Category: Community Dimensions of Practice

Primary Competency Area

Engaging Communities in the Research Process to Enhance Outcomes and Sustainability: Practical Strategies for Researchers and Public Health Practitioners
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Course Objective

  • Name the different levels of community engagement that researchers can participate in.
  • Describe the importance of understanding and involving the communities you are researching.
  • Define cultural humility.

Date: November 7, 2017

Carly Hutchinson, PhD, MA
Researcher and Lecturer, Sociomedical Sciences
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Community-based participatory research (CBPR) is a research method that equitably involves all community and academic partners in every step of designing and conducting research. CBPR allows community members to research a topic that is important to them and improves their health. This course provides practical strategies to help people engage in a more successful way with communities using CBPR. CBPR is successful because of the relevancy of a co-developed research project and greater community buy-in, both of which lead to better outcomes and sustainability.

Dr. Hutchinson describes the Community Engagement Continuum for the various ways in which researchers can involve communities in their research, and provides two case studies for how this has been done. She gives further tips on how to get started trying CBPR and makes a strong case for its value.

Social Movements in Public Health
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Course Objective

  • Describe the interrelationship between social movements and public health.
  • Compare past and present social movements that have/ have had public health implications.
  • Identify how public health practice can partner with social movement actors to promote health.

Date: August 25, 2016

James Colgrove PhD, MPH
Professor of Sociomedical Sciences
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Merlin Chowkwunyun PhD
Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Peggy Shepard
Executive Director
WE ACT For Environmental Justice

Social movements throughout US history have brought about positive changes in economic conditions, environmental protections, and human rights that have directly or indirectly affected population health. It is important for public health professionals to understand the relationship between social movements and public health and how that relationship can be harnessed to improve health outcomes. This training provides examples of the wide range of social movement strategies and approaches that have been used in US history and discuss the challenges that these movements have faced. Last, this training details how WE ACT For Environmental Justice of West Harlem has successfully approached deteriorating environmental conditions and health inequalities.

The Physical and Mental Health Problems of the Prison Population
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Course Objective

  • Identify national data on the incidence and prevalence of chronic disease among the incarcerated population
  • Recognize the limited resources available to support inmate reentry into the community

Date: April 7, 2016

Arthur M. Brewer, MD, CCHP
Statewide Medical Director
Rutgers University – University Correctional Health Care

This seminar reviews the health status of the incarcerated persons, including local jails and prison inmates. Dr. Brewer will discuss mortality rates, chronic disease prevalence, mental health prevalence and substance abuse/dependency data from a national perspective. He will discuss some challenging issues around substance abuse treatment and perceptions about mental health within prisons and local jails. Dr. Brewer will also discuss limited resources particularly as it relates to treatment of hepatitis C virus infection. It concludes with a review of challenges and efforts with inmate reentry into the community.

Energy Insecurity: Understanding Its Dimensions and Implications for Public Health
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Course Objective

  • Explain the primary dimensions of energy insecurity
  • Describe how energy insecurity is related to other forms of insecurity (i.e. food and housing)
  • Discuss the public health implications of energy insecurity

Date: June 2, 2015

Diana Hernandez, PhD
Assistant Professor, Sociomedical Sciences
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
JPB Environmental Health Fellow, Harvard School of Public Health

In this webinar, Dr. Hernandez provides an overview of energy insecurity, its relationship with health outcomes, and solutions to prevent and treat energy insecurity.

Syndemics and HIV among Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM) in the U.S.: Understanding Risk in Context
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Course Objective

  • Define a syndemic
  • List key components of the syndemic affecting Black and Latino MSM in the US
  • Describe how the concept of syndemics increase our ability to intervene upon the disparities in HIV/AIDS affecting MSM of color in the US

Date: May 5, 2015

Patrick Wilson, PhD, MA
Associate Professor, Sociomedical Sciences
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Syndemics offer a useful framework through which we can potentially explain enhanced HIV risk among MSM in that it describe “clustering” of different physiological and sociological epidemics by person, place, or time. Dr. Patrick Wilson discusses the problem of HIV in our own country – where the prevalence of HIV in black and Latino communities is high and where the HIV epidemic tends to be increasing in MSM in the US. This webinar takes a look at how looking at, and targeting the behavioral, social, and structural factors that influence disparities in HIV epidemic in black and white MSM may help to address said disparities in comprehensive, “de-silo’ed” ways.

Sustaining Grassroots Coalitions: Examples from the Field
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Course Objective

  • Learn how to develop a solid infrastructure without external funding
  • Understand the principles of collaboration and volunteerism in influencing and maintaining coalition partners

Date: April, 16, 2014

Pamela Valera, PhD, MSW
Faculty Member
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Effective coalition building is an increasingly important activity in the field of public health, where working with community partners is critical to achieving improved health outcomes. Drawing on her extensive experiences with building community coalitions, Pamela Valera, PhD, MSW, a faculty member at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, discussed basic information and best practices on beginning, building, and maintaining a coalition and described in-depth a case example of her work with the Bronx Reentry Working Group.

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