262871 Mobilizing Communities to Improve Population Health

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 : 10:30 AM - 10:50 AM

Kate Sommerfeld, MPA , Community Impact, United Way of Greater Toledo, Toledo, OH
Communities across the country are plagued with rising poverty, failing education systems, growing unemployment and an alarming number of children with significant health issues- including obesity and malnutrition. With a focus on education, income, and health, United Way's community impact and engagement work seeks to address the societal and economic factors that impact population health. Similarly, the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps determinates of health model provides a complementary framework for creating broad community understanding, engagement and planning. This session will describe United Way of Greater Toledo's integrated approach to addressing the social determinates of health by increasing high school graduation rates. Focusing to improve one community indicator, provides a practical and manageable method for narrowing priorities, creating comprehensive strategies, and implementing integrated plans of action to achieve maximum collective impact. Concrete action steps on how a community can successfully engaged diverse stakeholders and systems to generate significant resources and drive measurable progress will be outlined. With an emphasis on improving policies, systems and environmental change, the process a community can take to move from recognition of the causes of poor health outcomes to strategy development, implementation and evaluation will also be explored. Improving population health requires hospitals, public health, government, nonprofit organization, education systems, faith-based communities and neighborhoods to take a holistic approach that incorporates and aligns work across sectors.

Learning Areas:
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Program planning
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
1)Demonstrate the relationship between the determinants of health model and United Way's model; 2) Identify examples of how to mobilize stakeholders in your community; 3) Describe the importance of integrating strategies and aligning plans of action

Keywords: Collaboration, Community Planning

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have a master of public administration and have significant experience in building community partnerships, creating strategic plans, engaging stakeholders and driving collaboration to advance outcomes. My professional work has centered on addressing policy, systems and environmental change in multiple health areas.
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.