238434 Assess and monitor community needs and readiness to implement policy, systems and environmental change strategies

Sunday, October 30, 2011: 10:45 AM

Shannon Griffin-Blake, PhD , Division of Adult and Community Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Aisha Penson, MEd, CHES , Division of Adult and Community Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Northrop Grumman, Atlanta, GA
The purpose of this presentation is to discuss the importance of assessing and monitoring current policy, systems, and environmental change strategies employed at the local-level. Participants will learn about and receive a copy of CDC's Community Health Assessment aNd Group Evaluation (CHANGE) Action Guide, a step-by-step manual for conducting CDC's community assessment tool. In addition, participants will have an opportunity to work in small groups to develop a plan to identify and prioritize community needs for inclusion in a Community Action Plan.

Learning Areas:
Chronic disease management and prevention
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning
Public health or related research
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Explain the importance of using a data-driven process to document and prioritize community needs. Discuss the CDCís Community Health Assessment aNd Group Evaluation (CHANGE) Action Guideís background and utility for appraising policy, systems and environmental changes. Analyze CHANGE's ability to track current policy, systems, and environmental changes on an annual basis. Formulate a plan to assess and monitor policy, systems, and environmental change strategies across a multi-year project period.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I serve as the Team Lead for Program Services and Evaluation within the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionís (CDC) Healthy Communities Program. I both coordinate and direct community-based as well as US state and territory efforts focused on creating healthy communities through sustainable, innovative, and evidence-based community health promotion and chronic disease prevention programs that promote policy, systems, and environmental changes and lead the national evaluation strategy across all CDCís Healthy Communities Program funded communities, states, and national partners. In my current CDC role as a lead health scientist, I oversee programmatic and evaluation efforts in the areas of diabetes, obesity, asthma, cardiovascular disease and their underlying risk factors in high-risk populations and underserved communities. Finally, I have spoken at both national and international conferences regarding community mobilization, partnership development, assessment and evaluation, and community planning.
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.