Adapting community based prevention marketing to a web-based learning platform for community coalition uptake: Lessons learned from design-to-development
Introduction: Community-based coalitions increasingly focus their energies on policy development to address wicked public health issues and make them more winnable. However, coalitions often lack ability to select, tailor, and advocate for evidence-based health policies. Due in part to cost-effectiveness and increased accessibility, Web-based learning has become more relied upon for education and training purposes and is valuable in reducing expertise deficiencies among cash-strapped, time-restricted coalitions. Methods: The Florida Prevention Research Center (FPRC) and the Lexington (Kentucky) Tween Nutrition & Fitness Coalition (TN&FC) have co-created the Community Based Prevention Marketing (CBPM) for Policy Development framework, an 8-step process using social marketing principles to facilitate policy enactment. Taking a lessons learned approach, the partnering groups are disseminating the framework using an online instructional platform, thereby making this systematic approach available to coalitions nationwide. Results: Using the TN&FC as a case study, the CBPM website presents two principal learning domains: 9 instructional modules and related support resources (worksheets and supplemental information). Modules ensure learner-content interactivity and critical thinking, allowing self-paced learner movement through them. Upon completion of modules, prompts appear related to step-specific objectives. Pilot usability tests, followed by three full usability tests administered at the 2012 APHA meeting with public health professionals working with coalitions yielded feedback leading to fine-tuning of content and function. Discussion: A Web-based learning platform may be an efficient method for dissemination and training, with active engagement of users in the instructional process, whereby CBPM steps can be simulated prior to real time implementation with a coalition.
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Communication and informatics
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education
Public health or related public policy
Explain the process of translating research findings into a practice-oriented product for community uptake.
Describe approaches to the development of a Web-based learning module that facilitates public health policy improvements.
Discuss usability testing data related to the development of Web-based content and interface functionality.
Keyword(s): Policy/Policy Development, Communication Technology
Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the project leader for the development of the Community Based Prevention Marketing (CBPM) for Policy Development website. I have been instrumental in the process including leading work plan development, coordination and supervision of IT and Research teams, website content and creative development, and usability testing.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed
in my presentation.