Putting Public Health Evidence in Action – Training Description

Putting Public Health Evidence in Action Detailed Training Description

This highly interactive workshop will teach community program planners and health educators about tools for planning and evaluating community health intervention strategies. It will cover how to define evidence-based programs, policies or strategies (PPS); and locate, select, and adapt evidence-based programs, policies or other strategies for chronic disease or cancer prevention and control.  The workshop defines what evidence is and presents where to find evidence-based strategies through web resources such as the Community Guide to Preventive Services and Research Tested Intervention Programs (RTIPs).  It then introduces how to select, adapt, and evaluate interventions.  The workshop also includes case studies and exercises that provide hands-on applications for selecting, adapting, and planning an evidence-based intervention.

Benefits of the workshop include improved knowledge and skills for intervention planning and finding and implementing public health strategies that work to address your topic areas of interest. Program resources covered in this training also may save you time in developing materials.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss what “evidence” means
  2. Locate resources and use methods for collecting community assessment data
  3. Learn how to use needs assessment data to develop goals and objectives
  4. Know where to find resources that are evidence-based
  5. Assess the fit of the organization to the potential strategies
  6. Discuss the balance between fidelity and adaptation
  7. Describe steps in the adaptation process
  8. Discuss important factors or tasks in each phase of implementation (pre-implementation, implementation, maintenance)
  9. Know how to use different evaluation methods for evidence-based programs, policies or other strategies

The training is comprised of seven modules with interactive activities and is intended for public health practitioners, state and local health department staff, health educators, healthcare providers, community advocates, academic/research faculty and staff, faith-based leaders, and other members of community-based organizations.