Alderete Falgout Trifecta Presentation V2 by F4shxIT


									  Collaborating to Increase Public
  Health Awareness in the Brazos
  Valley through Enhancement of
Academic and Practice Partnerships

             Sharon Alderete, BA
             Sherry Falgout, MPH
                    Overall Goals

To enhance academic and practice partner
collaborations, to bring academic public health
expertise and resources to practice settings, and
bring practice experience and issues to the academic
and classroom setting.

The goal was to develop or enhance local public health
understanding and capacity in rural areas by identifying
and recognizing existing local public health services and
providing a vehicle for entities engaged in those
services to come together to share and plan.

Enhancing Support for Local Public Health
Infrastructure in Brazos County Through the Us
 of Citizen Public Health Awareness Education
             Topics Addressed

Public Health Practice & Academics – Provide
opportunities for faculty, staff and students to
bridge public health academic and practice
perspectives and assist in the creation of virtual
public health systems.
            Topics Addressed

Community Awareness – Increase visibility of
local health departments and public awareness
of the public health services they offer,
emphasizing the importance of public health in
each citizen’s everyday lives.
                  Key Partners
                   Brazos County

• Practice Partners – Ken Bost, Executive Director,
  Brazos County Health Department; Kate Jackson,
  MPH; Sara Mendez

• Academic Partners – Barbara Quiram, PhD; James
  Burdine, DrPH; Sharon Alderete; Sherry Falgout MPH

• The Brazos County Health Department (BCHD) is
  regularly included as a local partner in SRPH

• SRPH also provides support to BCHD in the local
  emergency preparedness plans and response

The Brazos County Working Group met several times
over the project year. The working group collaboratively
identified, planned, and implemented two specific
M-RAHD activities to conduct in Brazos County.

The Working Group met identified the target audience,
outlined the objectives, updated the timeline and
continued discussing potential public health activities.
• The group discussed having a one-day training
  activity for the public health and healthcare
  community of the Brazos Valley and offering
  Continuing Education credits to participants.

• Other activities suggested included a Public Health
  101 training and activities for public health
  awareness in the general population.
• The Working Group agreed on a one-day training for
  nurses in Brazos County and the surrounding region
  on environmental health, infection prevention and
  mental health with a focus on children with
  Continuing Nursing Education units offered to nurse

• The group decided the second activity would target
  the general citizen population.
Through the partnerships developed as part of the
project, the BCHD Epidemiologist/Assistant Public
Health Preparedness Coordinator, joined the SRPH-
based USA Center for Rural Public Health Preparedness
as a facilitator for a Pandemic Influenza table top
exercise that was for ten rural north Texas counties.

Further collaboration between public health Practice
and Academic partners led to discussions and
planning for future educational endeavors including an
ethics training entitled, “Ethical Considerations for a
Public Health Emergency,” that was delivered in Spring
2008 in the Brazos County.

On August 2, 2007 a one-day Regional Nurses Training
took place in Brazos County on Environmental Health
and Children, Mental Health and Children Update and
Current Trends in Infection Prevention and Children. A
Pandemic Influenza Toolkit was provided on CD-ROM.
Continuing Nursing Education units were provided at
no charge.
The activity was marketed to DSHS Region 7, including
all M-RAHD Project Sites; school nurses, health care
organizations, and public health partners within Health
Services Region 7; and to nursing faculty and students
at Blinn College and Texas A&M University. The training
was delivered in partnership with the Texas Public
Health Training Center and the USA Center for Rural
Public Health Preparedness at SRPH.
For the second community awareness activity, the
group agreed to distribute hand sanitizer at the Bryan
versus College Station High School football game
known as the “Cross-Town Showdown,” at Texas A&M
University Kyle Field to promote the importance of
infection prevention at the beginning of flu season as
well as the Brazos County Health Department.

The working group met and discussed event logistics
and the development of card attachments to
include contact information for SRPH and BCHD and a
public health message on infection prevention.

The working group received approval for the “Cross-
Town Showdown” from Bryan and College Station High
Schools and Texas A&M University. 2,000 small bottles
of hand sanitizer and cards with “Tips for Staying
Healthy during Flu Season” were ordered.

The working group agreed to have SRPH and BCHD
representation at the event and began to recruit SRPH
graduate students to volunteer for the distribution. An
announcement was developed to promote this activity
during the game.

The Hand Sanitizer Distribution activity was
implemented on October 19, 2007, at Texas A&M
University Kyle Field as a community awareness event
to promote the importance of infection prevention at
the beginning of flu season as well as Brazos County
Health Department.

SRPH project team staff, BCHD staff, and SRPH student
volunteers distributed bottles of hand sanitizer with an
attached public health message to the first 2,000
community members exiting Kyle Field.
The primary resources utilized throughout the
M-RAHD Project were the people resources to:

  1) enhance academic and practice partner
  2) bring academic public health expertise and
  resources to practice settings, and
  3) bring practice experience and issues to the
  academic and classroom setting.
      What factors contributed to

Academic and Practice partner relationships that
existed prior to the commencement of the M-RAHD
Project provided a strong foundation for the Project
efforts. The focus during the Project year was placed on
strengthening current relationships with local and
regional leadership and making progress on Project
      What factors contributed to

The Practice Partners’ support and desire to serve on
the working groups and to partner to enhance public
health practice and infrastructure in the rural counties
fostered this collaborative project. The SRPH is located
within Brazos County. This close proximity maximized
participation with the Brazos County Practice Partner
             Project Limitations

Although the contract for the M-RAHD Project began
October 1, 2006, funding for the Project was not
received until mid-January 2007. It is difficult to spend
time on “non-compulsory” activities outside of day-to-
day operations, particularly for public health system
workers in rural communities, where these resources
are lacking.
      Benefits to Project Partners

• The benefits to SRPH included the opportunity for
  faculty, staff and graduate students to participate in
  the practice of public health within their own
  community and Health Services Region

• Enhance the bridge between academic and
  practice partners; examine regional public health
      Benefits to Project Partners

• Participate in the development process of a
  multi-county public health system and a virtual
  public health system.

• It also identified numerous public health practice
  projects and student placements.
      Benefits to Project Partners

• The benefit of this strategy to the Brazos County
  Health Department was access to a wide range of
  resources available within the Texas A&M University
  Brazos County-based components.

• The M-RAHD project has enabled Partners to
  build new and strengthen existing relationships.
      Benefits to Project Partners

• Existing federally-funded Centers, such as the Texas
  Public Health Training Center and USA Center for
  Rural Public Preparedness, can more appropriately
  tailor training and other activities for this rural target
  audience and better prepare and educate the
  existing rural public health workforce.
      Benefits to Project Partners

• The Working Group meetings with the M-RAHD
  Project Partner Sites has brought community
  stakeholders together to meet face-to-face to
  discuss community public health issues, to
  identify local and regional resources and gaps in
  the public health system and to collectively
  begin to address these issues.
      Benefits to Project Partners

• These forums significantly strengthened the existing
  public health networks and expanded connectivity,
  an initial step in creating sustainable community
  collaboration efforts to locally manage public health
  issues as they arise.
                    Next Steps
SRPH will continue to meet and work with M-RAHD
Project Practice Partners; leverage existing relationships
and local resources and assets to discuss provisions for
training, support and other emerging needs; and bridge
public health academic and practice perspectives.
SRPH will continue to look for opportunities to foster
and enhance the academic and partner collaborations.

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