256679 Communities Working in Partnership: Building Capacity in the Community to Affect Social Determinants of Health Through Policy Change

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 : 8:50 AM - 9:10 AM

Kent Key, MPH , Community Based Organization Partners, Flint, MI
Arlene Sparks, MPA , GCCARD, Flint, MI
Suzanne Cupal, MPH , Community Health, Genesee County Health Department, Flint, MI
Irene S. Bayer, MHSA , School of Public Health, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Lee Bell, AA , Neighborhood Round Table, Flint, MI
E. Hill De Loney, MA , Flint Odyssey House-Health Awareness Center, Flint, MI
Introduction: Recognizing the importance of affecting social determinants of health (SDOH) through policy change, Community-Based Organization Partners (CBOP), Genesee County Health Department, and University of Michigan, community-academic partners in Flint, Michigan since 1991, joined in a national project, Communities Working in Partnership Policy/Advocacy Training (CWP) aimed at strengthening the capacity of communities to engage in policy change efforts. Experienced community-academic partners completed training and then applied what they learned to train others in their community.

Methods: Following a two-day train-the-trainers workshop, a broad representation from local groups was invited to a one-day workshop focused on a subset of topics from the original training: power-mapping and advocacy strategies. CWP materials were adapted for local relevance. Follow-up activities included a policy panel of local officials taped for community access TV. These activities contributed to on-going work and new policy efforts.

Results: Twenty-two community-academic leaders completed the train-the-trainers; this cadre conducted the workshop for 24 participants and organized follow-up activities for about 90 attendees. Evaluation results included: increased efficacy to create policy change; broad participation in subsequent policy activities; and catalyzing policy change in education (e.g. electing a CBOP member to the Flint school board and changing nutrition/physical activity policies in Clio schools).

Discussion: This year, CWP-Flint trainers will conduct additional workshops by invitation. They also plan collective advocacy for SDOH changes in the school system. This presentation by CWP-Flint community trainers will discuss lessons learned, e.g. how CWP enhanced the climate for change in a community poised for this kind of work.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
1. Recognize the importance of affecting underlying social determinants of health through policy change to improve the health of community residents. 2. Discuss process used by community-academic partners to adapt policy/advocacy training for local relevance. 3. Discuss lessons learned by community-academic partners from conducting policy/advocacy training and activities in increasing efficacy and promoting local policy change to improve health.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a community presenter and Executive Deputy Director of Community Based Organization Partners in Flint Michigan, a partner organization on this project. I am a Communities Working in Partnership trainer and have conducted multiple training workshops in my community. I have also presented on this project at previous conferences.
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.