External Partnerships: Employers and Public Health Working Together Toward Improving Worksite and Community Health
Welcome to External Partnerships. This course, led by a team of expert instructors, was first introduced at The Institute 2011, a nationwide conference for state-level public health professionals held in Atlanta, Georgia. The in-person course has been adapted into easy-to-navigate, online modules with video, handouts, and links to other resources. The course can be viewed in its entirety or one module at a time at your convenience. It will take around three hours to review the entire course including supplemental readings. You may take the course by yourself or gather with colleagues to view the modules together. We hope you enjoy this dynamic experience!
External Partnerships is led by:
- Pamela Allweiss, MD, MPH (CDC, Division of Diabetes Translation)
- Teresa Lovely, MS, CHES (Kentucky Department for Public Health)
- Sara Poage, MBA (National Business Coalition on Health, and formerly the Mid-America Coalition on Health Care)
- Marti Macchi, MEd, MPH (National Association of Chronic Disease Directors)
This course will explore the value exchange between non-traditional partners and state Diabetes Prevention and Control Programs (DPCPs). While the course uses diabetes-specific examples, the content is applicable to all state-level public health professionals. Using the business community as a prime example of non-traditional partnerships, participants will learn how to communicate with employers and understand each other’s language, explore how to use non-traditional external partners as effective policy change agents, as well as gain knowledge of comprehensive worksite wellness initiatives.
At the end of the course, participants will be able to:
- Describe the value in creating public-private partnerships through a macro-marketing model.
- Describe the opportunities, value and role of State Public Health Departments in worksite health promotion.
- Describe comprehensive models and approaches to worksite health promotion.
- Describe the role of non-traditional external partnerships in application of evidence-based policies, practices and programs.
- Describe worksite health promotion tools and resources.
Begin the Course
This article provides an overview of public private partnerships and a foundational understanding to build upon during the course.
- Public Health’s Inconvenient Truth: The Need to Create Partnerships with the Business Sector by Elizabeth Majestic, MS, MPH
This Guide provides examples from Kansas City employers of applying policies and engaging in evidence based practices related to healthy eating.
After reading the above, identify two communities/regions in your state where you would consider engaging the business community in public health efforts.
- For each community: Is there a health coalition? Is there a Chamber of Commerce? If not, what business “touch point” could you use to get in front of groups of employers?
- For each community: Name at least 3 employers that are headquartered in that community or are large enough to influence community partners.
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