Track 6 - Addressing the Social Determinates of Health Through Partnerships

Sharing Session - 60 Minutes

G10 - Engaging Youth to Assess Their Own Health: A Novel Approach to Health Assessment in Denver

Wednesday, July 11
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Salon E

Denver’s previously published health assessments provided a large amount of useful data. However, they missed the opportunity to take a sufficiently deep dive to explore health issues facing a specific group; engage community members to actively participate in and lead the assessment process; and ask the target population to define assets and protective factors for success.
This session will present a case study that explores a novel approach to assessing health, specifically, the 2017 Denver Youth Health Assessment (YHA).
In 2017, Denver’s public health agencies conducted a different type of health assessment focused on and designed by Denver youth. A team of young people who live, learn, love, work, play, and pray in Denver were recruited and employed to drive the health assessment process. With support from public health staff, they designed the research approach; collected and analyzed the data; helped to develop the final report; and shared the findings with community stakeholders. By engaging young people directly, the YHA ensured that agency-identified issues and opportunities aligned with youth-defined needs and desires for improvement and change. The YHA highlights how young people described thriving while illuminating some key challenges facing Denver’s youth that differ from the experience of Denver’s adults.
In addition to learning about Denver's YHA, participants in this session will discover the value in utilizing principles of community-based participatory research to structure health assessment efforts and will learn the steps necessary to implement this approach to community engagement in their assessment work.


Community Health Assessment, Partnerships & Collaborations, Health Equity

Abigail Steiner, MS MPH

Denver Public Health & Denver Department of Public Health and Environment

Abbie Steiner is an Epidemiologist at Denver Public Health and the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment and has Master of Public Health and Master of Science in Nutrition degrees. In her current role she works to use data to leverage community driven change. She is passionate about social epidemiology and brings a commitment to authentic community engagement to all the work that she does. When not working in public health, she likes to spend time outside in her garden with her husband, 10 month old, and dog.


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