208945 Public health and people in poverty

Monday, November 9, 2009: 11:30 AM

Philip DeVol, Consultant , aha! Process, Inc., Marengo, OH
LT Pattama Saengsawang Ulrich, RN, BSN, MPH , ASPR/Secretary's Operation Center, Department of Health and Human Services/Office of the Secretary, Washington, DC
The current design of public health approaches and the outcomes suggest that policy makers and program designers do not fully understand the causes of poverty or the impact that it has on individuals and the community. The course will use the lens of economic class to develop accurate mental models of poverty, middle class and wealth. With new constructs, a new lexicon, new community structures, and new tools public health practitioners will be challenged to redesign their approaches. The content will include: the argument for use of economic class as an analytic category; the development of an accurate mental model for poverty as it is experienced now; a review of the research on the causes of poverty; information on how to engage people in poverty in problem solving; information on language registers that explains why public health messages are not reaching the audience and will explore how to communicate more effectively; information on the hidden rules of class that can be used to develop relationships of mutual respect; how to design effective programs; implication for public health policy. This course will be based on the book Bridges Out of Poverty and the workbook Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin'- by World. Bridges to change the mindset of middle class providers, Getting Ahead to engage people in poverty as community problem-solvers. Several communities in the U.S. and Canada have adopted Bridges approaches to building high-impact, comprehensive strategies for helping people out of poverty and building healthy and prosperous communities.

Learning Objectives:
1.Participants will differentiate three hidden rules of class that impact the relationships people in poverty have to effectively develop a community health planning and policy program. 2.Participants will identify the registers of language and one strategy to improve community health planning and policy outcomes. 3.Participants will demonstrate how to effectively engage and coach people in poverty to develop a healthy, sustainable and self-sufficient community.

Keywords: Poverty, Community-Based Public Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Philip DeVol, CCDC (6/81-6/03) of Marengo, Ohio has been training and consulting on poverty issues since 1997 and is co-author of Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities. He works with organizations to redesign programs to better serve people in poverty, as well as with communities to systemically address community sustainability. Philip is the author of Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World: Building Your Resources for a Better Life, a life-planning workbook for people in poverty that brings together three primary influences: Dr. Ruby K. Payne’s work on the hidden rules of class, research on knowledge transfer, and the knowledge of participants living in poverty. Philip builds on his 19 years as director of an out-patient substance abuse treatment facility where he designed treatment programs and collaborative systems for school-based prevention, school-based intervention, and Ohio’s first alternative school for recovering young people. The agency also developed specific treatment programs for women and adolescents, plus a substance abuse treatment program for a correctional facility. He is also the co-author of The Complete Guide to Elementary Student Assistance Programs. He consults for aha! Process, Inc.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.