Novel Strategies for Reducing Health Disparities: Community Health Advocates & Academic/Faith-based Partnerships

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/308266
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Novel Strategies for Reducing Health Disparities: Community Health Advocates & Academic/Faith-based Partnerships
Author(s):
Jones, Michael L
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Theta Beta
Author Details:
Michael L Jones, RN, MSN, MBA, mljones2@umc.edu
Abstract:

Poster presented on: Monday, November 18, 2013, Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The purpose of this project is to reduce health disparities in the state of Mississippi through community empowerment and partnerships between academic medical centers and the faith-based community. PROJECT DESCRIPTION – The state of Mississippi leads the nation in many chronic diseases such as Obesity, Diabetes, and Hypertension. This is further exacerbated by the limited number of primary care providers, especially in rural areas, and low health literacy in many areas of the state. As the only academic medical center in the state of Mississippi, the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) has taken a major interest in partnering with various faith and community-based organizations who share the medical center’s concern about improving Mississippi’s poor health rankings. Two programs have been developed to address this issue, the Community Health Advocate (CHA) Program and the Healthy Living Program (HLP). The CHA program is designed to empower lay persons in communities to adopt healthy lifestyles and also assist others in his or her community in doing the same. This program includes several models which address the major chronic diseases of the state. These models provide basic information about the disease as well as basic skills assessments. In addition to faith and community-based organizations, the CHA program has also been adopted by the UMMC’s School of Medicine. In this instance, first year medical students are trained as community health advocates and are required to conduct health screenings/education in communities.  The HLP, a companion to the CHA program, provides basic practical healthy eating and weight management information for lay persons. UMMC has partnered with several faith-based and educational facilities to train a host of Community Health Advocates to work in communities throughout the state. This presentation will discuss, in detail, how Mississippi’s sole academic medical center is partnering with communities to address health disparities.
Keywords:
advocates; community; faith-based
Repository Posting Date:
19-Dec-2013
Date of Publication:
19-Dec-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
42nd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Description:
42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriott
Note:
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dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleNovel Strategies for Reducing Health Disparities: Community Health Advocates & Academic/Faith-based Partnershipsen_GB
dc.contributor.authorJones, Michael Len_GB
dc.contributor.departmentTheta Betaen_GB
dc.author.detailsMichael L Jones, RN, MSN, MBA, mljones2@umc.eduen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/308266-
dc.description.abstract<p>Poster presented on: Monday, November 18, 2013, Tuesday, November 19, 2013</p>The purpose of this project is to reduce health disparities in the state of Mississippi through community empowerment and partnerships between academic medical centers and the faith-based community. <b>PROJECT DESCRIPTION – </b>The state of Mississippi leads the nation in many chronic diseases such as Obesity, Diabetes, and Hypertension. This is further exacerbated by the limited number of primary care providers, especially in rural areas, and low health literacy in many areas of the state. As the only academic medical center in the state of Mississippi, the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) has taken a major interest in partnering with various faith and community-based organizations who share the medical center’s concern about improving Mississippi’s poor health rankings. Two programs have been developed to address this issue, the Community Health Advocate (CHA) Program and the Healthy Living Program (HLP). The CHA program is designed to empower lay persons in communities to adopt healthy lifestyles and also assist others in his or her community in doing the same. This program includes several models which address the major chronic diseases of the state. These models provide basic information about the disease as well as basic skills assessments. In addition to faith and community-based organizations, the CHA program has also been adopted by the UMMC’s School of Medicine. In this instance, first year medical students are trained as community health advocates and are required to conduct health screenings/education in communities.  The HLP, a companion to the CHA program, provides basic practical healthy eating and weight management information for lay persons. UMMC has partnered with several faith-based and educational facilities to train a host of Community Health Advocates to work in communities throughout the state. This presentation will discuss, in detail, how Mississippi’s sole academic medical center is partnering with communities to address health disparities.en_GB
dc.subjectadvocatesen_GB
dc.subjectcommunityen_GB
dc.subjectfaith-baseden_GB
dc.date.available2013-12-19T17:29:03Z-
dc.date.issued2013-12-19-
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-19T17:29:03Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.name42nd Biennial Conventionen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationIndianapolis, Indiana, USAen_GB
dc.description42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriotten_GB
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.en_GB
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