[Pophealth] Minutes from 4-21-09 PHF meeting, next meeting May 12,
5:30, and April 28 meeting cancelled
sabez at u.washington.edu
Sun Apr 26 07:10:25 PDT 2009
Since the scheduled meeting on April 21 happened (and was very
productive), the meeting I scheduled for Tuesday April 28 is cancelled
and the next one will be May 12.
Present: Sid, Alex, Andy, & Victoria
I. Vickie and Andy gave a report about the recent Unnatural Causes
screening in Federal Way.
II. Andy discussed the PHF constitution. Selamawit recently
contacted the Student Activities Office about registering the PHF as
Registered Student Organization(SRO). The benefits of being an SRO
include copying resources, meeting room resources and funding
opportunities. As an SRO the PHF is required to have an
organizational constitution and the constitution must include certain
provisions (eg, the majority of the organization's members must be
students of the university, only student members are allowed voting
privileges). We have a constitution on file. Selamawit e-mailed a
copy of it to some and it is attached to these minutes for reference.
There was discussion as to whether the constitution lines up with
PHF's goals and current structure. Andy found examples of consensus
based constitutions and drafted a proposed PHF constitution. A copy
of the draft constitution is also attached to the minutes. Members
are encouraged to review the constitutions and be prepared to discuss
and ask questions about them at the next meeting.
III. The next issue addressed were concerns about the current
structure and purpose of current PHF meetings. It was suggested that
PHF meetings be more event-style or be about specific topics. The
purpose of doing so would be to attract new members and others in the
university and community to come and hear or see what PHF is doing
(and about). The members brainstormed ideas of what the events/topics
could be. Some ideas were: advertising and hosting a board game
night/evening to play the social determinants of health game; having a
Population Health Olympics where each person is a country but they are
limited in some way before each event according to their assigned
country's health status (eg, blindfolding someone for an event, adding
a weighted backpack, tying their legs together); organizing a
Population Health Derby (eg, What makes your horse a winner?); hosting
screenings of the shorter Unnatural Causes segments and targeting
groups/people who may be interested in those segments (eg, the second
segment is about low birth weight in the US so perhaps Maternal and
Child Health students would be interested in viewing and discussing
that segment). If PHF used its regular meeting times for events and
topics then maybe the active members could meet before or after the
event/topic meeting for organizational business, or there could be a
second meeting date for business matters, or we could create different
committees (Event Committee, Community Outreach Committee, Recruitment
Committee, Speakers Bureau, etc.) to report back on individual
committee activities at the business meetings.
IV. Other issues discussed. Continuing to develop a speaking points
bank. Jon created a google document for developing speaking points
and counter-points. Collaboration issues - should we start
collaborating with other student organizations with regards to
Unnatural Causes screenings. Survey Monkey - there was an idea of
putting together a survey for the PHF listserv regarding the role and
utilization of PHF.
Issues for the next meeting agenda:
- the PHF constitution
- revamping the PHF meetings to include topic or event sessions as a
way to attract new members and/or engage others in the university,
- any others?
Next meeting: May 12, 2009, 5:30 pm, H670
Thanks to Andy for the minutes, and all present for new ideas that
weren't constrained by my presence.
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