One of the Public Health Foundation's (PHF) strategic goals is to create opportunities to achieve public health and healthcare system alignment to improve community health. Community health centers serve patients and populations that face numerous health challenges. Solutions to these challenges require interventions at both the clinical and population level. Community health centers must engage strategies that come from public health and collaborate with its public health partners to affect change. PHF is partnering with the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to co-sponsor a webinar entitled "The Community Guide for Community Health Centers." The 60-minute webinar will be held on Monday, May 12, 2014, from 1-2pm EDT.
Partnerships between primary care and public health depend upon shared goals, evidence-based interventions, and effective communication. The Guide to Community Preventive Services, or “The Community Guide,” is a web-based resource that includes recommendations on evidence-based interventions to improve community health. The Community Guide website provides a series of success stories that describe practical use of the tool to combat the health problems of patient populations, as well as resources to help use The Community Guide to plan programs and affect policy change.
Other PHF activities helping to create opportunities for public health and healthcare collaboration include:
- Using quality improvement to help foster public health and healthcare collaboration
- TRAIN, the nation’s premier learning management network, serving over 800,000 public health and healthcare professionals, with over 100 courses addressing community health
This webinar will walk participants through The Community Guidewith particular attention to the tools that are most applicable to the primary care setting. Participants will also hear from the St. James-Santee Family Health Center, which has used The Community Guideto conduct a successful campaign for improved breast and cervical cancer screening rates.
- See a video featuring the St. James-Santee Family Health Center and its use of The Community Guide to develop a cancer screening program targeting African American women.
During the webinar, participants will learn the following:
- The Community Guide can be useful for:
- Adopting evidence-based strategies to improve the health of individuals and populations
- Promoting partnerships between practitioners and government, community, business, and voluntary organizations to plan and implement effective strategies in multiple health topics
- Combining information on what has worked with knowledge of a local community and healthcare system to design interventions that are tailored to local needs and realities
- The Community Guide complements the US Preventive Services Task Force recommendations
- The Community Guide has been used by one health center to improve breast and cervical screening rates
- The Community Guide is useful as a shared evidence-base and shared toolkit for health centers working in partnership with local or state health departments and other public health initiatives
- Community health centers can contribute to the evidence-base included in The Community Guide
Who Should Attend?
Community health center staff including program managers; primary care associations; primary care practices; health departments; community organizations; and policy makers
- Ron Bialek, President, Public Health Foundation
- Ashley Barrington, Consultant, National Association of Community Health Centers
- Shawna L. Mercer, Director of The Guide to Community Preventive Services and Chief of The Community Guide Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Myra Pinckney, Case Manager and Outreach Coordinator, St. James-Santee Family Health Center, Inc.
To register, please visit the webinar registration page. Do not delay, as space is limited.
About the Public Health Foundation (PHF)
The Public Health Foundation (PHF) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to achieving healthy communities through research, training, and technical assistance. For over 40 years, PHF has helped health agencies and other community health organizations effectively use information to manage and improve performance, understand and use data, and strengthen their workforce. PHF is working to promote awareness and use of The Community Guide through multi-media channels and encourage public health and healthcare professionals to implement evidence-based strategies to improve health outcomes. Learn more about PHF’s resources in Performance Management, Quality Improvement and Workforce Development.
About the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC)
The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) represents Community, Migrant, and Homeless Health Centers, as well as Public Housing Primary Care Programs and other community-based health centers. Founded in 1971, NACHC is a nonprofit organization providing advocacy, education, training and technical assistance to health centers in support of their mission to provide quality health care to underserved populations.