A Regional Approach to Strengthening Community Health
Two heads are better than one. The people behind the WNC Health Network took that sentiment to heart and applied the spirit of collaboration to their Community Health Needs Assessments to identify and solve health problems in their community.
Join Marian Arledge, MPH, and Erin Braasch, MPH, as they share how hospitals, health departments, and local leaders in their region come together to complete CHNAs, leading to the creation of tools, templates, and intuitive processes for sustaining collaboration.
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About the Presenters
Marian Arledge, MPH - Executive Director, WNC Health Network
Marian is the Executive Director of WNC Health Network, which works with the hospitals in our region to create healthy and thriving communities. Marian believes that communities are stronger when health systems work together. Marian worked to create WNC Healthy Impact as a local partner, which has now grown to a national model for health collaboration. Marian is an alumna of both the Jim Bernstein Community Health Leaders Fellowship and NC Public Health Leaders in Practice. Marian has an MPH from UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. She is a North Carolina native and lives in Asheville with her husband, dog, and son.
Erin Braasch, MPH, RN - Program Manager & Improvement Specialist, WNC Health Network
Erin Braasch is the Program Manager and Improvement Specialist for WNC Health Network. In this role, Erin supports hospital, public health and community partners with facilitation support, technical assistance on collaborative action planning, community engagement, training in Results-Based Accountability™ (RBA), and the development of performance measures. Erin is passionate about engaging the expertise of the people most affected by health issues into community conversations and decision-making.
Erin has been working in population health improvement for 20 years. She has experience with a diverse range of health topics including overweight & obesity, tobacco prevention & control, dental health, and behavioral health. She received her Master’s in Public Health from the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health in Public Health Leadership with a focus on program planning and evaluation. Erin also brings with her 5 years clinical nursing experience.