Engaging Communities

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The Engaging Community module includes learning objectives, lecture content, required readings, and an assessment. Lecture content begins with a recorded lecture on key concepts, terms, and resources in community engagement by Dr. Beth O’Connell, Assistant Professor in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health and Coordinator of the Rural Health Certificate at East Tennessee State University’s College of Public Health. The slide deck with links from this recording is also provided for you. Additionally, a TED Talk “What rural medicine can teach us about a doctor’s place in the community” by Dr. Jonathan Piercy will provide context from a physician perspective. These lectures are intended to introduce the student to community engagement concepts, terms, resources, and the physician perspective.

There are three required readings that are intended to round out the student’s community engagement knowledge and skills with complementary material. The CDC Community Health Navigator website will provide you with information about a CDC initiative based on healthcare, public health, and community collaboration. The Community Toolbox- Chapter 7: Encouraging Involvement in Community Work reading is comprehensive and includes multiple sub-sections with reading material, resources, and PowerPoints for each sub-section. The Community Toolbox is a respected community health resource, so please feel free to check out other chapters, although not required for this module. Finally, “What do we know about community-based health worker programs? A systematic review of existing reviews on community health workers” by Scott et al. will provide you some peer-reviewed context and evidence for community health worker (CHW) programs. CHW programs are often an effective way to bridge healthcare and community.

The assessment for this module is a 12-question quiz. Question formats include multiple choice and matching. The assessment should take about 15 minutes to complete and will cover lecture content and required readings.

This course is part of the Rural Health Training Series. 

Learning objectives

  • Identify key terms and definitions in community engagement
  • Identify important roles of a physician in engaging a rural community
  • Define the purpose of the CDC’s Community Health Navigator program
  • Describe recent evidence around community health worker programming
  • Identify groups of people that should be included in a community health collaboration or coalition
  • Describe reasons for including diverse people in a community health collaboration or coalition

Principal faculty and their credentials: Bethesda O’Connell, DrPH, MPH
Medium or combination of media used:  Video and readings
Method of physician participation in the learning process: N/A
Estimated time to complete the educational activity: 3.0 hours
Dates of original release and most recent review or update: August 24, 2022
Termination date: June 2, 2025

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Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University designates this online activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine, Department of Continuing Education for Health Professionals(CEHP) holds the standard that its continuing medical education programs should be free of commercial bias and conflict of interest.  It is the policy of the CEHP that each presenter and planning committee member of any CME activity must disclose any financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with corporate organizations whose products or services are being discussed in a presentation. All commercial support of an educational activity must also be disclosed to the conference attendees.

This training modules was supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $40,000 with 100 percent funded by CDC/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by CDC/HHS, or the U.S. Government.

Up to 2.00 (2.00CH) continuing nursing education hours have been approved for this session of the program. East Tennessee State University College of Nursing is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the North Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

East Tennessee State University Continuing Medical Education adheres to the ACCME’s Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education. Any individuals in a position to control the content of a CE activity, including faculty, planners, reviewers or others are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with ineligible entities (commercial interests). All relevant conflicts of interest have been mitigated prior to the commencement of the activity.

East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine, Office of Continuing Medical Education (OCME) holds the standard that its continuing medical education programs should be free of commercial bias and conflict of interest.  The OCME requires each presenter and planning committee member to disclose all financial affiliations with commercial interests.  

A commercial interest is any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing healthcare goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients.  The following individuals have provided disclosure of potential conflicts of interest as noted:

Beth O’Connell: Nothing to disclose