142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Positive Action Approaches to Reduce Disparities and Improve Nutrition Health Equity

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 : 5:10 PM - 5:30 PM

Azizur Molla, M.P.H., Ph.D. , Public Health, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI
Nilufar Jaha, MBBS, DTM&H, Ph.D. , Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA), Dhaka, Bangladesh
The state of women health in a nation can be characterized by numerous factors, such as outcome measures like maternal mortality, morbidity and maternal nutrition status. Millions of children and women suffer from one or more forms of malnutrition including low birth weight, wasting, stunting, and underweight. Anemia, iodine deficiency disorders are also a problem. Malnutrition does not only affect individuals but its effects go on from generation to generation as malnourished mothers give birth to infants who struggle to develop and thrive.  The development efforts have brought about major changes in Bangladesh over the last decade, yet the nutritional situation of women, adolescent girl and children in Bangladesh are still of great concern. It is still a very much male dominating society. One study shows the proportion of female-headed households in rural areas increased from 2% in 1996 to 6% in 2005. Although female-headed households had better educated mothers than male-head households, their higher vulnerability surfaces throughout. This paper is based on a review of different Government, Non-governmental organization and UNICEF supported research findings. It aim to assess how women can be empowered to reduce community malnutrition, examine community intervention to increase healthcare access among the poor, and demonstrate joint government and non-government initiative to assess nutritional program needs. The improvement of maternal and child nutritional status is vital for national development. Community friendly health interventions like nutritional education will improve the nutritional status of women, adolescent girl and children which will ultimately improve the capacity of Bangladeshi women.

Learning Areas:

Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Assess how women can be empowered to reduce community malnutrition Examine community intervention to increase healthcare access among the poor Demonstrate joint government and non-government initiative to assess nutritional program needs

Keyword(s): Community Health Programs, Local Public Health Agencies

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am working as an Associate Professor position in the Department of Public Health, College of Health Professions at Grand Valley State University. My area of interest includes social & behavioral health, community health, environmental health, health education and promotion, and health communication and advocacy, including research methods. I have ten years of college and university level experience in teaching and doing research on public health issues in Bangladesh, in the U.S. and in Haiti.
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.