142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Integrating chronic disease prevention and management programs and occupational therapy into a workforce development program for low-skilled, low-resourced individuals

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Monday, November 17, 2014 : 2:50 PM - 3:10 PM

Rickie O. Brawer, PhD, MPH , Center for Urban Health, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
James Plumb, MD, MPH , Department of Family and Community Medicine, Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA
The Career Support Network (CSN), a partnership between the Federation of Neighborhood Centers and an Academic Health Center and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Local Funding Partnerships Program, is an innovative, community-based project to improve the health of low-skilled, low resourced unemployed men and women, including those recently released from prison, in Philadelphia neighborhoods where the unemployment rate is 35% or higher. The unemployed often have multiple chronic health problems that are barriers to obtaining and retaining jobs and achieving economic stability. The CSN was developed  to help underserved, unemployed adults, enrolled in workforce development programs to overcome these barriers and succeed in long-term careers by creating an integrated, one-stop neighborhood center that weaves together occupational counseling, job training, peer support, mental health services, and chronic disease self management programs. The goal of the CSN is to enable vulnerable adults with limited skills, physical and/or behavioral health problems to become independent and productive members of the community through retaining sustainable jobs. The objectives to meet these goals focus on: 1) increasing healthy lifestyle behaviors related to chronic disease prevention and/or management among program participants, 2) improving chronic disease self management such as diabetes and hypertension, asthma, and arthritis, among program participants, and 3) assisting participants in developing skills and obtaining the supports necessary for independent productive living and job retention. The presentation will review the development, implementation and evaluation strategies, including health outcomes and job retention and recidivism. Outcomes for the first 130 participants will be presented.

Learning Areas:

Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Chronic disease management and prevention
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
Describe an approach to providing chronic disease management/ prevention and work enhancement programs in a workforce development and jobs program utilizing an interdisciplinary team Assess a methodology of engaging community organizations and funders to address job retention Identify the challenges of incorporating chronic disease management/ prevention and work enhancement programs in a workforce development and jobs program utilizing an interdisciplinary team

Keyword(s): Workforce Development, Chronic Disease Prevention

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have had twenty five years of public health program development and evaluation. I am responsible for the planning, implementation and evaluation of the Career Support network
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.