244286 Increasing community impact through policy and environmental change in suburban Cook County, Illinois

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Rachael Dombrowski, MPH , Suburban Cook County Communities Putting Prevention to Work, Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago, Chicago, IL
Christina Welter, DrPH, MPH , Deputy Director, Prevention Services, Cook County Department of Public Health, Oak Forest, IL
Gina Massuda Barnett, MPH , Cook County Department of Public Health, Oak Forest, IL
The Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) which serves a geopolitically complex jurisdiction, comprised of nearly 2.3 million people residing in 125 communities, has traditionally addressed increasing rates of chronic disease through service oriented work. A demographic shift from urban centers to suburban communities among impoverished and minority populations coupled with decreased resources, initiated an agency shift from traditional public health towards policy and environmental change strategies in order to ensure greatest impact. In March 2010, a Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) grant administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was awarded to CCDPH and the Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago. This expansive obesity prevention initiative provided CCDPH the fiscal and human resources required to expand a policy and environmental change agenda. Given the complexities of working within a large, multi-faceted jurisdiction with no centralized government entities - strategic organization of coalition partners, regionalized outreach and community engagement was needed to ensure success of the CPPW initiative. CPPW enabled CCDPH to undertake an organization of the structures and systems necessary so that policy and environmental change can become a reality in SCC. This session will provide a snapshot of the organization of these systems and strategies from forming our leadership team, regionalizing staff and using incident command to implement our work. In addition, this session will describe how federal initiatives like CPPW can enable local health department capacity building and assist financially strapped public health agencies in delivering strategies that display the greatest impact.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Chronic disease management and prevention
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
1.)Identify the complexity and difficulties faced when working in suburban communities around policy and environmental change. 2.)Understand utilization of unique strategies like incident command and regionalization of staff in order to implement policy and environmental change in a suburban setting. 3.)Identify capacity building initiatives needed to engage local health departments in effective public health delivery.

Keywords: Federal Initiatives, Health Departments

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I am overseeing the suburban Cook County CPPW project which focuses on policy and environmental change in a suburban community.
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.