Online Program

Community voice in strategic planning for health equity

Monday, November 2, 2015 : 8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Gail Brandt, BS, RD, MPH, EdD, Office of Healthy Communities, Washington State DOH, Olympia, WA
Emily Turk, MPH, School of Public Health - Community Oriented Public Health Practice Program, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
In 2014, the Washington State Department of Health - Office of Healthy Communities  staff developed a self-assessment tool to identify organizational practices needed to achieve health equity through thoughtful collaboration with community organizations. A major component of the self-assessment included interviews with 20-25 community partners to gather their experiences working with the department. Interviewees were invited to share feedback on how the department addresses health inequities and the social determinants of health.  Partners were selected based on past or current work with programs and services and aligned with strategies in the Washington State Plan for Healthy Communities. Interview questions were written aligned with the department's current strategic plan to provide specific feedback goals, objectives and strategies. Once completed, the interviews were analyzed to identify themes. Draft recommendations were presented to leadership for their consideration.

The presenters will  provide the results from the assessment, share the process, lessons learned, and provide recommendations for health departments to effectively collaborate with partners in health equity work.

Learning Areas:

Administration, management, leadership
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Program planning
Public health administration or related administration
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines

Learning Objectives:
Describe the process used by the Washington State Department of Health to gather community input on improving business practices to achieve health equity Identify five successful strategies/recommendations for healthy collaboration with community partners

Keyword(s): Health Disparities/Inequities, Community-Based Partnership & Collaboration

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the WA State Department of Health - Health Equity manager. I lead a team of 13 staff who developed and are implementing a health equity work plan. I am responsible for insuring that business practices within the department support partnerships with community organizations in achieving health equity.
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.