Community Relations Director
Minnesota Department of Human Services
This course introduces the student to develop skills for working in and with community. There are disparities or differential outcomes for populations of color and American Indians, both in who gets access to or involuntarily forced into services and then, once receiving services, in outcomes from the services provided. There is limited meaningful involvement of the communities being served in the design of the programs intended to support them. This results in programs being designed from the dominant culture's perspective that make it harder to reach the outcomes all communities support and can benefit from. The first part of the class will focus on understanding community using the principles of community organizing and engagement and understanding the lived experiences of various populations. The second part of class will focus on actual practice and skill building to start the process of building relationships with community members. It is expected that participants have a basic knowledge and sensitivity to differences, power, white privilege and unconscious bias.
This non-credit course meets with the academic course PubH 7200-110 as part of the 2019 Public Health Institute.
For more information: sph.umn.edu/public-health-institute
At the end of this course students will be able to:
- Describe community engagement, why it is important, and develop a personal definition of community engagement. with populations impacted by inequities
- State the history of US race relations, power dynamics, and culture and its impact on effective community engagement.
- Examine symptoms of colonization: historical trauma, genocide, land loss and its residual impact on populations experiencing inequities in Minnesota
- Demonstrate how race and racism impact policy making addressing inequities: policy deconstruction
- Design planning and design using participatory leadership in community engagement using Art of Hosting and Technology of Participation.
- Evaluate daily learning experiences to inform next day sessions
Registration & Cancellation
The registration fee for this course is $595. You will receive an email letter outlining program logistics two weeks prior to the start of the course.
Requests for refunds will be honored in full if a written cancellation request is received prior to the course start date. An administration fee of $50 will be charged to all refund requests received after the first day of class. The Centers for Public Health Education and Outreach (CPHEO) reserves the right to cancel any course. In the event of a course cancellation, registrants will receive a full refund of the program registration fee. CPHEO is not responsible for refund of travel or other costs incurred by registrants.
The Centers for Public Health Education and Outreach will provide a certificate of attendance verifying 1.5 CEUs (15 contact hours) offered for this program. This course is eligible for 15 CPH recertification credits.
All courses are approved for CPH Recertification Credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.
Contact & Questions
Meghan Taylor: email@example.com