Third annual Community Health Engagement Day teaches about bridging the gap between practitioners and communities

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Duke University health professions students learned about the importance of medical practitioners partnering with each other and community organizations at the third annual Community Health Engagement Day held at the Bryan Center at Duke University Sept. 10.

Keynote speaker Vivek Murthy, M.D., MBA, president and co-founder of Doctors for America, spoke to Duke University faculty, staff, residents and students, and members of the community about the critical public health challenges facing the country and how those challenges can be met using 21st century strategies, technology and partnerships.

Murthy spoke of adopting an approach that utilizes community coalitions and technology to cultivate a grassroots culture of entrepreneurship.

“We need innovators who are on the ground,” Murthy said.

He challenged the students in attendance, which included students from Duke’s Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant and Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs, to think about how they can improve health care. He said the choices the students make today have the potential to impact the world around us.

Also part of Community Health Engagement Day, Duke School of Medicine and School of Nursingstudents, residents and faculty presented posters showcasing their research and service in areas such as health education in Durham schools and youth homes, dementia care and therapy, accessibility of healthful foods in Durham, providing care for refugees, and much more.

Participation of students in ‘Introduction to Prevention’ course

Community Health Engagement Day is a partnership between the Schools of Medicine and Nursing, and is part of the schools’ interprofessional four-week “Introduction to Prevention” course in which students from Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant and Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs use a team learning approach to apply basic principles of prevention for individuals, groups and populations, and analyze health promotion and disease prevention service needs for a population or community.

As part of their assignment for the week, students interacted with the poster presenters and asked questions about the projects and research. Students and attendees voted on their favorite posters, and the top five were recognized during a presentation at the end of the day.

The posters recognized were:

  • Duke Med Elementary (Alissa Stavig; Benjamin S. Parker; Matthew Detter; Moiez Ali; R. M. Kalpanee Gunasingha; Taylor Broome; Nancy Weigle, M.D.; David Stein – School of Medicine. Duke Community and Family Medicine, Senior Education Partnership Coordinator, Duke Durham Neighborhood Partnership)
  • Making Healthier Foods Accessible in Southwest Central Durham (Humberto Rodriguez, Debbie Royster, Rebecca Oats, Jill Brown, Kenisha Bethea – Duke Division of Community Health, First Calvary Baptist Church, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle)
  • BMI = Be More Informed (Jonathan Bonnet, M.D., Donna Tuccero, M.D., Barbara Sheline, M.D., MPH – Duke Community and Family Medicine, School of Medicine)
  • Personalized Music Therapy for Patients with Dementia (Kelly Ryan Murphy; Daniel Goltz; Doris Coleman; Carmelita Karhoff, MSHA; Heidi K. White, M.D. – School of Medicine, Eno Pointe Assisted Living Center, Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman, DUMC Department of Medicine, Geriatrics)
  • Endless Possibilities Dance: Dance for Children with Special Needs and Their Families(Melana Tysowsky, SPT; Kristi Duke, PT; Sadye Paez Errickson, PT, MS, MPH, Ph.D. (Duke Doctor of Physical Therapy Program)

Academic and community partners

The following academic and community partners also had exhibits during Community Health Engagement Day: School of Nursing; Duke Family Medicine Residency program; the Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Leadership program; Duke Pediatrics Residency Program; The Practical Playbook: Public Health and Primary Care Together; El Centro Hispano; Duke’s LIVE FOR LIFE Employee Occupational and Wellness program; the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship; Healing with CAARE; Alzheimer’s, North Carolina; Housing for New Hope; Mental Health–IP Group; and Enroll America.

Community Health Engagement Day is hosted by the Department of Community and Family Medicine and the The Jared Haft Goldstein Memorial Fund. The behind-the-scenes organizers of the event were Duke Community and Family Medicine Vice Chair for Education Justine Strand de Oliveira, DrPH, PA-C; Family Medicine Residency Program Director Viviana Martinez-Bianchi, M.D., FAAFP; and Duke Community and Family Medicine Education Coordinator Kate Holeman.