IHP Webinars

2016:  Public Health Reaching out to the Faith Community: Why, How, and What Works

2015:  Pandemic Preparedness and Response: Public Health and Faith Community Partners Ensuring Reach and Support to Vulnerable, At-Risk, and Minority Populations

PURPOSE
The purpose of this learning event is to create an engaging participatory experience that builds the capacity of public health and faith-based organizations (FBOs) to work together in ensuring reach to vulnerable, at-risk, hard to reach, and minority populations during pandemic preparedness action and response. The focus of this modified table top exercise is on how outreach through networks of faith-based and community organizations can mobilize the strengths of FBOs alongside health departments to reach hard-to-reach populations with disease prevention and treatment services and overcome barriers associated with culture, poverty, mistrust (historical and legal), and geographic isolation.
SPEAKERS
  • Moderator: Mimi Kiser, DMin, MPH, RN
  • Panelists: 
    • Debra Boudreaux, Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation
    • Ifetayo Johnson, United Health Organization
    • Tom Pruski, Wesley Theological Seminary
    • Shirley Fleming, Center for Faith and Community Health Transformation
    • Paula McNabb, Fairview Health Services – MINI
    • Sonith Peou, Lowell Community Health Center
BACKGROUND AND CONTENT
For the past five years, IHP has partnered first with the HHS Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships on H1N1 and now with the CDC and ASTHO on seasonal influenza. We collaborate with 10 diverse sites around the country to mobilize trusted networks of faith-based and community organizations and demonstrate effective practices for extending the reach of public health to vulnerable, at-risk, and minority populations. For the current project year, in addition to influenza prevention outreach in the participating 10 sites, IHP and its partners are hosting this event to further disseminate lessons learned from the project and increase capacity building through a webinar available to public health, FBO programs, and community leaders.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES

After participating in the webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify commitments, practices, and capacities of public health agencies and faith and community-based organizations that are key to ensuring the well-being of vulnerable, at-risk, and hard-to-reach populations.
  2. Describe effective strategies for establishing and sustaining partnerships between public health and local trusted networks of faith-based and community partners for the purposes of planning and implementing interventions to reach priority populations.
  3. Report action steps that incorporate lessons learned into local and state planning and partnership building activities.
CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS
  • An application has been submitted to award Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to up to a total of 1.5 Category I Continuing Education Contact Hours (CECH). A maximum of 1.5 Advanced-level Continuing Education Contact Hours available.  The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. has approved SOPHE and its chapters as designated multiple event providers of CECH in health education. SOPHE is approved by the National Board of Public Health Examiners as a provider of CPH Renewal Credits.
  • An application has been submitted to award 1.5 CPH Renewal Credits.
  • Create a free SOPHE CORE account to access and manage all continuing education opportunities.
    • Continuing Education forms can be completed on SOHPE’s CORE page at:  www.sophe.org/education.cfm
    • Webinar CECH/CPH Fees:
    • $ 18.00 for National SOPHE members
    • $ 36.00 for non-members
ADDITIONAL SUPPORT
These activities have received support from the HHS Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Cooperative Agreement to Improve the Nation’s Public Health Infrastructure with State Public Health Agencies/Systems (Cooperative Agreement #U50/CC U313903-05).
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2014 Public Health and Faith  Community Partnerships:  Model Practices

PURPOSE
The purpose of this learning event was to disseminate knowledge and promote replication of model practices known to contribute to the reach of seasonal influenza prevention to vulnerable, at-risk, and minority populations. The focus was on a new toolkit and case examples that demonstrate these model practices and partnership capacity in action. This event was embedded in a live meeting being held at Emory.
SPEAKERS
  • Moderator:  Connie Jorstad, Director of Emerging Infections at ASTHO, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
  • Project Overview:  Mimi Kiser, Interfaith Health Program, Emory University
  • Discussion and Response Panel:  Model Practices “Wisdom from the Field”— Faith and Health leaders from four community-based collaboratives
    • Kirsten Peachey, Center for Faith and Community Health Transformation, Chicago, IL
    • Shirley Fleming, Center for Faith and Community Health Transformation, Chicago, IL
    • Pat Peterson, MINI – Minnesota Immunization Network Initiative, Fairview Health Services, Minnesota
    • Kay Jones, Schuylkill County VISION, Pennsylvania
    • Molyka Tieng, Lowell Community Health Center, MA
BACKGROUND AND CONTENT
Since 2009, the Interfaith Health Program (IHP) has worked with the HHS Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, the CDC, and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) to increase access to influenza prevention services. They have collaborated with ten diverse sites around the country to mobilize trusted networks of faith-based and community organizations and demonstrate effective practices for extending the reach of public health to vulnerable, at-risk, and minority populations. The content of the webinar will be from a new toolkit developed collaboratively by IHP and ASTHO based on a “Model Practices Framework.” A modified Delphi technique as well as an evaluation that examined in depth three of the ten sites to identify the capacities effective in reaching African-American communities were used to identify the distinctive elements and capacities of effective outreach with faith based organizations. The panelists will describe their work that exemplifies some of the model practices in the toolkit and respond to participant questions.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES

After participating in/viewing this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Describe the characteristics of faith-based and community organizations likely to be strong partners in reaching hard-to-reach, vulnerable, at-risk, and minority populations.
  • Describe effective strategies for establishing and/or strengthening partnerships between public health and local trusted networks of faith-based and community partners for the purposes of planning and implementing interventions to reach priority populations.
CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS

This session has been approved for 1.5 Entry and Advanced-level Category I continuing education contact hours (CECHs) for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and Master Health Education Specialists (MCHES).  SOPHE, including its chapters, is a designated multiple event provider of CECHs by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC).  This session also has been approved for 1.5 CPH Renewal Credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners. Create a free SOPHE CORE account to access and manage all continuing education opportunities by visiting:  www.sophe.org/education.cfm

ADDITIONAL CO-SPONSORS
These activities have received support from the HHS Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Cooperative Agreement to Improve the Nation’s Public Health Infrastructure with State Public Health Agencies/Systems (Cooperative Agreement #U50/CC U313903-05).
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2013 Faith-based and Public Health Partnerships:  Strengthening Community Networks

PURPOSE
IHP works with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) in an initiative to strengthen and mobilize capacity within networks of faith-based and community organizations linked with public health to extend their reach to vulnerable, at-risk, and minority populations for prevention and treatment of seasonal influenza.  This meeting, Faith-Based and Public Health Partnerships:  Strengthening Community Networks, took place April 15-16, 2013 at Emory University.
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