142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Engaging Nebraska rural college students and practitioners through a university - community college partnership

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Monday, November 17, 2014 : 8:50 AM - 9:10 AM

Alice Schumaker, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs , College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
Promoting awareness and importance of public health and its career opportunities to freshman and sophomore college students is timely in  planning their educational and professional careers. This pilot project focuses on a partnership between the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health (COPH) and Northeast Community College (NECC). Several educational activities are included: panel discussions on relevant public health issues to NECC faculty, students and members of the surrounding community; guest lectures by COPH faculty in NECC health/science course; and a visit by NECC students to the Medical Center campus.  Public health practitioners, including those affiliated with a NECC Community Health Worker certificate training program  and local health departments, serve on “expert” panels to discuss public health issues relevant to the rural Northeast Nebraska community (county where NECC is located is 98% rural according to the U.S. Census).  These issues include agricultural health; occupational health due to meat packing and other manufacturing industries in the area; food safety; and prevention of obesity, heart disease and other prevalent chronic conditions and access to care for migrant and refugee populations. Exposing students to public health education may increase the likelihood of their recognizing/choosing public health as an alternative to medicine, dentistry, and other traditional professional degrees for which they may not be suited or prepared for.  This project will provide insights into institutional partnerships aimed at student recruitment, engaging the public health practitioners, thus increasing student perceptions of public health careers as real and attainable.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Describe the benefits of a partnership between the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health and Northeast Community College.The learner can compare this partnership with his/her own public health educational institution's efforts. Assess the effect of promoting public health to freshmen and sophomore college students by incorporating public health practitioners in the area.

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

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am responsible for the academic programs at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health. Recruitment of students into graduate academic programs is a college-wide focus. I have broad experience in rural community development and health planning. I am a Public Health Association of Nebraska board member and collaborate with rural practitioners. Part of my job is to collaborate with other educational institutions in building dual degrees, recruitment, and 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.