Episode 22 of the More than Health Care: A Community Health Conversation podcast is now available on the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities’ website and on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and Spotify. Every other week, a new episode uncovers keys to collaboration and holistic health in pursuit of improved health outcomes and lower costs for all.
Officially, Latrice Rollins is the assistant director of evaluation at Morehouse School of Medicine’s Prevention Research Center and assistant professor at the college’s Community Health and Preventive Medicine Department. Unofficially, she is a champion for dads. Both personally and professionally, her focus is on leading the advancement of health equity for African American fathers.
“I saw that there were a lot of inequities in the ways that fathers were provided resources and in the ways that fathers were helped to meet their responsibilities as compared to mothers,” said Rollins. She felt this needed to be changed, not only by means of education but also through the social policies and procedures that often lead to fathers being left out of the parenting equation. “Whether the father is in the home or not, they have an impact, and they add value not only to the child but to their communities,” Rollins explains.
And progress is being made. Rollins is now working with Georgia's Maternal and Child Health Section in a fatherhood initiative that looks beyond the maternal connection. But as Rollins points out, long-term, positive change will mean that in addition to public policy modifications, educational institutions and community-based organizations that provide training must also adopt new approaches that include fathers. This means breaking down several long-held biases, some that involve challenging traditional programs and funding sources; however, the data fully supports the need for change.
Rollins believes that thinking more critically and identifying gaps and barriers faced by fathers will carry far-reaching benefits. With the right resources and tools, fathers, in addition to mothers, can provide better care to their children; physical and mental health for the entire family improves, and fewer ancillary resources are required. And while this change will be a long-term undertaking, there’s no doubt that Rollins will be both personally and professionally a catalyst for positive change.
Listen as Rollins champions the need to change social programs and policies to help fathers become more involved in the care and well-being of their children in Episode 22 of the More than Health Care Podcast available through the Alliance website or subscribe on the Apple Podcast, Google Play, or Spotify apps.
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While many are realizing that collaboration and holistic approaches are the solution, the health care and human services sectors are struggling to find the right formula to realize the full potential. The More than Health Care podcast is designed to help organizations overcome barriers to partnerships resulting from cultural differences, financial pressures, and rules and regulations.
In addition to showcasing inspiring examples of integration from across the country, featured experts will expose the myths, misconceptions, and shortcomings of efforts to address the social determinants of health through collaboration across sectors.
This podcast is presented by the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, Ascentria Care Alliance, and Beech Acres Parenting Center. Cohosts Jill Huynh, vice president of new business development at Beech Acres, and Tim Johnstone, executive vice president of community services at Ascentria, work at the intersection of health and human services, bringing the expertise and practical experience to uncover key takeaways for improving health care and human services integration.
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