142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Year 1 in review: Evaluation of an academic health department

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Monday, November 17, 2014 : 9:10 AM - 9:30 AM

Nannette Turner, PhD, MPH , College of Health Professions, Mercer University, Atlanta, GA
Huey Chen, PhD , Public Health, Mercer University, Atlanta, GA
Jimmie Smith Jr., MD, MPH , Department of Public Health, Mercer University College of Health Professions, Macon, GA
David Harvey, MD , North Central Health District, Macon, GA
Academic health departments (AHD) are a proposed method to promote academic- agency partnerships that lead to population health improvements. AHD is a formal agreement between  an academic institution training public health students and a local or state health department that demonstrates mutual benefit by enhancing both entities and ultimately leads to health improvements in the community. Mercer University Department of Public Health and the Georgia North Central Health District developed a liaison-based AHD. The liaison position is funded equally by both organizations. The framework for the partnership is captured in a logic model outlining the inputs, activities, outputs, and outcomes.

A process evaluation was conducted to provide an analysis of inputs, activities, and outputs described in the logic model.  All inputs and activities have been achieved as outlined in the logic model; the outputs have not all materialized.   Of seven outputs, four have been implemented:  the liaison has been hired; shared research projects have been completed or are ongoing; several students are involved in community service or research projects in cooperation with the health district; there is a joint publication and presentation with shared authorship.  The remaining activities to be implemented include:  continuing education activities conducted by faculty within the district; district staff conducting lectures in the PH program; and joint events.

Barriers to outputs delivery include:  timing and scheduling conflicts, matching district needs with faculty expertise, and funding for training events. A committee consisting of participants from both entities is charged with developing strategies to address barriers.

Learning Areas:

Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Describe the implementation of an academic health department Evaluate the year 1 outputs of an academic health department

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

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the prinicpale investigator on academic health department research. I am the lead author on a peer-reviewed publication on academic health departments. I have a PhD in Health Education and Health Promotion.
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.