April is Minority Health Month! NACDD is committed to advancing health by raising awareness about the health disparities that affect racial and ethnic minorities living in priority populations. Not only is health equity a strategic priority for the Association, but also, the NACDD Board President initiated a challenge for the Association, to meaningfully and comprehensively address health equity in every area of practice. NACDD staff, consultants, and members were challenged to take an introspective look at the blind spots they possess and understand how those blind spots may alter the way they engage in their work by creating unintended barriers to achieving health equity.
This webinar will feature Dr. Rachel Godsil of the Perception Institute and Professor of Law at Seton Hall University, who has worked with various audiences to identify and address implicit bias, racial anxiety and stereotype threat. Also known as implicit social cognition, implicit bias refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner. These biases, which encompass both favorable and unfavorable assessments, are activated.
TITLE: Finding That Magic Elixir: How to make your public health efforts more evidence-based
DESCRIPTION: The aim of evidence-based decision-making in public health involves the integration of science-based interventions with community preferences to improve population health. Front line public health professionals need evidence-based information to make decisions on how best to improve public health performance and health in communities. Past studies have shown that by adopting certain administrative practices, health departments can improve their performance. Join us for an in-depth overview with Dr. Ross Brownson of administrative evidence-based practices (A-EBP) that can provide practical solutions based on the best available scientific evidence. Opportunities to apply A-EBP will be discussed and state experiences will be featured.
Ross C. Brownson, PhD, is the Bernard Becker Professor of Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis (Brown School and School of Medicine). He is involved in numerous community-level studies designed to understand and reduce modifiable risk factors such as physical inactivity, obesity, and tobacco use. In particular, he is interested in the impacts of environmental and policy interventions on health behaviors and he conducts research on dissemination of evidence-based interventions (particularly in policy settings and health departments). Dr. Brownson is the author of seven books and over 400 peer-reviewed articles. He is the recipient of the Award for Excellence in Prevention Research and Research Translation in Chronic Disease (2000, from CDC), the Abraham Lilienfeld Award for outstanding contributions in teaching and mentoring (2003, from APHA), and the Charles C. Shepard Science Award (2009, from CDC). Dr. Brownson has served APHA as a member of the Epidemiology Section Council and on the Joint Policy Committee. Prior to joining academia, he was a division director with the Missouri Department of Health. Dr. Brownson is a long time member and Past-President of NACDD. Dr. Brownson is a also Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology (ACE), served on the ACE Board of Directors from 2008 to 2011, and was President in 2013-2014.
Dr. Brian Smedley of the Health Policy Institute at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies will provide a general orientation to demonstrate how social and economic factors affect health outcomes using initiatives like PLACE MATTERS. He will also describe selected case studies of situations where social and economic factors were applied to measure progress using examples like Moving to Opportunity, and recommend opportunities for NACDD members to partner with organizations like the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. As a result of the Webinar, participants will recognize the impact of an intervention that addresses a social or economic factor resulting in a positive health outcome.