245080 Multisectoral perspectives on using county health rankings to mobilize community action

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 11:24 AM

Caitlin McMurtry , Kansas Health Institute, Topeka, KS
Joseph Connor, MBA , Wyandotte County Department of Public Health, Kansas City, KS
Joe Reardon, Mayor/CEO of Wyandotte County/Kansas City Kansas, JD , Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, Kansas City, KS
Like many diverse, urban, and low-income areas in the country, Wyandotte County (which includes Kansas City, Kansas) has long struggled with problems of poor health among its residents. After placing last in both local and national county health ranking reports, officials decided to take action. Created to lead this effort, the Healthy Communities Wyandotte initiative formed partnerships with local government, school systems, health care providers, businesses, social service providers and residents and began to address social determinants of health through legislative action and community programs. This session will feature the work it takes to create a successful collaboration between diverse partners to turn public health data into meaningful community action. Presenters will include: the Kansas Health Institute (KHI), a technical adviser; Wyandotte's public health department, the initiative's facilitator; and the Mayor of Kansas City, Kansas, the initiative's leader. KHI will present background information on Wyandotte County and the success and challenges it experienced in partnering with the community. The health department will present on its intermediary role between technical advisers, community partners and government leaders, and how it facilitates the formation and work of the initiative. Finally, Mayor Joe Reardon will present on how he has used data to develop evidence-based policies, the political and financial effort it takes to implement such changes, and his methods for inspiring multisectoral support. Each perspective will be valuable for public health professionals using the County Health Rankings and creating community coalitions to address social determinants of health.

Learning Areas:
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the role of social determinants in shaping the needs and health outcomes of a community. 2. Analyze the benefits and challenges of working with diverse community partners. 3. Identify the possible contributions of different sectors and organizations to community coalitions. 4. Describe the political and fiscal considerations necessary for mobilizing community action for health improvement. 5. Assess the role of public health professionals in community-based initiatives.

Keywords: Community-Based Partnership, Policy/Policy Development

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I oversee the Kansas Health Institute's community health improvement program in Wyandotte County, Kansas. I am also a technical adviser to the Healthy Community Wyandotte initiative.
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.