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Tuesday, October 10 • 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Engaged members of our society: Coppin State University's Doctoral Program focus on empowering and informing the community (45 mins)

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For a community to improve its health, residents must understand and pursue changes in order to eliminate or reduce factors that contribute to health problems. Health promotion and education can assist residents to become empowered to make informed decision about their health and social well-being. A leading initiative of the university is community engagement. The Helene Fuld School of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program integrates principles and activities for community engagement in the curriculum. The program emphasizes and promotes practice initiatives to promote an optimal level of health and wellbeing. Didactic and practicum experiences include an integration of the social determinates of health as critical to enhancing and improving the well-being of community residents. Practicum hours are spent at agencies that provide primary health care, behavioral health, and social well-being. Students participate as members of a state senator Task Force on the Social Determinants of health. The students actively seek to engage the community through initiatives such as a DNP Symposium most recently aimed at linking patients to resources with the utilization of health information technology. Integrated throughout their studies is the development and implementation of a project that addresses a need in the community, provide the opportunity to, for example, link policy making with clinical systems, translate research into practice and/or serve as change agents for health care. The academic plan culminates in a final project that addresses a community need based in part on an assessment of community needs and health status information about the community.


Jennifer Pope

Assistant Professor, Coppin State University

Joan Tilghman

Chairperson DNP Program, Coppin State University

Tuesday October 10, 2017 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Colorado H

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