245413 Building capacity to promote community health

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 11:42 AM

Kim Ammann Howard, PhD , BTW informing change, Berkeley, CA
Recognizing that traditional models of care alone can not create and sustain health communities, the 12 year Community Clinics Initiative of The California Endowment and Tides launched a four-year $10 million effort to enhance the capacity of California community clinics to become “Centers for Community Health.” The goal of this program is to build on clinics' strengths and propel them to move outside their four walls and form networks with multi-sector partners to more effectively promote community health. The need for these networked approaches to health has been accentuated by the current economic crisis, health care reform and the changing landscape of health care delivery. In this session, we will describe the grantmaking model, including the variety of types of grantmaker supports as well as the different strategies (e.g., use of data, media advocacy, engagement of promotores) that networks are undertaking to address an array of community health issues. Based on the results of a mixed-methods evaluation, we will present the key processes and impacts from the initial two years of the program, which centered around enhancing capacity to promote community health. The program enhanced the organizational capacity of clinics and their partners, as well as the collective capacity of the networks and communities. We will share lessons learned about the keys ways to support capacity building that are applicable to those who design, implement and support community health efforts.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to: 1. Describe a center for community health and its purpose 2. Identify at least five successful approaches to help community clinics and their partners enhance their individual and collective capacity to promote community health

Keywords: Community Capacity, Community Health Programs

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I have over twenty years working on evaluations of public health initiatives.
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.