228535 Workforce Training Series on Addressing Health Inequities for Alameda County Public Health Department

Monday, November 8, 2010 : 10:50 AM - 11:10 AM

Mia Luluquisen, DrPH, MPH, RN , Alameda County Public Health Department, Community Asssessment Planning and Education/Evaluation Unit, Oakland, CA
Katherine Schaff, MPH , Alameda County Public Health Department, Community Assessment Planning and Education/Evalution Unit, Oakland, CA
In 2006, the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) made an organizational commitment to conduct a comprehensive workforce training series that aimed to build the understanding of public health, social determinants of health, health disparities and health inequities. Concurrent to undertaking a participatory strategic planning process with ACPHD staff, policymakers, government officials and community residents, this local health department began its workforce training process to build its internal organizational capacity to health inequities.

ACPHD, as the local health department for 1.5 million residents, became concerned that while the health of most people in Alameda County has been improving, there are still large and persistent health inequities. Health inequities are differences in health outcomes between groups of people that are a result of systemic injustice. While significant health inequities affect many groups, in Alameda County, they are much worse for African-Americans, Latinos, and Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islanders, as well as low income residents in general. ACPHD's 2006 health status report also pointed to evidence that the health inequities between groups are getting worse.

The workforce training series on public health consists of five modules: 1) history of public health, core functions and ten essential services, 2) cultural competency and cultural humility, 3) undoing racism, 4) health equity and 5) community capacity building. The training and facilitation approach draws on Paolo Freire's theory of popular education. Each ACPHD training session has been unique in composition, with different trainers and staff participants, resulting in rich discussions among staff with diverse life experiences and perspectives.

This presentation will provide a description of the training modules, the in-house train-the-trainer model, the administrative processes for conducting trainings for 600 ACPHD staff, and evaluation results from conducting a comprehensive agency-wide workforce development project.

Learning Areas:
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health administration or related administration
Public health or related education
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines

Learning Objectives:
1) Participants will be able to describe a workforce development training for public health department staff on health inequities. 2) Participants will be able to define and describe an interactive, populuar education approach to workforce development trainings. 3) Participants will be able to assess the relevance of trainings on health inequities for public health department staff.

Keywords: Workforce, Education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I manage the staff training program (Public Health101) for Alameda County Public Health Department, including the design, implementation and evaluation of this program.
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.