Study to Explore Public Health Professionals Capacity to Improve Health Equity

All public health professionals (e.g. Program Director, Health Educator, Registered Nurse, Dietitian) are invited to participate in a confidential, voluntary research study.  The purpose of the study is to explore public health professionals capacity to improve health equity in urban and rural South Dakota. Of interest for this study is to understand how proficiency of health equity skills differ among public health settings, organizational culture and leadership, and educational attainment. Health equity skills include areas within public health and reflect core competencies for public health professionals.  Strong evidence linking health to social determinants and the differences in health status are increasingly aligned with the places where people live, work, and play. This assessment will inform targeted training in health equity and the social determinants of health, as well as workforce development.

If you are a public health professional and interested in participating, we would like you to:

  • Click Here to access an online survey as part of this study.
  • Once you enter the survey, you will answer four questions to assess your eligibility to participate in the study, including Age, Language, Qualification as a Public Health Professional, and Practice in South Dakota.
  • If you are eligible to complete the survey, you will click to access the study consent form.
  • If you consent to participate in the study, you will click next to access the survey.
  • The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.
  • If you choose not to participate, you do not need to do anything else.

This study is considered low risk for participants, including psychological and economic. The study hopes to benefit others in the future from what we learn because of this study. Eligible participants who complete the survey and provide contact information will be entered into a drawing for one of two $40 gift cards to Amazon. Winners will be chosen when the survey closes.

If you have any questions, concerns, or complaints now or later, you may contact DenYelle Baete Kenyon, PhD, Principal Investigator or Sandra Melstad, MPH, Student Investigator at 605.357.1323