DHPE Internship and Fellowship Update
Friday, October 24, 2014
DHPE Fellows Jamal Bankhead and Ayesha Smith, along with
Internship & Fellowship Manager Thometta Cozart, attended the 12th Annual
Meeting of the National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention on
October 22, 2014. The Forum, which includes more than 75 partnering
organizations, held its meeting at the Barbara Jordan Conference Center of
the Kaiser Family Foundation.
The event highlighted the latest occurrences regarding
cardiovascular disease, such as the use of big data and information technology
and updates from the Million Hearts campaign. The Forum's Health Equity
committee, chaired by Dr. Paul Underwood of Boston Scientific, hosted a panel
onthe largest and longest study focused on a diverse populations of Hispanics
entitled Hispanic Community Health Study - Study of Latinos, as well as the
importance of including digital communications as a part of health campaigns
targeting minorities. Dr. Larissa Aviles-Santa of the National Heart Lung and
Blood Institute and Dr. Norma Goodwin of Health Power for Minorities were the
two panelists for this session.
Another session update on best practices in Blood Pressure
Control was of great interest of DHPE Fellow Smith, who is working on an
algorithm for New Jersey Department of Health to reduce strokes and
control blood pressure. During this session, Dr. Eduardo Sanchez, American
Heart Association's Deputy Chief Medical Officer, recommended five steps for
systems change in clinical settings to control blood pressure. He would like to
see clinics not only embrace this model but also pair it with a community
intervention to truly impact blood pressure control, especially in underserved
and minority communities.
This year's meeting was the last for Forum Chair Dr. Keith Ferdinand.
He passed the duties to the current Chair Sharon Moffat, RN, MSN, of the
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials during the meeting's
DHPE Internship and Fellowship Manager Thometta Cozart
conducted the site visit of Intern Shalon Jones at Harris County Public Health
and Environmental Services in Houston Texas this week. Harris County uniquely
has a veterinary medicine division and serves the unincorporated areas of
Harris County outside of theCity of Houston, nearly 2 million
residents. Shalon is assisting the Department with its accreditation
process by establishing a plan for the health equity and cultural competency
training needs of the Department staff.
Today, Thometta will be speaking to students, faculty and
health partners at the University of Texas, School of Public Health at its San
Antonio Regional Campus, to promote the DHPE Internship Program.