Champion Provider Fellowship
A Powerful Approach to Healthier Communities
What it IS:
· Project to engage, train, and support doctors and dentists in championing changes that improve health outcomes for the entire community
· Focus on policy, systems and environmental changes
· Passionate volunteer doctors and dentists who represent themselves as community champions
What it IS NOT:
· Improving on one-on-one patient level care
· Promoting individual behavior change
· Doctors and dentists contracted to represent the Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Branch (NEOPB) of the California Department of Public Health
California is experiencing an epidemic of obesity, leading to costly chronic diseases that include diabetes, stroke, and heart disease, with low-income, underserved communities disproportionately affected. The Champion Provider Fellowship harnesses the passion of health care providers who are dedicated to improving the health of their communities and realize that most health decisions are made outside of a clinic setting. The California Department of Public Health and the University of California, San Francisco, launched the program in 2014 to empower, train and support healthcare providers to use their expertise and respected voices to improve the health of communities though local policy, systems and environmental change.
The Champion Provider Fellowship is a project of the California Department of Public Health, Nutrition Education Obesity Prevention (NEOP) Branch. It is operated by the University of California San Francisco, Center for Vulnerable Populations If you have questions please contact Jake Hanson at Jake.Hanson@cdph.ca.gov
How Does the Champion Provider Fellowship Work?
The Champion Provider Fellowship provides training and education on a wide variety of health care subjects, including the socio-ecological model of prevention, food insecurity, healthy retail, crafting compelling messages, working with the media and writing for change. Providers are connected with their local health department to work collaboratively with community change leaders, community-based organizations, schools, faith-based organizations and others to find local solutions to obesity and related chronic diseases. In addition, there is ongoing technical assistance and support for providers and facilitation of a supportive network of like-minded physicians and dentists committed to improving health in their communities.