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Webinar: Application of The Community Guide by Two Health Systems to Improve the Health of a Community

Category: Focus Area

Related Categories: Workforce Development

Location: Webinar

Start Date: 11/14/2013

End Date: 11/14/2013

​One of the Public Health Foundation’s (PHF) strategic goals is to create opportunities to achieve public health and healthcare system collaboration to improve community health. This 60 minute webinar held on November 14 at 2 PM EST, entitled “Application of The Community Guide by Two Health Systems to Improve the Health of a Community” will introduce participants to The Guide to Community Preventive Services, also known as The Community Guide, and how two health systems in Akron, Ohio used it as a resource of best practices for a diabetes prevention program.

Other PHF activities helping to create opportunities for public health and healthcare collaboration include:

During the upcoming webinar, presenters from Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron, Akron General Health System, and Summa Health System will discuss the partnership between care providers on a diabetes prevention program. The modified program incorporated educational and experiential modules and influenced behavior changes that led to increased self-management skills and improved communication with care providers.
Learning objectives:
  • Understand how The Community Guide can inform program decisions;
  • Describe a framework for involving multidisciplinary team members in a multi-site project; and
  • Identify how community partners can implement evidence-based community health interventions
  • Stephen Martin, Jr., Executive Director, Association for Community Health Improvement
  • Ron Bialek, President, Public Health Foundation
  • Shawna L. Mercer, Director of The Guide to Community Preventive Services and Chief of The Community Guide Branch, Center for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Jennifer L.S. Teller, Head, Chronic Disease Initiatives, Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron
  • Deborah S. Plate, Clinical Associate Director and Family Medicine Clerkship Site Director, Center for Family Medicine, Akron General Health System
  • E. Demond Scott, Executive Director for Health Equity, Center for Health Equity, Summa Health System
This webinar is co-sponsored by PHF and the Association for Community Health Improvement (ACHI). Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions during the webinar. Funding for this webinar is being provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under Cooperative Agreement Number 5U38HM000518-03.
Registration is closed. Click here to view the presentation slides or watch the recorded webinar in TRAIN (course ID: 1047702), the nation’s premier learning management system for professionals who protect the public’s health. To learn more, visit the webinar recap news page or contact Cheryl DeAguiar at
About PHF
PHF is a national non-profit organization dedicated to achieving healthy communities through research, training, and technical assistance. For over 40 years, PHF has helped health agencies and other community health organizations effectively use information to manage and improve performance, understand and use data, and strengthen their workforce. PHF is working to promote awareness and use of The Community Guide through multi-media channels and encourage public health and healthcare professionals to implement evidence-based strategies to improve health outcomes. Click below to learn more about PHF’s resources in Performance Management, Quality Improvement and Workforce Development.
About ACHI
ACHI is a national association for community health, community benefit, and healthy communities’ professionals. ACHI provides education, professional development and peer networking to help community health professionals expand their knowledge and enhance their performance in achieving community health goals. Visit the ACHI website to learn more about their services.

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Webinar: Application of The Community Guide by Two Health Systems to Improve the Health of a Community