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Impact of a violence prevention training program for practitioners

Carol W. Runyan, PhD1, Sandra L. Martin, PhD2, Karl Umble, PhD, MPH3, Kristen Sullivan, MBA, MSW1, Emily Johnson, MPH1, and Kimberley Freire, MPH1. (1) Injury Prevention Research Center and Dept. of Health Behavior and Health Education, Univ. of North Carolina, 137 East Franklin Street, Suite 500, Campus Box 7505, Chapel HIll, NC 27599-7505, 919-966-3916, carol_runyan@unc.edu, (2) Department of Maternal and Child Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 403 Rosenau Hall, CB# 7445, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7445, (3) NC Institute for Public Health, UNC School of Public Health, Campus Box 8165, Chapel Hill, NC 27599

Background: The PREVENT (Preventing Violence Through Education, Networking and Technical Assistance) Program promotes community-based primary prevention of violence through application of evidence-based approaches to intimate partner violence, sexual violence, youth violence, child maltreatment and suicide.

Development: Based on careful needs assessment, format includes face to face training coupled with 3-6 months of coaching about an action learning project.

Implementation: Training includes fundamentals of a public health approach, program planning and evaluation. Institute participants are required to have organizational support and leadership experience.

Evaluation: During 2005, 50 workshop and 34 Institute participants completed both a pre-training survey and follow-up at six months post. In addition, final reports documented each team's activities. Institute participants reported statistically significant increases in their involvement and skills in primary prevention work and the success of their primary prevention efforts. In addition, respondents indicated feeling better prepared to secure funding for primary prevention and to use evidence. Those who attended the less intense workshops also indicated increased skills in using evidence to do primary prevention. However, they indicated time constraints in focusing on primary prevention and ambivalence about collaborating with other organizations. Reviews of final reports indicate that participants have used many concepts addressed in the training program. The program is having positive effects on increasing acceptance and application of primary prevention approaches to violence. However, collaboration with other organizations and expansion into addressing new areas of violence pose challenges. Time 3 data will yield further evidence of program impact over a 12-15 month period.

Learning Objectives: As a result of this presentation, participants will be able to

Keywords: Training, Violence Prevention

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Any relevant financial relationships? No

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Injury and Violence Prevention Policy Development and Policy Implementation

The 134th Annual Meeting & Exposition (November 4-8, 2006) of APHA