Online Program

Developing boards of health: Findings from a training pilot

Monday, November 2, 2015 : 1:10 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Phyllis Meadows, PhD, MSN, RN, Office of Public Health Practice, University of Michigan, School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI
Phoebe Goldberg, MPH, CHES, Office of Public Health Practice, Michigan Public Health Training Center, University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI
Hope Rollins, BS, Michigan Public Health Association, Okemos, MI
Laurie Taylor, Michigan Public Health Institute, Okemos, MI
Jane Boyden, Innovative Solutions Team, Michigan Public Health Institute, Okemos, MI
Boards of health and their members are critical stakeholders within the population health system and public health workforce. While boards of health across the country have varied structures and responsibilities, they all provide governance that is essential for advancing the goals and objectives of local public health. Boards of health are often comprised of members from interdisciplinary backgrounds. This session will present one method of developing board of health members to have a shared understanding of their role in public health in order to most effectively draw upon their diverse expertise. In 2015, the Michigan Public Health Training Center, housed at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, is piloting a training series entitled Governance in Action for Public Health. This course was designed in collaboration with the Michigan Public Health Institute.  Its intention is to equip new board of health members with a basic understanding of public health and provide them with practical suggestions for supporting the work of local public health agencies and their leadership. This 7-module online series draws upon the Six Functions of Public Health Governance established by the National Association of Local Boards of Health to frame areas of action for boards to take. This session will share preliminary findings from the pilot of the training among several boards of health in Michigan and Ohio. Findings will demonstrate the training’s impact on participants’ knowledge of key concepts and offer initial data on the effectiveness of the training in providing board members with strategies for their work. Pilot results are also expected to indicate what additional resources or future training areas would benefit board of health members. In the long term, this training will be made available nationally with the intention of supporting effective collaboration among those in public health governance, administration, and others.

Learning Areas:

Public health administration or related administration
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the effectiveness of one method used to train board of health members in their potential roles in public health governance.

Keyword(s): Workforce Development, Training

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: My educational background is in Health Behavior and Health Education. I have been with the Michigan Public Health Training Center since 2012, first as Project Coordinator and now as Program Manager. In these roles I have developed and implemented numerous training needs assessments and corresponding training activities for the current and future public health workforce.
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.