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Retrospective Summary with Lessons on Sustainability on developing and implementing PH 101 Series in Alameda County Public Health Department

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 11:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Mia Luluquisen, DrPH, MPH, RN, Office of the Director, Alameda County Public Health Department, Oakland, CA
Liz Maker, DrPH, Community Assessment Planning, Education/Evaluation Unit, Alameda County Public Health Department, Oakland, CA
This paper examines development, implementation and evaluation of Alameda County Public Health Department’s (ACPHD) PH 101, which trained nearly 500 staff members in concepts of social determinants of health and addressing health inequity. 

PH 101 grew out of an ACPHD response to a 2000 Health Status report which underscored glaring differences in health outcomes among its diverse racial/ethnic population. Key leaders took actions to address these issues, conducting epidemiological analyses and undergoing an extensive participatory strategic planning process and implementing a PH 101 training series to address health inequities. Creating the 5-session curriculum content took several years, using iterative development and evaluation processes that required revisions in its content and interactive training methodology. Implementation ended in 2013 due to major changes in leadership and program staff, along with shifts in organizational priorities within ACPHD.

The retrospective summary will explore these questions: 1) What are key elements of sustainability for a local public health department to increase staff knowledge about how to address social determinants of health and health inequities?  2)  What organizational policies worked to foster staff engagement and participation in the training series?  3) What are the implications for administrative policies, capacity building, and overall organizational structural design that would foster sustained work force development training programs on social determinants and health inequities?   

 Moving forward, ACPHD’s application for local health department accreditation requires a workforce development plan, which will include an updated version of the PH 101 training series that addresses challenges in implementation and sustainability from the initial efforts.

Learning Areas:

Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Describe the planning and implementation process for a public health workforce development training program aimed at increasing understanding of social determinants and health inequities. List at least three systems-level challenges to sustaining a comprehensive workforce development training project in a large local public health department.

Keyword(s): Public Health Curricula & Competencies, Workforce Development

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: In my position as Deputy Director of Community Assessment Planning and Education/Evaluation (CAPE), I was responsible for coordinating, developing and implementing the 5-part PH 101 training series for Alameda County Public Health Department. I am the primary author for 3 of the 5 sessions. Moreover, I worked closely with evaluation staff to continuously monitor the progress, through staff surveys.
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.