Improving Health for All: Changing the culture of a local public health department to address health inequities
With full administrative support, this 6-part mandatory training outlines the public health system, its core functions and 10 essential services, cultural competency and cultural humility, the history of race and racism in the United States, the social determinants of health and health equity. Through facilitated exercises, these trainings promote dialogue around issues such as racism, discrimination, homophobia, the built environment and their correlation with health disparities and outcomes. IHA was launched in 2011 and is regularly updated based on evaluation results and new information, for example how this curriculum fits into RCDOPH’s Workforce Development Plan required for PHAB accreditation.
This presentation details steps taken to develop a novel training series designed for public health staff and includes detailed steps towards the development of IHA and facilitators guides; it covers successes and challenges in design, implementation, facilitation, budgetary concerns, barriers, curriculum assessment and staff response, and ends with a discussion of summative evaluation results.
Learning Areas:Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Advocacy for health and health education
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related education
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Describe challenges encountered by RCDOPH in the implementation of a training series. List the steps taken by RCDOPH in the development of a training series.
Keyword(s): Health Disparities/Inequities, Workforce Development
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a founding member of the agencyâs Health Equity Committee, I serve on its executive sub-committee and chair the workgroup responsible for the Improving Health for All training.
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.