New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH)

Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Control

The bureau seeks to reduce the burden of chronic diseases – heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and respiratory diseases – affecting the city’s residents. Michele partnered with the bureau’s Asthma Training Institute (ATI) to assist in the revision of a 12-hour, three-session asthma self-management training initiative for providers from New York City health and social service agencies. This work encompassed:

• Observing asthma and chronic disease self-management training sessions
• Curriculum development recommendations and revision
• Creating facilitator and participant guides and a facilitator handbook
• Research to inform curriculum content and development
• Adapting the curriculum for training across chronic diseases

Chronic Disease Training Institute (CDTI)
The institute functions as the vehicle for developing and implementing training consistent with the vision of the bureau regarding chronic disease prevention and control in New York City, and provides bureau-wide leadership in training on chronic disease prevention and management. Michele assisted the CDTI director of training in the development and facilitation of new hire orientation sessions.

Office of School Health (OSH)
OSH is a joint program of the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and DOHMH that provides health services and preventive services to DOE students. Michele assisted in the development of training curricula for the NYC Assist Program, designed to help identify asthma in children living at homeless shelters. This work involved observing and conducting focus groups with school nurses and supervisors and DOE transitional housing liaisons and developing skills-based training curricula for nurses.

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