180305 Using the Bright Futures for Women's Health and Wellness' (BFWHW) physical activity and healthy eating tools to initiate clinical conversations: An evaluation in six clinical settings

Tuesday, October 28, 2008: 5:30 PM

Namratha Swamy, PhD , Altarum Institute, Washington, DC, DC
Laura Sternesky McGovern, MPA , Altarum Institute, Washington, DC
Sabrina Matoff-Stepp, PhD , Office of Women's Health, HHS Health Resources and Services Administration, Rockville, MD
Deborah Maiese, MPA , Self-Employed, Arlington, VA
Sally Holthouse, BS , Altarum Institute, Washington, DC
Rebecca Ledsky, MBA , Center for Social Marketing and Behavior Change, Academy for Educational Development, Washington, DC
Amanda Cash, PhD , Office of Women's Health, HHS Health Resources and Services Administration, Rockville, MD
Background. The HHS Health Resources and Services Administration's BFWHW Initiative develops materials for women and adolescent girls, primary care providers, and communities to support preventive health topics. BFWHW physical activity and healthy eating consumer tools facilitate a patient-provider discussion. Patients first answer questions about their current physical activity and nutrition behaviors, and create questions for their providers. Providers review patients' questions and answers, discuss BMI, make recommendations, and facilitate patient goal setting.

An evaluation of the implementation and intermediate outcomes associated with use of BFWHW physical activity and healthy eating materials is underway. The evaluation is occurring across the U.S. in a school based health clinic, faith based organization health program, workplace health unit, American Indian diabetes program, and rural and urban health centers.

Method. Post-intervention surveys assess patient attitudes, self-efficacy, and intentions toward physical activity and nutrition behavior change and health locus of control. For providers, and site administrators, questions focus on using the tools in clinical practice. Data collection will end May 2008.

Results. Preliminary data suggest participating providers use the tools and are able to integrate them in the clinic setting. Initial assessment findings suggest some patients intend to form short-term intentions to make behavior changes to improve their health. Feedback from patient respondents suggests the tools are well liked.

Conclusion. BFWHW physical activity and healthy eating tools may support women and their providers in clinical conversations around physical activity and healthy eating.

Learning Objectives:
At the end of the session the learner will be able to: 1. Identify how the BFWHW tools were used in each of the six clinical settings 2. Understand the intermediate outcomes that were associated with tool use and how they differed by clinical setting 3. Describe provider and administrator views about the BFWHW tools and their utility.

Keywords: Adolescent Health, Women's Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Project Director for this work.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.