On October 20th and 21st, the Drexel University School of Public Health partnered with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for its third in a series of regional workshops entitled “Livable Communities: Building Connections for a Healthier Future.” This workshop was held with generous support from Health Partners Foundation.
The two-day conference offered public housing residents and stakeholders an opportunity to learn about the health issues disproportionately affecting residents of HUD-assisted housing, meet practitioners who have developed effective strategies to combat poor health outcomes in their communities, and develop plans for action.
The goal of the conference was to educate and empower residents of HUD-assisted housing to develop strategic plans and partnerships to combat the poor community health outcomes that hinder self-sufficiency.
The conference consisted of panel discussions, keynote speakers, and strategic planning sessions to discuss best practices for improving health outcomes and creating livable communities for HUD-assisted residents.
Thursday's presentations included an introduction from Mayor Nutter and a Keynote Scientific Presentation from Dr. Brian Smedley of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.
Faculty speakers from the Drexel School of Public Health, and College of Nursing and Health Professions included Drs. Nicole Vaughn (Sustainability in Community-Based Research and Programs), Renee Turchi and Patty Gerrity (Accessible Health Care), Amy Auchincloss and Stella Volpe (Improving Access to Food), and Ann Klassen and Yvonne Michael (Prevention in Place: The Role of the Built Environment in Community Health).
Panelists from a wide range of philanthropic and community partner agencies presented local and national perspectives. These speakers represented: the Family Practice and Counseling Network, Health Federation of Philadelphia, Delaware Valley Community Health, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, Pennsylvania Environmental Council, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods Program, HRSA, Common Market, The Enterprise Center, The Food Trust, Campbell Soup Foundation, the Bristol Meyers-Squibb Foundation, and Health Partners Foundation.
Workshops on Friday lead participants through a facilitator-guided planning session to identify and address a problem in their own community.
Drexel University’s School of Public Health takes an interdisciplinary approach to public health that blends rigorous science and meaningful practice. Drexel SPH is one of the fastest growing schools of public health in the country. The School is a fully accredited School of Public Health and full member of the Association of Schools of Public Health.