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Generate, Educate, Activate, Respond (GEAR) Groups

 

 

Group 1: GEAR Up For Understanding Chronic Disease Data and Methods for Communicating Impact

The GEAR Group for Chronic Disease Data and Methods will explore chronic disease data, levels of evidence and methods for analyzing and presenting data. Participants will also share experiences in data surveillance, analysis and presentation, as well as communicating public health value. This group seeks to improve individual and chronic disease/health promotion unit competency in basic-to-advanced epidemiology and epidemiological methods, presenting data and communicating impact. The group audience will receive presentations on visually presenting data (data visualization); predicting and calculating cost savings, return on investment, and cost effectiveness and other topics selected by the GEAR Group. The group will also review published literature. Group will be responsible for preparing an issue brief document for NACDD’s Chronic Disease Practitioner Network providing examples of state uses of chronic disease data, including demonstrating return on investment (ROI). The group will explore professional development recommendations for chronic disease and health promotion staff.

 

Domains Addressed: 1, 2, 3, 4

 

Learner Objectives

  1. Participants will understand chronic disease surveillance and epidemiology, language and practices used to analyze data (i.e. incidence, prevalence, forecasting and determining cost effectiveness).
  2. Participants will examine advanced applications of chronic disease data in public health practice.
  3. Participants will share knowledge and document case examples on exemplary data uses and communicating public health value.

 

 

Group 2: GEAR Up for Community Benefit

Team members will gear up to learn about the IRS Community Benefit requirement and how it links to their state and local partners. We will explore how it may enhance collaboration and outreach within states to further their partnership efforts to reduce chronic diseases and its risk factors.

 

Domains Addressed:  2, 3, 4

 

Learner Objectives:

  1. Participants will gain experience leading/facilitating a group discussion on community benefits.
  2. Participants will increase their knowledge about how to maximize the community benefit requirement to enhance their state and local efforts.
  3. Participants will gain knowledge on how to reach out to partners to collaborate on community benefits.

  

Group 3: GEAR Up for Understanding Healthcare Payment Reform

This group will aim to address how public health needs to understand payers and payment reform in the context of population health management. This includes a review of common language, understanding the public payers, commercial payers, what is driving the reform and how the payment system is changing to accommodate this, as well political and financial challenges. The team will discuss how public health can get to the table and contribute to the dialogue including how to engage with health systems and payers. Open to states with innovation-type awards (SIM, TCP, DSRIP, etc.). For more information on GEAR Group 3, click here.

 

Domains Addressed: 3, 4

 

Learner Objectives:

  1. Team members will gain leadership skills in working with their peers to identify and share public health and health system goals that are mutually beneficial and that improve chronic disease related health outcomes. 
  2. Team members will have an increased understanding of the current landscape of payment reform.
  3. Team members will learn more about payment reform innovations and initiatives that are designed to address population health.

 

 

Group 4: GEAR Up to Communicate the Value of Public Health

Team members will share state and local examples of public health and health system goals that are aligned for mutual benefit and will identify key messages that communicate the value of public health. Team members will share the frameworks and tools they have used to make the case for public health to key audiences and partners.

 

Domains Addressed: 1, 2, 3, 4

 

Learner Objectives:

  1. Team members will gain leadership skills in working with their peers to identify and share public health and health system goals that are mutually beneficial and that improve chronic disease related health outcomes.
  2. Team members will gain knowledge about potential messages, tools and frameworks for communicating the value of public health to key audiences and partners.
  3. Team members will develop a product that showcases their collaborative work that can be shared widely with all state chronic disease directors and programs.

 

 

Group 5: GEAR Up for Health Equity

This group will focus on strategies to integrate health equity into all aspects of state chronic disease and health promotion programs. Team members will share and build upon lessons learned to approach chronic disease prevention with a health equity lens.

 

Domains Addressed:  1, 2, 3, 4

 

Learner Objectives:

  1. Team members will gain skills in analyzing relevant behavioral, environmental and social determinants of health data to develop effective programs for health promotion and chronic disease prevention.
  2. Team members will review policies intended to improve vulnerable population health outcomes, and strategies to insure the desired outcomes and health equity are achieved through the application of such policies.
  3. Team members will develop resources to integrate health equity into programs and services that can be used widely within state chronic disease and health promotion programs.