Online Program

Answering the call: Health equity education and the public health workforce in Florida

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 : 10:46 a.m. - 11:02 a.m.

Deanna Wathington, MD, MPH, FAAFP, Office of Academic and Student Affairs, University of South Florida, College of Public Health, Tampa, FL
Thometta Brooks, MS, CGMP, Center for Equal Health, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
Alma Dixon, Ed.D., MPH, RN, Office of the Provost, Bethune Cookman University, Daytona Beach, FL
The state of Florida has a richly diverse population and is poised to become a majority minority state within a generation; the majority of children in the state are from minority populations. This wonderful melting pot of populations brings an inherent responsibility – addressing the disparate health status of these populations – to meet the Florida Department of Health's vision “To be the healthiest state in the nation”.

Although the state has an Office of Minority Health, four HBCU's, Hispanic-serving colleges, and three CEPH accredited colleges of Public Health, none of these offer graduate level certificates/degrees in health equity. To address this need, the USF College of Public Health (COPH) and Bethune Cookman University have launched a health equity certificate which represents the first collaboration between a Florida research university and a Florida HBCU.

A key component of the certificate is the inclusion of the Odessa Chambliss Center for Health Equity as the field placement site where students will practice the integration of their acquired knowledge/skills. Students can apply courses from this certificate into an MPH or doctoral degree program at the USF COPH. These courses include foundational classes in social and behavioral science and health disparities, an immersion in the social determinants of health and health equity, with additional coursework addressing community engagement and advocacy with systems/policy implications.

The evaluative component of the program will monitor student success and track subsequent matriculation into graduate level programs, employment status after completion, and suitability as a pipeline initiative for underrepresented students.

Learning Areas:

Diversity and culture
Public health or related education
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Identify the need for a public health workforce trained in health equity issues in the state of Florida Discuss the utility of the new certificate as a successful pipeline initiative for students/public health workers from underrepresented populations List the workforce and educational options available to students upon completion of the certificate Compare the cost benefits of certificate completion

Keyword(s): Workforce, Minority Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to be an abstract Author because I have over 20 years of educating nurses in the state of Florida who are prepared as credible health messengers to address the issues of health disparities, social determinants of health and social justice. I also have extensive experience in collaborating with other Florida institutions of higher learning who share the mission of addressing health equity.
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.