The National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA), an initiative led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health , promotes cross-sector, multi-level and systems-oriented approaches for tackling health disparities. The cross-sector focus of the NPA evolves from the understanding that disparities are rooted in the inequitable distribution of underlying social determinants of health, such as education, employment, and environmental quality. The NPA envisions a path to health equity that includes changes to policies, practices and programs over time, at multiple levels of government and across different sectors, such that the promotion of health equity becomes integral to how organizations operate.

To support the integration of health equity in programs, policies and practices, the Federal Interagency Health Equity Team (FIHET) has created a monthly speaker webinar series to create a collaborative and learning environment to highlight current practices and innovative strategies for this type of work across sectors and at different levels of government. The series launched on May 7, 2014.

Webinar Series Learning Objectives

Participants will learn about:
  • Ongoing activities to integrate equity in policies and programs that are aligned with health or specific social determinants of health within public, private, health and non-health sector organizations.
  • Examples of policy, administrative, data and knowledge levers that have initiated, facilitated and/or supported efforts to promote equity through a featured program or policy aligned with health or specific social determinants of health.
  • Strategies, resources and tools used to promote equity through a featured program’s activities/operations.
  • Challenges, needs and opportunities to promote equity through a program.
  • Strategies for identifying opportunities to promote equity through programs or policies.
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The College of Menominee Nation is a tribal college in northeast Wisconsin that serves the Menominee Nation and its surrounding communities. The college, in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Extension, Menominee Indian School District, Menominee Tribal School, and Woodland Boys & Girls Club, is working collaboratively on the Menominee Youth Empowerment Program (MYEP) grant, which is funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health. The webinar will focus on the ways in which MYEP has worked towards reducing disparities by addressing unhealthy behaviors in at-risk minority youth ages 11 to 14. The cohort of 53 students has been exposed to nine broad objectives covering topics such as academics, culture, life skills, career development, personal development and wellness, unintentional injury, diabetes prevention, substance abuse, and teen dating and violence.

A salient feature of MYEP has been the involvement of various community agencies to hone and broaden the students’ skills and experiences that contribute to more positive lifestyles and enhance their capacity to make healthier choices. For example, law enforcement officers advised students on safe driving practices, and career counselors regularly work with students to better prepare them to find professional opportunities upon graduation. Data have shown positive outcomes in students correlated to participation in the program. Annual evaluations revealed positive outcomes such as testing negative in diabetes screenings and not being associated with gangs and gang violence.

The webinar will highlight how data was used extensively as a lever to improve the program and tailor it to improve health outcomes in children, the result of evaluations and interviews with students, and the successes and challenges the program has faced. Presenters will 1) Discuss the development of the program and promising practices that have been established; 2) How the program was evaluated and its result; and 3) Use of the collective impact model to support students in learning how to make healthier lifestyle choices.

TOPIC: Menominee Youth Empowerment Program: Addressing Disparities in At-Risk Tribal Youth
• Brandon Frechette, Youth Empowerment Program Coordinator, Menominee Youth
Empowerment Program
• Brian Kowalkowski, Dean of Continuing Education, College of Menominee Nation
• Dr. JulieAnn Stawicki, Associate Professor, Department of Youth Development, University of Wisconsin-Extension

DATE: January 25, 2017
TIME: 2:00-3:00 pm CT/3:00-4:00 pm ET

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