Organizing Communities to Create Health


Presented by:

Bridget B Kelly, interim director, Board on Children, Youth, and Families, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; member, The Creating Health Collaborative
Regina Stevens, health educator, Birth Matters
Nayeli Y Chavez-Dueñas, associate professor, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Mark L Wieland, assistant professor of medicine, Primary Care Internal Medicine, The Mayo Clinic; member, The Creating Health Collaborative

Moderated by:

Jenifer Morgan, senior digital editor, Stanford Social Innovation Review

Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Time: 11 a.m.-12 noon PST, 2-3 p.m. EST, 7-8 p.m. GMT

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Vast and ever-increasing sums of money are spent each year on health care, but not on what most people would like to see change to make their lives "healthier." The health care industry is locked into a model focused on our most passive states—viewing health as curing our diseases and preventing us from causing ourselves harm. To support us in actively creating health for ourselves and for our families, friends, and neighbors, the health care industry needs to broaden its view and share its decision-making power with the people it serves.

This webinar is for community leaders and organizers who wish to connect to the health and public health sectors, and the resources they have to offer. It is also for health care, public health, and social change leaders interested in how to better understand the complex needs of the communities they serve and what role health has among other aims.

Presented by the Creating Health Collaborative, this webinar will:

  • Provide an overview of the role that communities can play in creating their own health, as they themselves define it
  • Review guiding principles for how to foster that role
  • Offer advice on how health care and sectors skilled at community building through shared decision-making can better understand how their priorities, and those of communities, relate to each other and how they can work hand-in-hand
  • Offer resources and tools to help develop agreement on priorities among diverse perspectives
  • Share examples from panelists with community outreach, research, and clinical experience

What people value as part of a satisfying life is more than the absence of disease; it also encompasses physical functioning, emotional and financial security, safety, nourishing relationships, and a sense of meaning. These relate to familiar aims of community building—economic development, housing, combating social isolation, and education. Yet they can also contribute to specific health outcomes that have traditionally been of the greatest interest to the health field, such as controlling heart disease and diabetes, preventing substance abuse, and reducing emergency room visits and hospital readmissions. Community members themselves understand a lot about the changes they desire to make their lives better, and there is potential to create lasting improvements in health if we view and support community members as active, knowledgeable agents. To do so will require more-inclusive approaches to prioritizing what matters, choosing the most feasible and useful projects, allocating resources, and generating new knowledge.

Presented in conjunction with the Creating Health Collaborative, an international collective aiming to understand health beyond the lens of health care, this webinar builds on the recent SSIR series, Communities Creating Health, which is now available as an eBook. The webinar will feature an overview presentation from Bridget B. Kelly, a member of the Creating Health Collaborative and co-editor of the SSIR series. She will be joined by Regina Stevens, a health educator at Birth Matters; Nayeli Y. Chavez-Dueñas, a researcher on the faculty of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology; and Mark L. Wieland, a primary care physician at the Mayo Clinic and also a member of the Creating Health Collaborative. 

Thanks to the generosity of Kaiser Permanente and The California Endowment, this webinar is complimentary.


Speaker Bios

Bridget B Kelly, interim director, Board on Children, Youth, and Families, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Bridget B. Kelly is a member of the Creating Health Collaborative and a co-editor of the series Communities Creating Health. Most recently she spent eight years at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine where she worked on a wide range of topics in health and education, using a diverse array of processes for convening, information gathering, and analysis and interpretation. She led projects on workforce needs for the education of children birth through age 8, evaluation design for complex global initiatives, U.S. global HIV/AIDS programs, country-level decision-making for health, global chronic diseases, and strengthening the use of economic evidence to inform interventions for children and families. She is also a dancer and choreographer with many years of experience in grassroots arts administration and production. Kelly holds an MD and a doctorate in neurobiology, which she completed through the Medical Scientist Training Program at Duke University. She received her bachelors degree in biology and neuroscience from Williams College, where she was also the recipient of the Hutchinson Fellowship in fine arts.

Regina Stevens, health educator, Birth Matters

Regina Stevens health educator at Birth Matters. Previously, she served as the outreach coordinator for teen services in Spartanburg, South Carolina. She is known for her endless efforts in the community as she reaches out to bring awareness of the critical impact of preventive health care. Partnering up with several agencies, Stevens quickly became the face of the community regarding “The Point Teen Health Center.” Stevens is a former board member of Spartanburg’s local health education non-profit, REACH, and she sits on several committees with the United Way, South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, and The Deaf and Blind School. Stevens has also developed her own teen ministry to increase the awareness of the issues teenagers face in today’s society. Stevens holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from University of Phoenix. 

Nayeli Y Chavez-Dueñas, associate professor, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Nayeli Y. Chavez-Dueñas is an associate professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP). Her research focuses on parenting styles, immigration, Latino/a psychology, multiculturalism, and racial relations. Currently, she serves as the faculty coordinator for the concentration in Latino/a Mental Health for the masters in counseling psychology at TCSPP. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the APA accredited program at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Her area of clinical specialization is child and adolescent clinical psychology. She has earned a number of awards including Southern Illinois University’s James Walker Presidential Fellowship and most recently, the 2012 Distinguished Teaching Award for Excellence in Multicultural Pedagogy by TCSPP. She serves as an assistant editor for the Interamerican Journal of Psychology and associate editor for Latino/a Psychology Today, a publication of the National Latino/a Psychology Association (NLPA).

Mark Wieland, assistant professor of medicine, Primary Care Internal Medicine, The Mayo Clinic

Mark Wieland is an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.  Having trained in medicine and public health, his clinical and research interests lie in health promotion through community participation in research aimed at reduction of health inequities.  In his role as a primary care physician, he has developed a niche in caring for immigrant and refugee patients, both at Mayo Clinic and in community clinics.  His research is focused on assessment of the structural barriers and facilitators to health among vulnerable populations and participatory derivation of local interventions to address these factors.  With funding from the NIH and Mayo Clinic, he has led initiatives to improve community and immigrant health with local solutions.  

Jenifer Morgan, senior digital editor, Stanford Social Innovation Review

Jenifer Morgan is senior digital editor of Stanford Social Innovation Review. Morgan has 15 years of publishing experience and has developed award-winning publications both in print and online. Before coming to Stanford University, she was a writer and web consultant for the Redford Center, a social change nonprofit founded by Robert Redford. Previously, she was editorial director of Ideal Bite, an online media company for conscious consumers. She was also founding editor of Shojo Beat magazine and managing editor of MacAddict magazine (now MacLife). Morgan was a WorldTeach volunteer in Poland through Harvard University’s Center for International Development and earned a Private Pilot License from the Sierra Academy of Aeronautics. She has a bachelor's degree in English from the University of California at Santa Barbara, with studies abroad at the University of Leeds, UK.