251375 Translating evidence into practice via local grass roots capacity

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 9:00 AM

Irma Ramos, MD, MPH , Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences, Louisville, KY
Community outreach and engagement (COE) is at the forefront of developing communication approaches between environmental health researchers and community groups, policy makers, and healthcare professionals. COE programs build and sustain a bi-directional bridge between the various stakeholders. Additionally, COE programs convey the voice of the community to researchers. This provides to researchers the environmental health issues that are of importance or concern to the community. Furthermore, the community capacity provided by COE programs has proven to be critical in the response mobilized to environmental threats such as hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Ike and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in April 2010. This presentation will encompass the accomplishments, progress, and future goals of the COE program at the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences. With funding provided by the NIEHS' Community Outreach and Education Programs, this program has been able to sustain a partnership between academic researchers and communities built on the Promotores model. The goal of this partnership is to provide continuous environmental health education to underserved and disadvantaged populations in Shelbyville, Kentucky; a neighboring community of Louisville. The Promotores model initially focused on strengthening partnerships and credibility with community-based organizations providing services to the target population. This was followed by the creation of a Lay Health Educators/Promotores Network. To date, the Shelbyville Promotores have completed the first ever comprehensive community help and needs assessment required to define the health status, needs and priorities of community residents. The program is currently extending this model of environmental education while bringing a culturally-appropriate environmental health approach on conveying the critical intersection of genes, culture, environment and diseases.

Learning Areas:
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related education
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Assess local grass roots capacity that can be used to communicate and translate risk to communities within the context of air pollution exposure, especially to communities that are “difficult to reach”.

Keywords: Community Outreach, Community-Based Partnership

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: As a public health pediatrician, I oversee academic and research programs focusing on tranlation of knowledge into practice on the basis of community-based partnerships and grass roots capacity building. I have worked in this area for the past 12 years.
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.