263474 Evaluating Undoing Racism and Health Equity Training with a State Health Department

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 : 1:30 PM - 1:50 PM

Allison Krusky, MPH, RD , School of Public Health, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Thomas Reischl, PhD , Prevention Research Center of Michgian, University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI
Alethia Carr, RD, MBA , Bureau of Family, Maternal and Child Health, Michigan Department of Community Health, Lansing, MI
Derek M. Griffith, PhD , School of Public Health, Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Brenda Jegede, MPH, MSW , Bureau of Family, Maternal and Child Health, Michigan Department of Community Health, Lansing, MI
Diana Dunn, MS , The People's Institute for Survival and Beyond, New Orleans, LA
Renee Canady, PhD , Ingham County Health Department, Lansing, MI
Doak Bloss, BA , Ingham County Health Department, Lansing, MI
The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) has partnered with local health departments, community-based organizations and the University of Michigan to form the PRIME (Practices to Reduce Infant Mortality through Equity) project. The PRIME project has several goals, one of which is to identify a replicable workforce training and practice model that will identify and eliminate institutional discriminatory policies and practices as a means to promote health equity. The PRIME project hosted two trainings for MDCH staff, and local community partners. The Undoing Racism (UR) workshops (facilitated by the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond) engaged 158 MDCH staff and partners. The Health Equity and Social Justice (HESJ) workshops (facilitated by the Ingham County Health Department) engaged 87 MDCH staff and local health professionals. The evaluation methods included assessing changes in self-rated competencies to explain racism concepts, to engage in authentic dialogue on race equity, and to identify MDCH policies and practices that influence health equity. We also assessed changes in knowledge about racism and health equity issues. We found statistically significant increases in these training outcomes at both training events. We also conducted focus group discussions with UR participants to better understand MDCH staff reactions to the UR training. The participants' comments on both training events revealed a variety of reactions and highlighted the diversity of ideas for improving MDCH policies and practices. Discussion of these results will focus on the uses of the health equity trainings to address racial health disparities.

Learning Areas:
Diversity and culture

Learning Objectives:
Describe the impacts of health equity training on state employees including future implications.

Keywords: Evaluation, Health Disparities

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I worked extensively on the evaluation of the two training programs which were hosted by the Michigan Department of Community Health. I was also involved in the production of the focus group report on the Undoing Racism Workshop. I graduated from the University of Michigan School of Public Health with a Masters in Public Health.
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.