227640 Public Health Grand Rounds (PHGR): Empowering the Community Through Distance Education (DE)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 : 2:30 PM - 2:50 PM

LaCema Womack, MS, ED SPEC , Continuing Medical Education, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detoit, MI
Sharon Quincy, RD, MA , Nutrition Services, Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion, Detroit, MI
Yvonne Rush , Administration, Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion, Detroit, MI
Anita Verna Moncrease, MD, MPH , Administration, Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion, Detroit, MI
Alberta Smith-Plump, RN , Herman Keifer Complex, Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion, Detroit, MI
Stephine Harrington , Production, Detroit Cable Communications Commission, Detroit, MI
Background: Wayne State University School of Medicine (WSUSOM) and the Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion (DHWP) leadership have developed new and innovative approaches to information sharing with staff, clients, partners, and the community through Distance Education (DE). These collaborations include the DHWP PHGR Series. WSUSOM is the largest single campus medical school in the country. Traditional education and teaching models in academic settings often proves costly, time consuming and inefficient for information sharing. More cost-effective models are needed. DHWP is the eleventh largest health department in the United States and services over 990,000 Detroit residents. DE is an effective and increasingly popular tool for training, teaching, and educating the public health community and the consumers.

Design: PHGR series incorporates the designated monthly National Health Initiative (NHI), Healthy People 2010 (HP), and local health concerns. PHGR informs, educates, and shares information on NHI's, HP, and DHWP services. The target audiences are DHWP staff, health providers, and community. PHGR series is recorded live, rebroadcast throughout the year on cable television, and Internet video streamed on WSUSOM and the City of Detroit websites.

Results: The strategy is to roll out the NHI monthly challenge, sustain the dialogue over the year, to empower consumers and providers to enforce the NHI. The DHWP staff, local, and national experts present the NHI.

Conclusion: DHWP PHGR is the only PHGR program in the United States that offers live seminars, cable television rebroadcasts, video streaming and the opportunity to receive “Educational Credits” from viewing. DE has proven to be an important means for leadership to share information with staff, consumers and providers.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Administration, management, leadership
Communication and informatics
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify distance education models that incorporate two different media 2. Demonstrate how distance education opportunities assist in the professional development of health care providers and the education of community residents. 3. Develop and sustain collaboration between the local health department, academic institutions, and health professionals with the community customers

Keywords: Distance Education, Information Technology

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am project manager for distance learning continuing medical education programs using interactive technologies at Wayne State University School of Medicine.
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.