Audrey is the Family Health Services Division Director of the Salt Lake Valley Health Department (SLVHD).
In her interview, Audrey discusses the innovative ways that the SLVHD
has been forging collaborations to better provide for the needs of their
community. She talks about her passion for public health and for providing
services to her community. She also explains how CCPH has been helpful
in providing her with information she needs, I enjoy the newsletter.
It lets me know how others are facing and solving challenges and it shares
is the mission of your organization?
A: The Mission of the Salt Lake Valley Health Department is:
To Promote and Protect Community and Environmental Health
Quality: commitment to excellence with integrity and professionalism
Respect and Understanding: for the diversity of the community and our organization
Prevention: through innovation and education
Communication and Collaboration: with ourselves and the community
A: W\The Salt Lake Valley Health Department (SLVHD) has been innovative in forging collaborations to better provide for the needs of our community.
Currently the SLVHD has collaborations with the University of Utah Department of OB/GYN for the provision of prenatal care to low income women and women without healthcare coverage, the majority of which are Hispanic women. We also have collaboration with the University of Utah Department of Pediatrics for the provision of pediatric services for uninsured and low income families. The pediatric clinic also provides a residency training program for pediatric residents.
These services are provided at the South Main Public Health Center and provide "wrap around" public health services, including WIC, immunizations, Medicaid, public health nursing, etc. Residents training at South Main receive experience working with a variety of cultures and are provided an enriched experience in working with a public health focus.
The SLVHD also has a midwifery program that is in conjunction with the University of Utah College of Nursing. This program is housed at the Ellis Shipp Public Health Center. Women are served on a sliding fee schedule and are able to receive the wrap around public health services at the same location that they receive prenatal and women's health services.
The geographic locations of the two clinics are in different areas of the valley. In addition to the two clinics mentioned, the SLVHD has 4 other offices providing public health services.
A: I have worked at the SLVHD for the past 18 years. The majority of my career was in direct services. I worked as a Nurse Practitioner providing health care services at the clinic level. I love public health and enjoy working with other community agencies to provide services to the members of the community.
As a county health department, our community includes over 1,000,000
individuals. It has been a challenge continuing to provide high levels
of public health services as resources dwindle. The staff of the SLVHD
is committed to providing the highest quality public health services to
the community. It is an honor to work with so many tremendous public health
professionals. The most rewarding aspect of my job is participating in
the provision of services that benefit the community in so many ways.
A: We are in the process of building a new public health center. The new building will house the medical collaborations we have for obstetrics and pediatrics, as well as the public health services mentioned above. Dr. Karen Buchi, the Medical Director of the South Main clinical collaboration, has been working with the Teen Mother and Child program at possibly integrating into the clinical collaboration at the South Main Clinic.
My hope is that this and other collaborations can be forged in an effort
to continue to improve access to needed public health and clinical services.
A: I have been fortunate to work with visionary leaders in both the public health and medical community. The professional relationships fostered with the University of Utah Department of Pediatrics and OB-GYN has been integral in the success of the collaborations. Tireless work on the part of Dr. Buchi who constantly champions the cause of the clinic through the writing of grants and other fund raising efforts has been a vital part of the success. Having visionary leaders within the SLVHD that educate policy makers and others about the value to the community of supporting these types of collaborations has also been key to the continued success of this collaboration. Last, the employees at the South Main Clinic are the heart and soul of the collaboration. They are directly responsible for providing the excellent patient care.
Forging trusting relationships with community partners, being willing
to take risks and keeping the needs of the community always in the forefront
are the most valuable tools for success.
A: Adequate resources to keep
programs running is always a challenge. We are constantly seeking new
and innovative ways to reduce the costs of programs and keep costs to
A: Clinical collaborations between public health and
medical providers are an effective way of providing low cost, effective
services. With the emphasis on public health, this is an excellent way
of providing enhanced services to the community. Therefore, funding streams
should be directed at these types of collaborations.
A: Dr. Buchi was instrumental
in my joining CCPH. CCPH is an excellent resource for community and health
partnerships like ours. In addition, CCPH has provided excellent tools
and expertise in guiding our collaboration.
A: It means a partnership between academics and the community.
A: CCPH is a national resource for collaborations between academics and community agencies. CCPH remains on the cutting edge in the provision of training and networking. CCPH is dedicated to providing for the success of such partnerships as ours. I enjoy the newsletter. It lets me know how others are facing and solving challenges and it shares best practices.
A: My biggest work challenge is initiating change. With
a large workforce, change is sometimes difficult to implement. I have
found that keeping communication lines open and involving workers at all
levels assists the transition.
A: I have worked in academics, medicine and public health. I feel that I have an understanding of all three realms. I have also been in a leadership role for several years and feel that I have knowledge and ability that I can share with colleagues.
A: I have so much to continue to learn. I love my job and find tremendous satisfaction in providing public health services to the community.
Audrey M. Stevenson MSN, FNP,