Community Health Leadership Program

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Developing Health Leaders to Champion Health Equity

The SHLI CHLP is designed to close the gap between academic medicine or academic health centers and the communities of greatest need by connecting to people who are most affected by disparities. The goal is to develop/enhance community health leaders who are educated, motivated, and mobilized to lead community groups in changing health behavior, improving environmental health, and influencing policies to support community health. A key component of CHLP is to bring together people from diverse backgrounds and communities to work together to reduce and ultimately eliminate disparities in health among different racial, ethnic, generational, and social economic groups. Over the past four years, we have successfully trained about 130 community leaders from 25 states around the nation.

The Community Health Leadership Program Curriculum
CHLP consists of a series of workshop/seminars. These workshop/seminars are provided in a structured setting and are designed to build or enhance participant knowledge, skills, and leadership in mobilizing community groups toward changing health behaviors, improving environmental health, and influencing policies to support the establishment of healthier communities. The courses are presented in flexible, learner-centered format via classroom, Internet, audio conferencing, field-based practice, and modular social media design such as Facebook or twitter to support learning and social organization.

Program Types

Community Health Leadership Program
Non-Intensive, 12 week training program

Community Health Leadership Program
Intensive, three day (2 visits) training program

Community Health Leadership Program
Executive, 1 week training program

Fellowship Information

Divisional Impact Statements 2017

EDUCATING LEADERS: COMMUNITY HEALTH LEADERSHIP AND THE SOCIAL DETERMIANTS OF HEALTH

Issue:
The Community Health Leadership Program is designed to close the gap between academic medicine or academic health centers and the communities of greatest need by connecting to people who are most affected by disparities. The goal is to develop/enhance community health leaders who are educated, motivated, and mobilized to lead community groups in changing health behavior, improving environmental health, and influencing policies to support community health. The aim is to foster equitable partnership with the community to  identify health disparities and develop culturally appropriate approaches to improve health equity within the affected communities…

What Has Been Done:
The Community Health Leadership Program utilizes a Community Based Participatory Approach (CBPA) to identify and develop/enhance community health leaders who are educated, motivated, and mobilized to lead community groups in changing health behavior, improving environmental health, and influencing policies to support community health. A key component of CHLP is to bring together people from diverse backgrounds and communities to work together to reduce and ultimately eliminate disparities in health among different racial, ethnic, generational, and social economic groups. CHLP consists of a series of workshop/seminars. These workshop/seminars are provided in a structured setting and are designed to build or enhance participant knowledge, skills, and leadership in mobilizing community groups toward changing health behaviors, improving environmental health, and influencing policies to support the establishment of healthier communities. The courses are presented in flexible, learner-centered format via classroom, Internet, audio conferencing, field-based practice, and modular social media design such as Facebook or twitter to support learning and social organization. Additionally, an intervention for mayors was developed entitled the Mayors for Healthy Communities. The Mayors for Healthy Communities Program (MHCP) is a yearlong program that begins with a weeklong (48 hours) in-person intensive training where participants’ health leadership knowledge and skills are enhanced. The intensive training consists of a series of workshops featuring an active learning approach where participants apply principles of leadership; integrate the impact of the social determinants of health, and work to develop competencies that result in community mobilization for health.

Impact:

  • Over the past four years, CHLP have successfully trained about 130 community leaders from 25 states around the nation.
  • Based on the outcomes of the Community Health Leadership Program an intervention was developed specifically for mayors and elected officials entitled the “Mayors for a Healthy Communities Program”.
  • CHLP participants are able to:
    • Discuss the roles and responsibilities of leadership in promoting community health
    • Discuss the responsibilities of the leader in team development and management for enhancing community health
    • Prioritize health issues in their communities, and develop a plan to identify, analyze, adapt, and implement the most appropriate evidence-based practices to address these health issues
    • Develop partnerships, and identify potential funding opportunities to sustain health interventions
  • Elected officials are able to develop a community health policy action plan that addresses prioritized health issues in communities
  • Outcomes from the intervention include increase team development and partnership development.
  • Implementation of community based interventions utilizing the skills and resources provided.

For More Information Contact:
Toyosi Adekeye DrPH, MPH, CPH.
Address: 720 Westview Dr. SW NCPC Suite 216
Atlanta, GA 30310
Phone:  404-756-1278
Email: oadekeye@msm.edu

Contact Us

Division of Community Voices
Email: oadekeye@msm.edu
Phone: (404) 756-1278