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Strategic Plan for Public Health

Context For Planning

The Department of Public Health was created in the Fall of 2013. At that time there was one program in the department (MPH). In July 2015 the GVSU BOT approved a MS in Clinical Dietetics which is also housed in the Department and that program was later moved out (2017). As of Fall 2017 seven faculty exist in the department. The long term plans for this Department include include the development and implementation of of a DrPH in the coming years. Due to the current and predicted growth, the department's focus on curriculum development, innovative methods of course delivery, student and faculty engagement, diverse faculty,staff, and student recruitment, and increasing the visibility of the departments, its programs and its faculty, staff, and students are a priority.

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

2017 Status
Achieved
100% of students are participating in high-impact learning experiences in line with our CEPH accreditation standards.

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

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
Total of 12 students recruited for the Fall 2017 cohort with a self-reported non-white status and two faculty members.

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 bi-annually based on CEPH accreditation requirements.

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

2017 Status
Achieved
Stakeholders were identified and requested for participation on the advisory board. Two meetings held in 2017 (February 2017 and August 2017).

Objective 1.C.2

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

Baseline

Currently we have approximately 100 practicum placement organizations.

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

2017 Status
Substantial Progress
16 new practicum sites were established in 2017.

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.

2017 Status
Substantial Progress
Public Health is in progress toward self-study completion with site review on 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

2017 Status
Substantial Progress
All PH have reported attendance in four university sponsored faculty development events in 2017. Met and exceeded this requirement.

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.

2017 Status
Achieved
All public health faculty have completed training.

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 Public Health Minor and/or DrPH

Baseline

Prepared Public Health Minor and submitted. Initial DrPH curriculum written and is holding.

Progress

2016 Status
Substantive Progress
This process has not progressed per advice from university leadership

2017 Status
Substantial Progress
Public Health minor is written and has been updated to align with university goals. Awaiting CCC and UCC approval.

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.

2017 Status
Substantial Progress
PH 660 course - Public Health in the Global Setting written and going through the university curricular approval process. Service Learning study abroad program to Ikaria, Greece planned for May 2018 with eight PH and OST students.

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.

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
Continued discussions at the graduate level and with the statistical support center and writing center.

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 (receiving a 2 or 3) in their final preceptor evaluation of practicum.

Baseline

85% for self-selection of practicum and preceptor ranking of a 2 or 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

2017 Status
Substantial Progress
All public health students meeting programmatic requirements and compliance are placed in practicum sites. All public health students in 2017 received the 2 or 3 ranking from their preceptor final evaluation.

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.

Progress

2016 Status
Minimal Progress
Tracking form created and will begin implementation in Winter 2017 with CD and PH faculty Shared via email and departmental/faculty meeting

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
Tracking of this process from faculty advisors.

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