251776 Academic Health Department Learning Community: A New Opportunity for Academic-Practice Collaboration

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 8:30 AM

C. William Keck, MD, MPH , Community Health Sciences, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, Akron, OH
During this session, the Academic Health Department (AHD) Learning Community will meet in person for the first time; both current and prospective community members are invited to participate. The AHD Learning Community is a national community that connects educators, researchers, and practitioners in support of AHDs. The AHD model is based on formal affiliation of an academic health professions institution and a health department, with the aim of enhancing public health education and training, research, and service. The AHD Learning Community offers public health professionals an opportunity to share experiences and knowledge and engage in collaborative learning. The Learning Community has been working to define the AHD concept, describe the evolution of AHD development and growth, and identify practical examples of AHDs and plans to continue exploring AHD-related topics.

This interactive session will provide an opportunity for participants to learn more about AHDs and the AHD Learning Community. Activities, strengths, and benefits of the Learning Community will be highlighted, as will resources created or collected by the community. Participants will interact with colleagues interested in the AHD model and will be encouraged to share success stories and challenges related to developing, expanding, and sustaining AHDs and to suggest mechanisms for enhancing the growth and effectiveness of the Learning Community.

The AHD Learning Community is an initiative of the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice, supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and staffed by the Public Health Foundation.

Learning Areas:
Administration, management, leadership
Public health administration or related administration

Learning Objectives:
Define academic health department. Explain the purpose of the Academic Health Department Learning Community. Identify at least one AHD Learning Community activity in which you could participate.

Keywords: Health Departments, Collaboration

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I chair the Council on Linkages Academic Health Department Workgroup. I also have extensive experience with Academic Health Departments.
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.