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DHPE Internship and Fellowship Update

Friday, October 24, 2014   (0 Comments)
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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 award ceremony.

Other news

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.


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