Jul 14, 2020
Sandra Melstad, MPH is the
founder and CEO of SLM Consulting, LLC. Sandra has worked in public
health for over a decade focused on health promotion and chronic
disease prevention and control initiatives; working to improve the
health of rural and urban communities where people live, work,
learn and play. Sandra is experienced with evidence-based public
health practice, policy, system, and environment change, community
health needs assessment and improvement, cancer prevention,
epidemiology, and big data. She established SLM Consulting, LLC in
2012, which is focused on providing data driven public health
solutions to create healthy communities and improve population
health guided by prevention, research, and evidence-based public
health. She calls South Dakota home and is currently working
on her PhD at the University of South Dakota.
In This Episode We
conducting needs assessments are crucial to understanding the
barriers and facilitators to improving health equity in rural
barriers to health equity: practitioner skill level, policies,
cultural values, and implicit biases.
importance of collaborating with not only traditional public health
professionals but also non-traditional professionals, which is
especially important in rural areas.
helping people understand what health equity is is the foundation
of the work.
working with clients on “out of the box” thinking is her
importance of collaboration and community engagement in rural
states such as South Dakota.
a needs assessment is and how we often don’t know what we don’t
she personally and professionally is working towards achieving
the health equity research gaps are and what we can focus on to
close those gaps.
steps you can take to start doing health equity work.
- "Rural communities are disproportionately
impacted by chronic diseases and health outcomes.”
do we get people to understand what health equity is?”
are the root outcomes affecting (health) outcomes?”
needs assessment is a comprehensive and collaborative process where
diverse partners and the community are engaged to help collect
we can bring people together we can share resources and have a much
better chance of making an impact.”
- Engage with your neighbors, just be open
and welcoming to all different mindsets so you can impact health
broadly and be intentional about health equity and community
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