Sarah Weingarten, Camille Fonseca and Adriana Collings present their practicum work at a poster session of the American Public Health Association annual conference.
The Practice-based Community Health Research course provides opportunities for students to work with local organizations. First offered in 1968, many alumni who completed this course remember the experience as a formative part of their MPH training. Dozens of local organizations have benefited from these projects.
As the course is currently designed, students develop skills in planning and designing practice-based community health research projects. Course content is based on an ecological framework, principles of public health ethics, and a teaching strategy of significant learning experiences and team-based learning. In the current climate of evidence-based practices in public health, this course will help students develop skills in turning practice activities and data into evidence. Assignments are built around a practicum project designed and implemented on behalf of a local agency or organization. Some recent field reports are available below.
Community organizations interested in benefiting from such a project, and serving as preceptors to MPH students, are encouraged to contact Debbie Humphries for further information.
2018 Field Action Reports
- Exploring Barriers to Primary Care Utilization in Transition-Age Males in Southern Connecticut: Optimus Health Care
Development of New Educational Interventions to Lower the Risk of Child Lead Poisoning: Yale New Haven Health Children's Department
Implementing an Effective Community-Based Advisory Board (CAB) at New Haven Farms: New Haven Farms
Measuring & Mapping Mortality in the Elm City: Identifying and Addressing Health Inequities in New Haven with Years of Potential Life Lost (YPLL) and Other Health Determinants: New Haven Health Department
Planned Parenthood – Evaluation of Childbirth Education Needs in Southern New England: Planned Parenthood Southern New England
Public Health Implications of Evictions: Modeling the Costs for Landlords, Tenants, and Society: Bella Vista
Assessing Low-Income Community Members’ Views on Food Access and Farmers’ Markets in New Haven: City Seed
Adapting Dietary Guidelines to Client-Centered Preferences at the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen (DESK): Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen