Online Program

Community Center of Excellence in Women's Health: A cross departmental, hospital based approach to community education & outreach to address women's health across the lifespan

Monday, November 2, 2015 : 11:10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Elizabeth O'Neill, Family & Community Medicine, Center for Community Health, Christiana Care Health System, Wilmington, DE
Richard Derman, MD MPH, Dept. of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Christiana Care Health System, Newark, DE
Omar Khan, MD, MHS, FAAFP, Primary Care & Community Medicine, Christiana Care Health System, Wilmington, DE
Kathy A. Cannatelli, MS, Department of Family & Community Medicine, Christiana Care Health System, Wilmington, DE
Carla Aponte, BFA, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Christiana Care Health System, Wilmington, DE
Women are especially important in regards to health care, making approximately 80% of health care decisions for their families.  In 2002, Christiana Care’s Center of Excellence in Women’s Health initiated a collaborative effort cutting across departmental silos to leverage resources and expertise. Our goal is to connect women and families to health care services, community programs and health education. Internal and external community partnerships are essential to our work. Two signature outreach and educational programs include a Women’s Health Lecture Series, addressing women’s health across the lifespan and our annual Dance Your Heart event promoting physical activity to prevent heart diseaseThis year marks our 12th annual Domestic Violence Prevention Forum and 10th annual Visiting Professor program.  Other programs include Living with Diabetes for Spanish-speaking patients; parenthood classes in underserved neighborhoods and an access to care program for homeless women. We launched No Heart Left Behind, an intergenerational prevention program that teaches heart health to high school students and their mothers. Our annual awards program recognizes volunteers making an impact on women’s health. We provide internship experiences for nursing students, masters and doctoral students. The CCOE reaches approximately 2000 women annually reaching a diverse racial/ethnic audience. The ROI results for the women’s lecture series reveal an average $22.52 return per $1 spent in marketing. The CCOE has built and sustained professional and community based educational programs over twelve years, serving women across the lifespan. Our model engages multiple departments, leaders and statewide partnerships to better serve women and their families.

Learning Areas:

Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs

Learning Objectives:
Describe a hospital based, cross departmental/disciplinary approach to promote women's health across the lifespan. List the key components of a Community Center of Excellence in Women's Health.

Keyword(s): Health Promotion and Education, Women's Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have worked for and with CCOE programs.
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.