5147.0 Policy and Advocacy to Promote Health Equity

Wednesday, November 11, 2009: 12:30 PM
The discussions in this session focus on language access issues, health information technology, impact of health bodies on local and state levels and advancing health equity. The panelist will discuss continued education and relationship building with Congressional offices in order to improve the collection and reporting of disaggregated data and increase research efforts in certain population. This session also focuses on how individuals and communities can take action on the root causes, address membership preferences, form collaborations which maximize production and effectiveness in an environment characterized by limited resources and provide recommendations for others working to advance health equity.
Session Objectives: Discuss the impact of having a Board of Health on public health capacities and capabilities. Differentiate between health literacy and critical health literacy. Discuss timely, federal health issues and articulate such issues into stories that can be translated into policy action. Develop questions for a membership survey and compare a live, interactive survey and an emailed, online survey and discuss its benefits. Describe what the concept of health equity means from the perspective of the community health practitioner and differentiate this from the traditional academic definition and identify strategies adopted by health organizations in advancing health equity.

12:30 PM
Creating community advocates using a critical health literacy model
C. Linn Gould, MS, MPH and Elizabeth Mogford, PhD, MPH
1:15 PM
Engaging your constituency: The Kansas Public Health Association membership project
Ruth Wetta-Hall, RN, PhD, MPH, MSN, Amy Chesser, PhD, MA, Traci Hart, PhD, MA, Janis Goedeke, RN, ARNP, Sonja Armbruster, MAC and Eldonna Chesnut, RN, BSN, MSN

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Organized by: Community Health Planning and Policy Development
Endorsed by: Family Violence Prevention Forum, Asian Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health, Socialist Caucus, Social Work

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)