142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Power of Place: Inclusion, Equity and Community Transformation

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 : 11:10 AM - 11:30 AM

Beatriz Solis, PhD, MPH , South Region, The California Endowment, Los Angeles, CA
The foremost challenge of the 21st Century for California, is how we will offer the opportunity for health and prosperity for all of our residents. Today, too many Californians encounter unnecessary obstacles to good health and the American Dream. Residents in California’s low income communities have known for a long time that health doesn’t only happen in a doctor’s office or emergency room. Health happens in safe and thriving communities where access to parks, open space, grocery stores, clean air and water are not luxuries. Health happens when residents can meaningfully participate in civic decision-making and the ideas and aspirations of young people are heard and supported. Health happens when no groups are offered second-class citizenship or have to live their lives in the shadows.  The presenter will discuss a bold, 10 year, place-based initiative to foster and encourage thriving communities where all children and families can live healthy, safe and productive lives.  The foundation's place-based initiative focuses on 14 communities in California where residents, youth, community leaders and policymakers come together to make health happen in their communities. In this session, participants will come away with a better understanding and appreciation of the role of community power and narrative in shaping and changing the equation for opportunity for all. Community transformation can occur when communities build power among residents and youth, enhance their abilities to work effectively together, leverage their resources and partnerships, and change the stories about community conditions, health and prevention.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Diversity and culture
Public health or related public policy
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Identify how social determinants of health can be integrated into a community change strategy. Name five drivers of change that promote community-level change. List practical applications in supporting community change strategies that improve health for public and private funders.

Keyword(s): Community-Based Health, Community-Based Partnership & Collaboration

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Beatriz Maria Solís, M.P.H., Ph.D., is The California Endowment's Director of Healthy Communities, South Region, for the foundation’s 10-year strategic program Building Healthy Communities. As director of Healthy Communities, Solís is responsible for advancing the vision and strategic direction of the initiative, as well as helping achieve established goals and outcomes through The Endowment’s philanthropic efforts in Southern California. She received her master’s and doctorate in Public Health from UCLA’s School of 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.