The WCHPC has joined with the Department of Health Policy and Management in a partnership with Nemours Health and Prevention Services (NHPS) to establish new opportunities for linking academics and prevention practice and research. This Nemours center is pursuing a holistic approach to improving children’s health through concurrent interventions with primary care providers, child care providers, schools, community and youth partner organizations, and children and families at home. Initial focus is on nutrition and physical activity; development of initiatives specific to emotional/behavioral health is underway. The partnership facilitates and supports internships and short term projects for JHSPH students, special presentations and seminars at both institutions, and consulting services for Nemours provided by JHSPH faculty.
As part of the DPFHS-DHPM collaborative partnership with Nemours Health and Prevention Services, the WCHPC hosted a panel discussion on July 12 to consider the role of parents and youth in public health interventions. Featured discussants included Scott Rosas (Nemours), Freya Sonenstein, Clea McNeely and Anne Riley (JHSPH), and Tynecia Cannie and Levan Jones, members of the Youth Advisory Committee of the Department's Center for Adolescent Health.
A second Nemours partnership seminar is scheduled for August 9, where members of the NHPS staff describe their holistic approach to promoting nutritional health and physical activity to reduce overweight and obesity in children through concurrent interventions with primary care providers, child care providers, schools, community and youth partner organizations, and children and families at home. Featured NHPS speakers on August 9 are:
- Dr. Karyl Rattay,MD: primary care programs
- Linda Tholstrup, MS: school programs
- Dorothy Onn, MSW
- Fanilda Shaw, MS: childcare programs