AIM-Local Health

Project Dates: 2016-2021

The purpose of Adoption & Implementation of evidence to Mobilize Local Health (AIM-Local Health) is to increase the use of proven strategies – or evidence-based programs and policies (EBPPs) for diabetes control among local health department (LHD) practitioners to reduce the burden of diabetes.

LHDs are uniquely positioned to carry out EBPPs for diabetes control because of their knowledge of, and focus on, community needs and resources; however, there is a significant gap between known and actual EBPPs for diabetes control conducted by LHDs.


Project Goals

  • Facilitate uptake of EBPPs in LHDs:
    • Understand factors influencing uptake, use and active spread of EBPPs for diabetes and chronic disease control across LHDs; identify and address any gaps
    • Provide a stakeholder-driven menu of capacity-building activities: trainings in evidence-based public health, technical assistance through knowledge brokers, targeted messages with resources, and organizational change strategies
    • Bridge research and public health practice
  • Advance practice, and dissemination and implementation research by communicating findings:
    • Traditional methods – publications, presentations
    • Non-traditional methods – social media, opinion leaders

Implications for Research and Practice

This project will drive how research can be more effectively disseminated – or actively spread — to those in practice. Additionally, it will study how useful D&I strategies can be replicated and/or adapted for other local health departments.

Project Contact

Renee Parks, MS:

Project Staff

Principal Investigator: Ross C. Brownson, PhD

Co-Investigators: Elizabeth Baker, PhD, MPH; Marshall Chin, MD, MPH; Maureen Dobbins, PhD; Jenine Harris, PhD; Katie Stamatakis, PhD, MPH; Rachel Tabak, PhD, RD; Yan Yan, MD

Project Manager: Renee Parks, MS

Research Assistant: Allison Poehler

Project Partners

National Association of County & County Health Officials (NACCHO); Missouri Association of Local Public Health Agencies (MoALPHA)

Project Dates


Funding Source

National Institutes of Health: R01DK109913-01

Related Resources


National Survey Summary Infographic

From Aug.-Sept. 2017, researchers from the PRC-StL administered a survey of public health practitioners leading chronic disease control from local health departments (LHDs) across the United States to obtain a national picture of local-level views on and use of evidence-based programs for chronic disease control, and skills and supports for evidence-based practices. This infographic summarizes the findings.

Local Health Directors’ & Practitioners’ Views of Use of Evidence-based Chronic Disease Control

In Jan.-Apr. 2017, researchers from the PRC-StL conducted phone interviews with local health directors and practitioners from local health departments (LHDs) in Missouri to understand factors supporting or hindering use of evidence-based chronic disease control. This infographic summarizes the findings.

Parks RG, Tabak RG, Allen P, Baker EA, Stamatakis KA, Poehler AR, Yan Y, Chin MH, Harris JK, Dobbins M, Brownson RC. Enhancing evidence-based diabetes and chronic disease control among local health departments: a multi-phase dissemination study with a stepped-wedge cluster randomized trial component. Implementation Science. October 18 2017;12(1):122.