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Strategic Plan for Public Health

Mission

To transform students into public health leaders through application of practice-based skills.


Vision

Advancing health by empowering future leaders, enhancing preventive practices, and promoting social justice.

Value Statement


community engagement
interprofessional practice
professional and ethical behavior
cultural humility and inclusiveness
excellence in teaching, scholarship, and practice

Strategic Priorities, outcomes, and key objectives

Strategic Priority Area 1: Actively engage learners at all levels.

Outcome A: Grand Valley's learning environment is personal, challenging, and transformational, supporting excellent academic programs and co-curricular opportunities.

Objective 1.A.1

95% of graduate students participate in two or more high-impact learning experiences.

Baseline

90% of graduate student participate in two or more high-impact learning experiences.

Progress

2016 Status
Substantial Progress
Students in the Clinical Dietetics program are meeting and exceeding this objective. Students in the Public Health program are meeting and exceeding this objective. Examples include: Art Prize Project in PH 500 and Social Determinants of Health in the Community project in PH 505

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 1.B.1

Increase diversity of faculty, students, and staff to 15%

Baseline

In the department, 5% of our students, faculty, and staff are from under-represented groups

Progress

2016 Status
Minimal Progress
Clinical Dietetics hired (2) new faculty members in 2016 - neither fit the objective of increasing diversity among the faculty. Clinical Dietetics student diversity numbers are Public Health did not hire any new faculty in 2016. Public Health student diversity numbers are 22 identified out of current 112 students

Outcome C: Grand Valley has mutually beneficial relationships, partnerships, collaborations, and connections with local, state, national, and world communities.

Objective 1.C.1

The department will develop and implement an advisory board made up of preceptors, community leaders, and alumni. Meeting will be held once every year.

Baseline

Not currently in existence

Progress

2016 Status
Substantive Progress
Clinical Dietetics - stakeholders are established Public Health - has established an Advisory Board membership of twelve community stakeholders, current and alumni students and faculty; meetings to be held in February and August 2017 and will be held bi-annually to meet CEPH accreditation requirements

Objective 1.C.2

To increase community partnerships and collaborations in practicums and supervised practice by 5%.

Baseline

Currently we have approximately 100 community practice venues.

Progress

2016 Status
Substantive Progress
Clinical Dietetics - clinical coordinator hired in Fall 2016 to establish partnerships Public Health - Increasing partnerships each semester and tracked by a spreadsheet with the practicum coordinator

Strategic Priority Area 2: Further develop exceptional personnel.

Outcome A: Grand Valley's learning environment is personal, challenging, and transformational, supporting excellent academic programs and co-curricular opportunities.

Objective 2.A.1

100% percent of programs will achieve accreditation (if available).

Baseline

Zero

Progress

2016 Status
Substantive Progress
Clinical Dietetics went through it's self study and site visit in 2016 with a positive outcome through Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Public Health submitted an application for accreditation consideration to the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) in April 2016 and was approved in June 2016. Now the program is in the self-study process through December 2018. Scheduled site visit for December 2 & 3, 2018.

Outcome D: Grand Valley supports innovative teaching, learning, integrative scholarly and creative activity, and the use of new technologies.

Objective 2.D.1

All faculty will attend four University sponsored faculty development events per year.

Baseline

No current baseline

Progress

2016 Status
Achieved
Clinical Dietetics - in progress with their new faculty Public Health - met and exceeded this requirement. Measurement taken from CHP Annual Review documents

Objective 2.D.2

One hundred percent of CHP faculty will complete the university endorsement to teach hybrid or online courses and continue to stay up-to-date in technology advancements to enhance teaching.

Baseline

All faculty have taken the certification for on-line teaching 50% have taken additional offerings in technology

Progress

2016 Status
Achieved
All Clinical Dietetics and Public Health Faculty have completed successfully the online training requirements for GVSU.

Strategic Priority Area 3: Ensure the alignment of institutional structures and functions.

Outcome A: Grand Valley's learning environment is personal, challenging, and transformational, supporting excellent academic programs and co-curricular opportunities.

Objective 3.A.1

To increase academic offerings in the community per University approval: submit DrPH prospectus

Baseline

Prepared but not yet submitted.

Objective 3.A.2

Collaborate with Occupational Therapy program to offer a high impact, service learning international experience, for an interdisciplinary student and faculty group focused on strengths from each discipline including aging in place (OT) and health education and promotion (PH) respectively.

Baseline

Creation of the proposal for the Padnos International Center for review and approval in Winter 2017.

Progress

2016 Status
Minimal Progress
Public Health and Occupational Therapy have received departmental approval to move this collaboration forward in 2017-18.

Outcome E: Grand Valley strategically allocates its fiscal, human, and other institutional resources.

Objective 3.E.1

Advocate for resources that would provide higher level writing and qualitative statistical analysis assistance to our graduate students at CHS on a weekly basis.

Baseline

Not available at present

Progress

2016 Status
Minimal Progress
In progress.

Strategic Priority Area 4: Enhance the institution's image and reputation.

Outcome A: Grand Valley's learning environment is personal, challenging, and transformational, supporting excellent academic programs and co-curricular opportunities.

Objective 4.A.1

In collaboration with a community partner, 90% of the students will self-select their practicum site based on personal interest, and be highly valued by the preceptor (3/3) (final evaluation of practicum experience).

Baseline

85% for self-selection of practicum and preceptor ranking of a 3/3.

Progress

2016 Status
Substantial Progress
Clinical Dietetics - all students meeting requirements are placed in clinical sites Public Health - all students meeting requirements are placed in practicum sites

Objective 4.A.2

90% of the students will access community and professional co-curricular opportunities while in the program i.e. professional meetings and clubs, community presentations and volunteer work.

Baseline

50%of the students currently access co-curricular opportunities.

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