Community-centered Population Health
Dr. Berg mentors students interested in Community-centered Population Health. The community-university partnerships she has developed build health equity and benefit populations who are under-served, un-served and marginalized. Student-agency partnerships help to familiarize all to the possibilities of the role of an on community teams to enhance population health. Students develop skills in program development, program evaluation and community engagement.
General Description of Student Activities
Students will have the opportunity to work with a community agency to develop and deliver effective educational programming to enhance the capacity of current staff and program outcomes. Students will develop skills in leadership, communications, partnership development, program assessment and evaluation, and interagency collaborations. These scholarly experiences are in the community, and personal transportation is required.
Examples of Projects
Beyond Housing and United for Children partner with WashU OT in the Move2Learn initiative to provide ongoing professional development for early childhood staff serving infants and toddlers. They seek to enhance the capacity of early childhood educators. Current Move2Learn projects include:
- Volunteering weekly in an early childhood center to increase infant and toddler physical activity
- Addressing self-care with staff to cope with serving families and children who are traumatized
Jennings High School: Supporting Positive Opportunities with Teens (SPOT). This school-based health center is run by WUSM physicians and offers full primary care and behavioral services onsite. We partner with the SPOT at Jennings High School (JHS) as part of their coalition team at JHS that champions health initiatives. We seek to broaden the role of occupational therapy in public schools. Current projects are under development:
- Programs for health and wellness of JHS staff and students
- Impact of hypertension on activity participation on students