American Public Health Association’s (APHA) Annual Meeting and Expo is the largest annual gathering of public health professionals. More than 12,000 people attend, and thousands of new abstracts are presented each year. APHA champions the health of all people and communities, bringing together members from all fields of public health. This year’s theme is “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now.” After submitting two abstracts, Lena L. Grafton, MPH, CHES, Community Engagement Coordinator and Adjunct Faculty and Elizabeth Domholdt, PT, EdD, FAPTA, Director, School of Health Sciences, were pleased to learn that both abstracts were accepted for them to present at the APHA 2018 conference in San Diego, Calif.
One of the sessions is sponsored by the Black Caucus of Healthcare Workers—HBCU Consortium with the theme, “Rising above Institutional Inequity – Our Future Public Health Leaders.” Grafton and Domholdt’s presentation for this session is titled, “Urban Health Curriculum for Pre-Medical Students: Utilizing the Community as the Classroom.” The second session is sponsored by the Community Based Public Health Caucus under the theme, “Lessons Learned from CBPR Projects.” The presentation is titled, “Utilizing CBPR Community-University Partnerships: Equitable Approach to Experiential Learning.”
Grafton has instructed students at the NEOMED-CSU Partnership for Urban Health for more than five years. Because of her collaborations with community stakeholders, partners and residents, she has garnered relationships with more than 75 organizations and groups to provide experiential learning opportunities for the Partnership students. She has also led more than 30 community-based participatory research projects over the years. All of the CBPR projects are mutually beneficial for the students as well as the community partners and their constituents. Many of the projects have resulted in receiving grant funds for the community partner and/or assisting in addressing a public health issue in our urban communities. Domholdt has served as the faculty liaison to the Partnership since joining Cleveland State University in 2016. In this capacity she participates in admissions, curriculum revision, professional development teaching, and as an advisor to community-based participatory research projects.
Congratulations. We are sure you will represent Cleveland State University well in sunny California!