by Emily Blanchard
Public Health Competencies
I have completed parent interviews at the Learning Community Center of South Omaha, and will be working on developing and presenting a needs assessment. Additionally, I am observing some of their parenting workshops. As part of my project, I have worked towards the following public health competencies:
- Discuss the means by which structural bias, social inequities, and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community, and societal levels.
To meet this objective, I am working with the LCCSO to assess needs of their client population regarding healthcare navigation and children with special needs.
- Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of public health policies of programs by interviewing LCCSO clients to determine potential additional questions for intake questionnaire regarding healthcare navigation and children with special needs.
- Advocate for political, social, or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations. This will involve the analyzed feedback from LCCSO client interviews to develop supplemental questions regarding healthcare navigation and child development.
- Describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content by developing and presenting the completed analysis from client interviews regarding potential additions to intake questionnaire to LCCSO staff.
- Perform effectively on interprofessional teams. For this particular goal, I have worked to be professional in my day to day interactions with the LCCSO staff and clients, both during interviews and observation hours. I have attended 2 LCCSO management meetings, a volunteer orientation, and a service learning project orientation presented by the navigators.
Parenting Workshops and Reading Night
On Wednesdays, the LCCSO has parenting workshops in place of English classes. These workshops cover a variety of topics; the picture below is from a workshop that discussed the importance of routines. The navigator taught the parents how to make a small origami star, then led a discussion about how repetition helped everyone learn this new skill. Each parent received a planner at the end of class, and spent a few minutes writing out goals for the following week and month.
On Thursday evenings, the LCCSO hosts an activity called PrimeTime, which is a parent and child reading night. The South Omaha library sends librarians who read a story in English and Spanish (side by side, paragraph by paragraph), asking questions and facilitating discussions along the way. Families then identify the themes in each story. Dinner is provided, and each family gets a copy of the book to take with them. The picture below is during a reading of the book Doña Ana.