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3/14/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Summit County team participates in public health leadership program

SUMMIT COUNTY — A Summit County team has been selected to participate in the National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health (NLAPH) program, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

NLAPH is a national program focused on improving population health by working with multi-sector leadership teams and training the teams through an applied, team-based collaborative leadership development model. The program is implemented by the Center for Health Leadership and Practice (CHLP), a center of the Public Health Institute, and will provide training and support for a period of one year.

“This program will impart population health teams with the skills to lead across sectors and collaboratively solve complex population health problems in innovative ways,” said Dr. Carmen Rita Nevarez, vice president for external relations and CHLP’s Director. “These are the types of leaders who will ultimately be able to drive critical efforts, such as the adoption of evidence-based policies and practices at the community level, which can have a tangible impact on health outcomes.”

The team will work on an applied health leadership project that tackles emergency preparedness planning within the public health arena. The team’s project will explore medication delivery options for Summit County residents during a public health emergency.

The team assembled to undertake this planning includes: Kristi Kato, Summit County Public Health; David Jones, Summit County Educational Service Center; Carly Lange, Summit County Emergency Management Agency; and Capt. Michael Prebonick, Akron Police Department.

NLAPH will provide training and support to assist the team in successfully addressing public health emergency preparedness planning. Training and support will focus on two tracks: development of leadership skills, including personal and collaborative leadership in a multi-sector environment, and emphasizing growth from team-based collaborative work to policy and systems change.

NLAPH is provided at no cost to the participants or the community, according to the organization.


Coordinated care goal of new clinic for expectant parents

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Akron Children’s Hospital’s Fetal Treatment Center now offers a clinic day.

The clinic is for parents-to-be who learn their unborn child has a genetic condition or birth defect and will need immediate intervention after birth and/or the care of multiple pediatric specialists.

“Our goal with this clinic is to bring the family to the hospital for a day of evaluation, diagnostic tests and consultation with all the specialists who will be involved in their child’s delivery and care,” said Dr. Melissa Mancuso, a high-risk obstetrician in Akron Children’s Maternal Fetal Medicine Center. “It’s helpful for the doctors to get together to discuss the case and very reassuring for expectant parents to meet their team and learn about the plan for the rest of their pregnancy, birth and beyond.”

The day typically begins with a medical exam and diagnostic tests, such as MRIs and ultrasounds, for the mother-to-be. Following a tour of Akron Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and lunch, the parents will meet with their high-risk obstetrician and a neonatologist. Depending on the medical issue, the team might also include a pediatric cardiologist, neurologist, neurosurgeon, pediatric surgeon, palliative care physician, clinical geneticist, radiologist or other specialists.  

Akron Children’s Maternal Fetal Medicine Center is staffed by four board-certified perinatologists, a nurse practitioner, case manager and lactation consultant.

According to hospital officials, Akron Children’s has one of the few regional genetics centers in the state and is the only facility in the region to offer the prenatal test chorionic villus sampling.

For more information, call 330-543-8295.


Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.

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