Podcast #2: Community Equity Champions

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This is the second podcast in our Stepping Up: Health Equity in Rural Hospitals Podcast Series. Understand the importance and role of health equity champions within the community. Guests will guide listeners through the process of identifying, recruiting, and training rural health equity champions within their organizations and the community. By listening to this episode, the audience will be able to:

  • Identify those (potential internal and external partners) who can champion health equity efforts for the organization and community.
  • Recall tools and resources used to train champions in health equity leadership.

Podcast Guests

Headshot of Selena McCord

Selena McCord, MPH, Community Program Manager, Delta Region Community Health Systems Development (DRCHSD) Program, National Rural Health Resource Center

Selena McCord joined the National Rural Health Resource Center in June 2018. As a Community Program Manager with the Center’s Delta Region Community Health Systems Development Program, Selena is responsible for providing leadership and direction of community care coordination program goals.  This involves managing the delivery of technical assistance (TA) services to support participating healthcare organizations (HCOs) and their communities with adopting best practices to improve health outcomes.  One critical TA service encompasses the identification, onboarding, and training of the facilities’ Community Champion. The Champion is trained to serve as a community liaison and is essential to the foundation of care coordination planning and capacity building to sustain post-project gains. Prior to joining The Center, Selena worked with local and nationally recognized organizations to identify and address the needs of underserved and disaster-affected populations, to develop and implement training curricula and professional development workshops, and to recruit over 200 health workers from the Northern Gulf Coast region to serve as program participants.  Selena has a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Alabama with a concentration in Healthcare Management.


Jennifer Barbour, Director of Relations, Sparta Community Hospital

Jennifer Barbour is the Director of Relations at Sparta Community Hospital (SCH) in Sparta, Illinois, where she serves as the Community Champion for the Delta Region Community Health Systems Development Program. Jennifer has over 15 years of experience in healthcare and social services marketing, public relations, and outreach. In addition to working with the community to help identify and address community health needs, Jennifer leads employee engagement and medical student recruitment efforts at SCH. 


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