Online Program

A Fruitful Partnership in Metro-Detroit

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

DiAne Townsel, MSW, Cancer Clinical Trials Office, Beaumont Health System, Royal Oak, MI

Limited access to educational resources continues to be a major factor preventing underserved and minority populations in Metropolitan-Detroit from making healthy food choices and engaging in consistent physical activity. Devising strategies to provide these resources remains a major determinant in alleviating existing health disparities. 

methods and strategies:

A culturally synthesized version of the “Eat Healthy, Be Active Community Workshops” (Based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010, and 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans) was created in partnership with Beaumont Health System, Food & Drug Administration- Detroit District Office and Michigan State University Extension in an effort to guide individuals toward making healthier food choices and engaging in physical activity. Faith-based organizations, community and senior centers within the Metro-Detroit area were encouraged to host a workshop for their members. Since the inception of the workshops in 2013, more than 400 participants identified best practices for leading healthy lifestyles and were encouraged to disseminate methods with families and neighbors.


Upon completion of the first quarter, Beaumont’s health educator coded evaluations and met with partners, who served as advisers modifying key components of the format to better address the needs of the community members.

conclusions and lessons learned: 

Beaumont’s health educator shares assessments, based on the overall workshop evaluations, with partnering organizations. Developing community partnerships begins with knowing the strengths of each partner and what they can offer the community. Effectively using the resources and expertise of our community partners is paramount in making the workshops most efficacious.

Learning Areas:

Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning

Learning Objectives:
Identify each partner's strengths and assess the community's benefits of the partnership Evaluate the strength of the partnership (Are all partners providing the resources, tools or information discussed) -How to address partnerships that are not in the best interest of the group.

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

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a Community Health Educator and I assess, plan, implement and evaluate the current outreach programs within the oncology department. My focus is decreasing existing health disparities within minority and under-served populations. The plan to ameliorate health outcomes is dependent upon educating the community and sharing success stories.
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.