The College of Health & Human Services
The College of Health & Human Services (CHHS) is a premier teaching institution at Long Beach State University, boasting 11 distinct departments and schools that offer 13 undergraduate and 17 graduate programs. Under the leadership of Dean Monica Lounsbery, CHHS works with community partners and faculty to build the infrastructure needed to promote interdisciplinary education and pioneering research that can tackle pressing problems within our community.
It is through these types of partnerships that CHHS hopes to bring together faculty and valuable community members to improve health disparities, reduce the prevalence of homelessness, meet the needs of older adults and improve clinical service and prevention practices in our surrounding communities.
Through our partnerships, the college hopes to draw together faculty and valuable community members with the common goal of optimizing our collective impact to improve health disparities, reduce the prevalence of homelessess, meet the comprehensive needs of older adults, and improve clinical service and prevention practices in our surrounding communities.
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Aging is a global phenomenon that poses both challenges and opportunities for creative solutions and collaborations. Some of the issues facing aging societies everywhere are diverse needs and rapid growth in the context of limited resources, various sources of vulnerability, and a limited workforce to promote healthy and engaged aging. In this talk, we will highlight several of the collaborative efforts between LBSU College of Health & Human Services and community partners to develop sustainable partnerships and solutions to respond to an aging society.
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With over 1760 community partner affiliation agreements, CHHS faculty and students have a substantial and systemic footprint in our community. These agreements are initiated at the individual faculty and program levels within schools and departments and therefore, span many areas of focus and functions and are largely aimed at providing students with an experiential and transformational education. In many instances, different faculty and programs have affiliation with the same community partner, yet multi-disciplinary student experiences and sustained focused research and scholarly activities have not been realized. Additionally, the direction of the California State University system and our University campus, signals a need to foster interdisciplinary education and research and the expansion of new and existing community partnerships.
Hence, during the 2016-2017 academic year, CHHS began exploring ways in which faculty may have interest in working more closely together with our community partners to better optimize talent, time, and resources and to realize greater impact on our students and the communities we serve. We began this work by conceptualizing an event in which our primary purpose would be to provide the very large and very diverse CHHS faculty an opportunity to convene and intellectually engage with one another and with our community partners to have a common experience – all as prelude to a strategic planning.
The intellectual engagement with one another and with our community partners took on the form of a roundtable discussion event – Optimizing Collective Impact: Innovations in University and Community Partnerships. To ensure the event was wellplanned and resulted in meaningful outcomes for everyone, we assembled a planning team comprised of leaders from the College and from our community.
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