Online Program

Bellevue flu project: Outreach into schools and communities

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Aaron Hultgren, MD, MPH, MAT, Department of Emergency Medicine, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY
Christopher Wang, College of Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
Cole Gibbons, School of Medicine, New York University, New York
Background:Emergency medicine is at the forefront during influenza outbreaks. Initiated during the H1N1 influenza outbreak in 2009, the emergency medicine department of New York University Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital Center initiated an art poster contest to educate elementary school children about hand washing and flu prevention. The project has evolved into service learning for medical students and residents as well as collaborations with public schools. Purpose:The Bellevue Flu Project is a public health education intervention linking an academic emergency department with New York City public schools to educate children on influenza prevention. Significance:Influenza outbreaks continue to be an important public health issue and academic emergency departments can provide public health education and public health behavioral modification. Methodology:The program involves flyer distributions, poster contests for 4th and 5th grade New York City elementary school students, school visits, classroom presentations, and an art exhibit. Finding/Results:The program demonstrated outreach to schools in all five boroughs of New York City resulting in over 700 poster contestant entries from more than 25 public schools over a two-year period. Influenza education outreach was conducted through the use of art activities and dramatic presentations across grade levels. Conclusions/recommendations:Collaboration with schools provides further linkages between hospitals and communities to educate the public both in and out of the hospital through a influenza poster contest and public health activities in the classroom and during the exhibit. Additionally, influenza prevention education could be combined with already successful influenza school vaccination programs.

Learning Areas:

Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Describe approaches to provide influenza prevention through outreach to schools Demonstrate how to further reach communities through influenza outreach to schools and elementary students

Keyword(s): Public Health Education and Health Promotion, Community Education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been involved in public health education at several levels as an elementary teacher, medical student, resident, and faculty member at School of Medicine. I have received grants from the American Medical Association Foundation for health literacy and the Emergency Medicine Residents Association on community education for elementary students. In addition, I have mentored medical students and residents on national and international education projects.
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.