Online Program

Disability and public health: Expanding workforce development opportunities through academic-community partnerships

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Virginia Miller, DrPH MS MPH, Department of Health Sciences, University of Alaska Anchorage, Anchorage, AK
Healthy People 2020 has a goal to promote the health and well-being of people with disabilities and a specific objective to increase the proportion of U.S. MPH programs that offer graduate level courses in disability and health. Healthy Alaskans 2020 includes an objective to reduce the number of Alaskans without access to high quality and affordable health care. In 2013, a new graduate elective course, Disability and Public Health, was offered in the MPH Program at the University of Alaska. The distance-delivered course was designed with the following objectives: explore disability issues in the context of public health principles, programs and policies; examine the social determinants of health among people with disabilities using population data; provide an interdisciplinary, Alaskan perspective on issues related to services for individuals with disabilities; and integrate public health principles to enhance health promotion initiatives for people with disabilities.  Practicing public health professionals across Alaska as well as other states in the Northwest expressed interest in the course, but were not able to participate due to fiscal and time constraints.  In 2014, responding to the wide interest from practicing professionals, a 1 1/2 day video teleconference CE workshop, Disability and Public Health, was developed in collaboration with community agency partners, the MPH Program, and the Alaska LEND Program.  With registrations from 11 locations, the workshop was delivered face-to-face and in two distance sites. Evaluation findings addressing knowledge and integration into practice, along with future strategies for workforce development in rural and remote areas, will be presented.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Define the challenges of access to health care services for individuals with disabilities in rural and remote areas. Discuss the interest of public health professionals in a distance delivered course, Disability and Public Health Describe the application of video teleconferencing for workforce development in rural areas of Alaska.

Keyword(s): Disabilities, Health Disparities/Inequities

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I serve as the Training Director for the Alaska LEND Program and designed and delivered the workshop addressed in the abstract.
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.