271621 Experiences of a Mid-Sized Health Department Working with the BARHII Organizational Self-Assessment Toolkit for Addressing Health Inequities

Monday, October 29, 2012 : 9:24 AM - 9:42 AM

Suellen Bennett, MSPH , Columbus Public Health Department, Columbus, OH
This session will focus on how local health departments can use the BARHII organizational self-assessment tool to further their efforts to address health inequities. Columbus Public Health (CPH), a mid-sized urban health department with 400 employees in Ohio. As with many other local health departments, CPH is concerned with addressing health inequities and the underlying conditions that impact health. Before moving forward with expanding its focus on health equity, CPH thought it was important to assess its current work and practices. CPH chose to devote one year to conducting all five phases of the BARHII organizational self-assessment. This tool provides an opportunity for health departments to examine their internal capacity to addresses health inequities, a snapshot of the work they are already doing to address health inequities, as well as feedback on organizational processes and structures. The talk will focus on importance of tailoring the tool, lessons from the implementation process, and how to use the results to move forward.

Learning Areas:
Administration, management, leadership
Advocacy for health and health education
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines

Learning Objectives:
Explain the importance of tailoring the BARHII tool. Discuss lessons learned from the BARHII tool implementation process. Explain how to use the results to move forward with health equity work.

Keywords: Organizational Change, Social Justice

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the lead epidemiologist on numerous community assessments for Columbus Public Health. I am the epidemiologist responsible for planning,implementing, analyzing, and reporting results for the BARHII Organizational Self-Assessment for Addressing Health Inequities at Columbus 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.