STATES USE DHPE PROGRAMS TO ACCOMPLISH PUBLIC HEALTH GOALS
Thursday, August 22, 2013
At the 2013 DHPE Member Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota, three state voting members shared how they use DHPE programs to accomplish their public health goals. The panel session took place on August 15.
Don Bishop from Minnesota credited DHPE fellow Genelle Lamont for organizing a health literacy conference and a host of other successes. Minnesota used data from the Community Market Analyses project (a DHPE health equity program) to identify areas of increased risk and low health literacy in Minnesota.
Turning to Mississippi, Victor Sutton described the impact of Shaping Policy for HealthTM Community Market Analyses data, DHPE interns from minority-serving institutions, and a year-long DHPE fellow. The fellow, DrPH candidate Spencer Willis, helped diabetes staff develop a policy protocol for diabetes self-management education in public health clinics; led development of a health literacy initiative, developed a healthy catering policy for the department of health, and worked on community needs assessments as part of Mississippi's preparation for public health accreditation.
Danielle Kenneweg from Washington State experienced a workforce reduction several years ago. As a result, many long-time workers in Washington suddenly needed to do new activities in population-wide approaches. She set up Shaping Policy for HealthTM trainings for public health workers throughout the state. A total of 371 individuals in 13 trainings report collectively improved ability to address policy, systems, and environmental changes to improve public health.
Ms. Kenneweg also reported on the effect of DHPE's School Employee Wellness program. The Everett School District received an SEW award for 2011-2012. An employee survey showed improved health outcomes of the school employee wellness program.