142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Public Health Learning Modules: Using Healthy People 2020 to Improve Population Health

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Monday, November 17, 2014 : 11:10 AM - 11:30 AM

Jennifer Ibrahim, PhD, MPH , Public Health, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Jessica Boyer, MSW-MPH , Department of Public Health, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Background: Over the last few decades, there has been a steady shift in public health approaches to health promotion and disease prevention from a focus on individual interventions to a greater focus on population-based approaches. Using Healthy People 2020 as a framework, the purpose of this project was to build a series of educational modules that address policy and programming approaches to advance population health.

Results: We created fourteen modules that can be used individually to supplement an existing course or combined to create a stand-alone course for the education of undergraduate, graduate and/or professional students; modules can be adapted to the specific audience by using the appropriate exercises and student assessments. Each module includes readings, slides, video lectures, activities and student assessments; several modules include case studies to demonstrate practical use and associated challenges of public health practice. Topics addressed include substance use, tobacco, preparedness, obesity, injury prevention, mental health and several other areas. The modules were a collaborative effort created by faculty from CEPH accredited schools and programs and public health practitioners from across Philadelphia, providing students with a look at the career trajectories of professionals involved in public health.

Impact: Healthy People 2020 emphasizes the need for collaboration across disciplines and professions to drive and improve evidence-based public health policies and practices. The learning modules provide the latest evidence on a range of public health topics while demonstrating interprofessional collaboration among academics and practitioners in action; this is an essential element of public health education.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related education
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Describe Healthy People 2020 Learning Modules project Define the overarching goals of the Healthy People 2020 initiative Describe the available data to track progress related to Healthy People objectives Explain the modules format and how Healthy People can more effectively be integrated into public health and inter-professional education

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

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I was the principal investigator on the study and directed all aspects of the design and implementation. Area of research interest includes health policy development and implementation, particularly at the state and local level. My university work also inlcudes working to develop courses in health policy.
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.