Track 6 - Addressing the Social Determinates of Health Through Partnerships

Sharing Session - 30 Minutes

D11 - Leveraging Access to Healthy Foods with Community Resources through a Diverse Collaboration supporting Mutually Reinforcing Approaches to Addressing Health Disparities

Wednesday, July 11
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Bonaparte

This session will discuss a collaborative community health initiative that uses local corner stores as hubs to address the prevention of diabetes. Since 2009, Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) has supported local corner stores in expanding and enhancing healthy food offerings via educational food demonstrations and in-store marketing strategies of promotion, placement, and pricing to meet the needs of lower-income shoppers. In 2016, DCHD leveraged this existing initiative to implement a collaborative partnership program that utilizes these corner stores to engage low-income, minority populations in diabetes prevention education and resource referral. To execute this vison, DCHD identified a diverse group of partners and developed a mutually reinforcing strategy that included providing store shoppers with health risk assessment services, educational materials, and resource referrals during nutritional cooking demonstrations. DCHD was able to utilize strategies to expand the reach of current efforts and increase the number of infrastructure components for supporting community health activities through the building and strengthening of multisector partnerships. Discussion will include how to leverage LPHD strengths with community partner commonalities, utilize cross-promotion opportunities, share best practices and lessons learned, and the scalability and sustainably of partnership expansion.

Keywords

Partnerships & Collaborations, Health Education, Social Determinants of Health

Celeste Ehrenberg, MS, CHES

Community Health Planner II
Douglas County Health Department

Celeste Ehrenberg, MS, CHES is a Community Health Planner II with the Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) in Omaha, NE. She started with the Health Department in 2014 and coordinates a unique, multifaceted Chronic Disease Prevention grant aimed at bridging the gap between community resources and clinical medicine to improve health outcomes in populations experiencing the highest social disparities. Her role is to facilitate grant activities and mutually reinforce strategies between multiple key stakeholders, community partners, and subcontractors. Having a full time grant coordinator for this sizable project has allowed for consensus building while leveraging unexpected opportunities and sustaining momentum allowing Douglas County Health Department to move the needle towards positive population health outcomes via innovative work plan activities. Ms. Ehrenberg is a Certified Health Education Specialist who received her BS in Exercise Science from Wayne State College in Wayne, NE and her MS in Health Promotion from Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS.

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