Online Program

Building local capacity to adapt, implement and evaluate evidence-based public health strategies: North Carolina's collaborative approach

Monday, November 2, 2015 : 8:30 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.

Avia Mainor, MPH, NC Institute for Public Health, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
Jennifer Leeman, DrPH, MDIV, School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
Kasey P. Decosimo, MPH, North Carolina Institute for Public Health, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
Laura Edwards, RN, MPA, Center for Healthy North Carolina, Raleigh, NC
Joanne Rinker, MS, RD, Center for Healthy North Carolina, Raleigh, NC
Amanda Cornett, MPH, Center for Public Health Quality, Raleigh, NC
Lisa Harrison, MPH, Granville Vance District Health Department, Oxford, NC
Dawn Morriston, Allied, Dental & Public Health Education, Health Careers & Workforce Diversity, Eastern Area Health Education Center (AHEC), Greenville, NC
The NC Division of Public Health mandates that local health departments (LHDs) conduct community health assessments at least every three years with action plans aligned to Healthy North Carolina 2020 objectives, which serve as the state’s health improvement plan. Starting in 2015, action plans must include evidence-based strategies (EBS) with detailed plans for staffing, training, implementing, monitoring and evaluating these strategies. Many practitioners face significant challenges in identifying appropriate EBS and successfully tailoring and implementing strategies in local settings. In 2012, a partnership of academic, non-profit, and practice agencies received grant funds to test the effectiveness of a national model to build EBS capacity for LHDs in NC. The training was tailored and delivered to over 125 public health practitioners statewide.  Evaluations of those trainings indicated a need for more advanced skill-building that provides in-depth and ongoing guidance on how to adapt, implement, and evaluate specific EBS. In response to this need, the partnership developed EBS 2.0, a training that focuses on a specific EBS and provides participant teams with ongoing coaching to assist with each step in the process of implementing an EBS. We will apply a competency-based, pre/post-test approach to evaluate training impact on practitioners’ perceptions of competency to plan and implement EBS, and use a six-month post-training evaluation to assess changes in practice and application of skills.

This session will detail the collaborative process used to tailor and launch EBS 2.0, describe the training and coaching delivered, present data on training impact, and review lessons learned.

Learning Areas:

Administration, management, leadership
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Public health or related education
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines

Learning Objectives:
Discuss a collaborative partnership to tailor and launch a second phase of EBS training for local public health practitioners. List key components of the EBS 2.0 training and resources needed. Describe preliminary impact of the EBS 2.0 training and lessons learned.

Keyword(s): Evidence-Based Practice, Training

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been a co-investigator and project coordinator for the implementation of Evidence-Based Public Health training in NC for the past five years. I am a lead faculty member for the training and oversee the activities of the collaborative partnership.
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.