235194 Infusing public health principles, practices, and priorities into a new community health middle and high school

Wednesday, November 2, 2011: 11:30 AM

Karen Denard Goldman, PhD, CHES , Community Health Program, Kingsborough Community College, CUNY, Brooklyn, NY
Yvonne Stennett , Office of the Executive Director, Community League of the Heights, New York, NY
Sandra Maldonado, MA , Office of the Principal, Community Health Academy of the Heights, New York, NY
Adam N. Stevens, MA , Office of the Assistant Principal, Community Health Academy of the Heights, New York, NY
The Community Health Academy of the Heights (CHAH) is an innovative New Visions School in Washington Heights, New York City. It was created to (1) develop a community health mindset among students, teachers, non-teaching staff, and students' caregivers; (2) have students apply community health principles and practices in class, throughout the school, and within the community; and (3) promote student enrollment in community health-related college majors. The purpose is to increase awareness of the impact of community health on personal health - the typical focus of school health programs. Lessons learned may provide a useful model for middle and high schools interested in adopting a community health theme. Based on diffusion of innovation theory, we conducted a baseline Community Health Infusion Assessment of key stakeholders - anticipated early adopters. We coordinated a retreat to review CHAH mission and project goals, proposed mission-centric changes in school policies, procedures, and products/projects, and to identify immediate, near-future, and eventual strategies for infusing community health throughout the curriculum, the school environment, and extra-curricular activities. After the retreat, we conducted a Community Health Infusion Campaign Perception survey. A series of staff development programs was developed and delivered by community health and academic partners, community leaders, students, and students' caregivers. In August 2011, we conducted a preliminary Community Health Infusion Inventory to assess mission-specific activities implementation levels. We will discuss results of the two infusion assessments and the Community Health Infusion Campaign Perception survey and present implications for follow up CHAH infusion plans.

Learning Areas:
Administration, management, leadership
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Program planning

Learning Objectives:
1. Compare and contrast the mission of the Community Health Academy of the Heights middle and high schools with 10 other local health-related specialty high schools 2. Explain specific immediate and long-term strategies introduced to infuse a community health theme into the operations of the Academy 3. Discuss examples of collaborative efforts among Academy teaching and non-teaching personnel, partner organizations, students, families, and project "allies" to achieve the school's mission

Keywords: School-Based Programs, Community Health Programs

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am acting as a consultant and principal investigator on the project to infuse community health related principles, priorities, and programs into middle and high school curricula and extra-curricular activities at the Community Health Academy of the Heights. Previously I have conducted research on the diffusion of innovation as it related to the diffusion of the Campaign for Healthier Babies for the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation. I have taught diffusion of innovation theory at colleges and universities and conducted workshops on theoretical foundations of health programs. I have also taught program planning at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
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.