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New Evidence-Based Public Health Training Series Now Available

NWCPHP's new Evidence-Based Public Health training series is now available. The series includes three webinars and one two-day training, and offers practitioners a strategic approach for designing and evaluating programs and policies.
New Evidence-Based Public Health Training Series Now Available

Instructor Sheryl Schwartz (left) leads a community assessment activity.

Please note: This training series has been superceded by a new, online Evidence-Based Public Health training series, published in 2017. The below article is left for historical reference.

NWCPHP’s new Evidence-Based Public Health training series is now available. The series includes three webinars and one two-day training, and offers practitioners a strategic approach for designing and evaluating programs and policies.

June 5, 2013

Imagine this scenario. Your health department has limited funds and must decide to promote screening for either colon cancer or prostate cancer. It is your job to consider the options and present a decision to the board.

You know the community has more new cases of prostate cancer, but that colon cancer has a higher death rate. On one hand, the screening method for colon cancer is better at detecting positive results, and the treatment is relatively effective. On the other hand, the screening method for prostate cancer yields many false positive results, which could lead to unnecessary treatment. Although prostate cancer screening is hotly debated among clinicians, several advocacy groups are promoting it on the local radio station.

These are just a few of the factors you must consider before presenting to the board. How will you prioritize these and other important criteria?

NWCPHP’s new Evidence-Based Public Health training series can help. The series includes three webinars and one two-day training. Together, they provide public health practitioners with a framework to weigh scientific evidence, funding options, politics, and short-term demands when developing and evaluating programs and policies.

NWCPHP Associate Director, Luann D’Ambrosio, MEd, helped adapt the curriculum from a national model. She explains its benefits, “Public health leaders and managers have to make tough decisions. This new training series gives them a strategic approach for that process.”

The three webinars: Introduction to Evidence-Based Public Health, Searching and Summarizing the Literature, and Calculating Return on Investment are available online at no cost.

Costs vary for the two-day, in-person training. The training covers the following topics: community health assessments, quantifying public health issues, developing issue statements, prioritizing options, developing action plans, and evaluating programs and policies. The training is designed for employees who are new to public health or who are taking on a new role in their organization. The training can also benefit those who want a "refresher" on how to apply a systematic framework to their work.

Contact Luann D'Ambrosio for more information or to learn how to bring this training series to your area.

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