Online Program

Health in Organizational Policies: Philadelphia Ujima's Program Evaluation

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

Oluwatoyin Fadeyibi, PharmD, MPH(c), Drexel University School of Public Health, Philadelphia, PA
Candace Robertson-James, DrPH, Office of Urban Health Equity, Education and Research, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Ana Nunez, MD, Women's Health Education Program, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Lidyvez Mejia, MPH (candidate), Office of Urban Health Equity, Education & Research, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

Background and Purpose: Drexel University College of Medicine’s Philadelphia Ujima Health Collaborative represents a coalition of community, academic and faith organizations that have partnered to improve the health of their organizations and communities. The coalition addresses heart health, nutrition, fitness, sexual health and healthy relationships through a health promotion outreach and training program. The coalition was formed in 2007 and has recently completed its first site-wide program evaluation. The principal goal of the evaluation was to assess the impact of Ujima’s health promotion programming on the partner sites’ health behaviors and organizational policies.

Methods/Design: Key informant interviews were conducted with the adult community sites and focus groups were conducted with the high school partner as part of this evaluation. Key informants were recruited to participate by site liaisons who also served as key informants. Thirteen semi-structured interviews and three focus groups (with 6 participants each) were conducted with 6 partner sites. The interviews and focus groups assessed a) Level of knowledge retention from educational sessions b) Effects of programming on organization’s health culture and c) Changes in the organization’s formal and informal policies that occurred as a result of Ujima’s health promotion program.

Findings/Conclusion: All (100%) of the interviewed partner sites implemented at least one health policy change in their organization as a direct result of Ujima’s programming. The implication of these results is that Ujima’s health promotion activities imparted knowledge that was largely sustained and that mobilized partner community organizations to successfully change their health culture.

Learning Areas:

Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines

Learning Objectives:
Discuss institutional changes made by community organizations participating in a gender-integrated health program Identify key lessons learned in implementing a community based health promotion program

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

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a Public Health student serving as a health disparities researcher through a NIH funded grant. The main goal of my research is to conduct the program evaluation for UJIMA, under the leadership of Dr. James as my mentor. I was selected as presenter and I am an author on the content because I am primarily responsible for collecting and analyzing the data, and also for developing the manuscript showcasing the results.
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.