Category: Resource Management

Strategic Skill Area

Achieving Health Equity through Community Control of Budgets
Ten Dollar Bill and Coins

Course Objective

  • Name the characteristics of public engagement practices that offer community control to historically underrepresented and under-resourced communities
  • Describe how participatory budgeting has impacted health outcomes and social determinants of health in the US and internationally
  • Describe opportunities to integrate data-informed community engagement practices into the allocation of health-focused funds and/or budgets that influence the social determinants of health

Date: October 3, 2017

Jennifer Godzeno, MSUP, MPH, AICP
Deputy Director
Participatory Budgeting Project

Participatory budgeting involves community members in deciding what to do with a given budget. It is a powerful tool used globally to increase community engagement and shift from “indirect” to “direct” democracy. Its impacts include encouraging a more responsive government, giving voices to community members who otherwise may be ineligible to vote in standard elections, and has even been linked to a 30% reduction in under-5 mortality in communities in Brazil that adopted the practice. Jennifer Godenzo discusses how it applies to the “ladder of participation” by giving citizens control and is thus equitable, empowering, and focuses on the social determinants of health. She explains the five steps of participatory budgeting: design a process with the community, brainstorm ideas, develop proposals, cast a vote, and fund winning projects. She also gives examples of where participatory budgeting has been used, from high schools in Phoenix, AZ to citywide community garden projects in Vallejo, CA to within organizations, such as hospitals and foundations.

From Theory to Practice: School Health Programming as a Public Health Framework for Vulnerable Urban Communities
Young Girl Smiling at School

Course Objective

  • Describe how local governments can leverage the health and education sectors to address the unmet health care needs of vulnerable populations within schools and their surrounding communities
  • Describe strategies that have been implemented to address health disparities, health inequities, and the social determinants of health
  • Describe the types of skills and training needed to ensure a competent public health workforce within urban schools and communities

Date: May 3, 2017

Dr. Caroline Volel, MD, MPH
Field Physician, City Medical Specialist 1, Assistant Professor
Office of School Health, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

In this webinar, Dr. Volel describes the historical and political context of school health practices and discusses the interrelated nature of education, other social determinants, and health. Coordinated approaches to school health, or programs that view education and social services as a comprehensive package, are more likely to produce successful students. The NYC Community Schools Initiative is a mayoral priority that aims to build 100+ community schools over the next several years. Community schools are institutions that provide academic instruction, social services, and a space for communities to assemble and address their needs and challenges. Dr. Volel describes the rollout of this initiative in the largest school district in the country, lessons-learned, and what must be achieved in order to create a successful community school

National Accreditation and New York State Departments of Health
Certificate Edge

Course Objective

  • Define public health accreditation
  • Describe why local health departments should seek accreditation
  • Describe how a health department can measure their readiness for starting the public health accreditation process
  • Describe the steps to become an accredited health department, including documentation requirements
  • Describe tools that health departments can use to achieve accreditation

Date:August 19, 2014

Joan Ellison, RN, MPH
Former Public Health Director
Livingston County Department of Health

This presentation discusses Livingston County’s experience becoming the first accredited Health Department New York State, and highlights the process, steps, strategies and tools used for determining agency readiness, preparation and submission of the application through hosting the Accreditation Team Site Visit, through the site visit report and PHAB Accreditation Committee decision.

Region 2 Public Health Training Center