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Diversification of the U.S. Healthcare Workforce: How We Should Train and Motivate Future Leaders

Over the past several years, the severe shortage in the healthcare workforce has been largely overshadowed by political infighting concerning the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Nevertheless, it is a topic that deserves our immediate attention, given the great impact it has on the quality of the health care we receive and to our nation’s overall health. In this article, we review key lessons and strategies Community Science team members have learned while conducting evaluations of healthcare workforce development programs.

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Preparing for the Next Crisis in Public Health: One Future Minority Health Professional at a Time

With so many government public health workers retiring and not enough new ones poised to replace them, there will be an estimated shortage of over 250,000 workers by 2020. Furthermore, Hispanics, American Indians and Alaska Natives, and African Americans are underrepresented in this already-depleted public health workforce. In response to the need for a larger and more diverse workforce, the federal Office of Minority Health (OMH) began the Youth Health Equity Model of Practice (YHEMOP). Community Science was contracted by OMH to evaluate the YHEMOP—a new initiative that seeks to diversify and educate future generations of public health leaders and practitioners.

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Interviews from Notable Contributors to Community Science

In continuation of celebrating Community Science’s 20th anniversary, we are interviewing past and current major contributors to the impact of Community Science. This issue in the series includes a group interview with Margaret (Meg) Hargreaves, Ph.D., Principal Associate, and Amy Minzner, M.S.C.R.P., M.A., Senior Associate. For detailed staff profiles from each contributor, visit the Our Community page on our website. The interview was conducted by Nour Elshabassi (NE), Research Assistant.

NE: What brought you to Community Science?

Meg: Throughout my career, I have been interested in and involved in doing community-based work, especially in public health. I have been interested in getting back to doing community-based work, even when I was working for other research and consulting firms. Finally, the stars aligned so that I could join Community Science and get back to that topic more full time.

Amy: I was attracted to the opportunity to leverage my place-based evaluation work with the work of others to deepen our collective ability to help create more healthy, just, and equitable communities.

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Communities as Key Arenas for Innovation: Building Community Capacity to Address Adverse Childhood Experiences and Increase Resilience

Featured from The Intersector Project: A Guest Blog Post by Margaret (Meg) Hargreaves, Ph.D.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (or ACEs), commonly defined as 10 types of child abuse, neglect, and family exposure to toxic stress, comprise a complex, population-wide health problem with significant detrimental outcomes.

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Community Science Participates at the Cross-Cultural Symposium

Community Science team members presented at the Cross-Cultural Symposium: Empower and Educate. The full-day, symposium examined the ways in which direct service providers, policy makers, nonprofits, corporate partners, government and the media can collaborate to effectively increase civic knowledge, engagement, and educated decision making in underserved communities. Check out our team in action!

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Staff Profiles: Summer Graduate Interns

The development of the next generation of community change professionals is a key contributor to our mission to create healthy, just, and equitable communities. This month, we feature our two graduate interns.

Reese Crispen, Summer Graduate Intern, is a master’s student in applied economics at Georgetown University, where he focuses on identifying determinants of and solutions to economic inequality.

Abiodun (Abi) Azeez, Summer Graduate Intern, is a Ph.D. student in sociology at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Recent Publications:

Emerging Action Principles for Designing and Planning Community Change (March 2015)

Community Matters! Decades of scientific research have shown that being part of a supportive, inclusive and capable community promotes mental, physical, and social well-being more than any other factors known to the social and medical sciences. Our publication series, Community Matters: Action Principles, Frameworks, and Strategies, shares what science and practice have taught us about building and strengthening community. The first publication in this series, “Emerging Principles for Designing and Implementing Community Change,” has just been released.

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Local Voices: On-the-Ground Perspectives on Driving Community Change in the Making Connections Sites (July 2014)

This report describes, from the perspective of local stakeholders, the experience of several sites involved in Making Connections — the Foundation’s signature community change initiative of the 2000s — in developing and enhancing the core capacities essential for articulating and pursuing a local community change agenda. The report describes the conditions in the communities when Making Connections began; the core capacities built during the decade-long initiative; the factors that contributed to capacity building; the evidence of improved outcomes for children, families and neighborhoods resulting from the enhanced change capacities; the continuing challenges of sustaining those capacities; and key takeaways from the experience.  

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Addressing Health Disparities Through Organizational Change-Evaluation Report (April 2012)

In 2006, The Colorado Trust funded 14 organizations to improve their cultural competency in order to strengthen their capacity to reduce health disparities.  Community Science was engaged to evaluate the initiative, specifically assessing: 1) changes in cultural competency among grantees, 2) the influence of cultural competency changes on grantee interventions and short -term outcomes, 3) factors and conditions needed to bring about positive changes in organizational cultural competency, and 4) grantee progress and accomplishments over time.  

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The Importance of Culture in Evaluation

The Importance of Culture in Evaluation, a publication funded by The Colorado Trust, provides insights to help guide the complex dynamics between evaluators, funders and stakeholders of different cultures. The report provides examples of where cross-cultural competency is critical in evaluation and recommends questions and strategies that an evaluator should consider when practicing this form of cultural competency. 

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