142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Pushing the envelope: Transforming communities through engagement, convergence, and leadership

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 : 10:30 AM - 10:50 AM

Judith A. Monroe, MD , Director, Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support, Deputy Diretor, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
What should keep public health officials and health leaders up at night? 

We should be tossing and turning about abysmal, substandard statistics in our jurisdictions’ communities, despite having overall average, or above average, statistics under our authority. We should be viewing our jurisdictions through a close-up geographic lens to see, understand, and address the stark inequalities that exist. We must push the envelope. Location and assets matter. Collaboration and leadership do, too. We must venture beyond the “power of prevention” into the “power of community engagement and convergence,” and tackle the big challenges to improving population health—aligning multi-sector efforts and resources to address the social determinants of health that lead to health disparities.

This presentation will focus on the “power of partnership” and how partnerships can sustain momentum when resources are limited by time or suddenly redirected. The presenter will cover the challenges and successes of Community Transformation Grants and Healthy Communities. She will present place-based, case studies of diverse communities, such as the Pacific Territories, New Orleans, and San Antonio—and how this Texas town, as well as four other communities that include the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, was recently designated a “Promise Zone” as part of a federal government economic initiative. The presenter will also demonstrate a grant-funding mapping tool and discuss her organization’s approach to multi-sector leadership training that galvanizes communities to build a public health movement that enables America to be the healthiest nation in a generation.

Learning Areas:

Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related education
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Differentiate health outcome data in at-risk zip codes vs. jurisdictions-at-large. Discuss three strategies used in community transformation. Discuss the key success factors for multi-sector collaboration. Define “promise zones,” Healthy Communities, and convergence funding

Keyword(s): Leadership, Public Health Policy

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I provide critical leadership for supporting and revitalizing the public health system. Efforts focus on establishing a systems approach that supports integration and collaboration among public health professionals and translating science to practice to increase the capacity and performance of public health agencies. I lead several activities to strengthen relationships and communication with health officials. Through these channels, public health successes and their use of effective practices and strategies to tackle health concerns are promoted.
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.