Online Program

Leveraging Academic-Community Engaged Scholarship with Citywide Health Assessment

Monday, November 2, 2015 : 10:50 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.

Jennifer Hebert-Beirne, MPH, PhD, Community Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, Chicago, IL
Jennifer Felner, MPH, University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, Chicago, IL
Yvette CastaƱeda, MPH, PhD candidate, Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Champaign, IL
Sheri Cohen, MPH, Bureau of Planning, Program Development and Quality Improvement, Chicago Department of Public Health, Chicago, IL
Schools of Public Health and their community research partners often sit on the sidelines as local public health departments engage in critical Community Health Assessment (CHA) that inform Community Health Improvement Plans for the residents in the surrounding community. Academic-community partners engaging in Community-based Participatory Research (CBPR) exploring place-based health equity, can be productive partners in CHA. This session will relay the evolution and outcomes of a partnership of the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health (UIC SPH) as a member of  Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH)’s Partnership for Healthy Chicago who is responsible for the city's CHA, Healthy Chicago 2.0. Specific advantages include the integration of theoretical models and innovative research methodology, leveraging the creativity of graduate students, and, maximizing the involvement of students and community members as partners in the CHA process. The multidirectional stakeholder engagement that results positioned UIC SPH students as key partners by allowing them purposeful training and exposure to fieldwork and community-based practice through data collection and analysis. Session attendees will be able to describe the type of iterative, interactive community-based learning coupled with classroom instruction that created a process for students to explore community health as expressed directly by community members and gain a nuanced understanding of various constructions of health and well-being.   Results from this collaboration will be used to recommend a more inclusive, CHA model. Specifically, recommendations for updating the National Association of City and County Health Officers Mobilizing Action for Planning and Partnerships will be presented.

Learning Areas:

Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Describe components of participatory scholarship that includes field based learning for graduate students that can support a citywide community health assessment involving stakeholders at all levels

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

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Principal Investigator on the Qualitative Component of this study. I am an experienced community-based researcher who engages in community health assessment in partnership with community-based organizations.
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.