The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA

The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA

3205.0: Monday, November 17, 2003 - Board 8

Abstract #68137

A framework to improve capacity of injury prevention programs in American Indian and Alaska Native communities

Carolyn E. Crump, PhD1, Margaret Cannon, MPH2, and Robert J. Letourneau, MPH2. (1) Department of Health Behavior & Health Education, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, CB#7506, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7506, 919-966-5598,, (2) Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, CB#7506, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7506

This presentation describes the conceptual framework guiding capacity building activities for injury prevention (IP) programs serving American Indian/Alaska Native communities. Faculty/staff at The University of North Carolina (UNC) are providing technical assistance (TA) and monitoring services for the Indian Health Service (IHS) Tribal Injury Prevention Cooperative Agreements Program (TIPCAP). The monitoring and TA activities include conference calls, site visits, review of progress reports, project newsletters, and annual training workshops. UNC faculty/staff are assessing progress and tailoring TA to sites based on best practices across five dimensions: 1) intervention effectiveness (e.g., approaches, settings, target audience, collaborating partners, and evaluation); 2) program management (e.g., coalitions, data collection, marketing/advocacy, progress reporting, coordinator training/experience); 3) program support (e.g., training, support provided from internal/external entities); 4) perceptions of skills (e.g., ability to plan, implement, and evaluate programs); and 5) contextual factors (e.g., infrastructure, setting, communities/Tribes served). Variables and sub-variables for each of the dimensions were identified based on public health best practices, effective injury prevention interventions, and capacity building literature. The framework facilitates delivery of tailored TA from UNC team members, the provision of consistent reinforcement and recommendations from UNC/project officers, and the development of program tools (e.g., project reporting templates, planning/evaluation worksheets, seatbelt observational protocol). Limitations of the framework (e.g., time to develop) will be discussed. Implications for using similar frameworks to organize and provide clear, consistent, and comprehensive support to local injury prevention programs will be discussed to assist other public health program monitors in providing tailored monitoring and technical assistance services.

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Keywords: Evaluation, Injury Prevention

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I have a significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.
Relationship: Authors are funded by the Indian Health Service to design conceptual framework for the 25 tribes described in presentation.

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The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA