Improving Women’s Health in Constanta, Romania
Rob Steiner, MD, PhD, Professor in the Department of Health Management and Systems Sciences, led the formation of a collaborative partnership between UofL, The Humana Foundation and the Jefferson County Health Department in 1998 to submit a grant application, in conjunction with U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), to improve women’s health in Constanta, Romania. The American International Health Alliance awarded the competitive grant to this partnership and Dr. Steiner was named as Project Director. The purpose of the grant was to implement health promotion and social marketing methods in a formal Healthy Communities model to improve the health and quality of life of women in Constanta. Domestic violence was selected by the women of Constanta as their most important social health issue. The Constanta Community Foundation began a new Office for Women in Constanta that began responding to domestic violence cases in 2000.
The Constanta Community Foundation is now celebrating 10 years of continual service to women in Romanian communities. The original Romanian team provided a commemorative medallion to Dr. Steiner on Nov.16, 2010. Sustainable change in community organizations with continuing services to benefit others is the hallmark of success in the Healthy Communities model. Dr. Steiner teaches about the Healthy Communities approach to improving population health through community engagement in the course PHMS 607: Managing Healthy Communities: Collaborating for Success.
For more information on the program, see:
http://www.aiha.com/_content/3_What We Do/Archives/HealthcarePartnerships/ConstantaLouisville.asp