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Impact

2020 CHW Forum

This collage of photos reflects ppt slides and photos taken at the CHW Forum held at OSU Stillwater on March 12, 2020. The CHW Forum was a collaboration among several organizations, including OSU, OSDH, OCCHD, OPHTC, and OPHA. The forum aimed to increase awareness and infrastructure support for a statewide CHW workforce in Oklahoma. The CHW Forum slides are available for your review here.

 

chw collage

 

 

2019 Health Promotion Sciences Memories 

This photo collage captures moments of significance to the Department of Health Promotion Sciences (HPS) at the Hudson College of Public Health, OUHSC. These moments include the beautiful conference location at the River Spirit Event Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a HCOPH exhibit, HPS doctoral students attending and presenting at the conference, R6SCPHTC partners from Tulane presenting, colleagues from the OCCHD and OSDH, and national speakers sharing information about the CHW workforce in the U.S.

 

OPHA collage

 

 

2017 Stories of Impact!

 

Impact of Projects on Public Health (download PDF version)

  • ‘Since the initiation of my project at a community health center serving a primarily Hispanic population in Tulsa, OK, pap smear rates there have significantly increased. HPV vaccine rates are also trending upward. The impact of this project on Tulsa’s Hispanic community will hopefully continue to grow after the completion of my practicum through further recommendations I have made to the center.’
  • ‘The data I collected in my project will help in more accurate estimation of Hepatitis C in Native Americans, an underserved population.’
  • ‘This project will highlight the lessons learned by participating organizations in the PHAB accreditation process. Each organization has unique features and may have encountered different strengths and challenges from the process which will be useful for other Oklahoma health departments who have participated in the PHAB accreditation process.’
  • ‘My analysis of the data I collected during my project will help better inform public health policy involving food pantries across Oklahoma to reduce health disparities.’
  • ‘My project identified a need for directed tobacco cessation education for Oklahomans with severe mental illness.’

Impact of Stipend on Students

  • All projects were unpaid, other than the PHTC stipend. Some students also had to take time away from employment positions to pursue their project. The stipends were crucial in offsetting the financial burden incurred.
  • Students are using stipend funds to travel to conferences to present and improve their work, and to gain further training to help better serve the different projects’ target populations.

Student Stipend Awardees

Impact of Projects on Students

 

  • Students were very happy to be able to work directly with underserved populations in their communities and throughout the state.
  • They also learned new qualitative and quantitative research and analysis techniques that they will be able to use throughout their public health careers.
  • Their experiences in working on their projects led students to adopt what they learned into their future career plans.
  • Some students were offered full-time post-matriculation employment as a direct result of their project experiences.