The Prevention Research Center (PRC-STL) is committed to passing on valuable tools and information about evidence based public health (EBPH) to public health practitioners across the United States and the world. The PRC-STL continues to offer training in EBPH which focuses on seven specific skills to improve public health practice. Through lectures, practice exercises, and case studies, training takes a "hands-on" approach and emphasizes information that is readily available to busy practitioners.
The LEAD-Public Health Project (Local Evidence for Affecting Decisions about Public Health) and LEAD 2 Scale-Up Project (Scaling-Up Capacity for Evidence-Based Public Health) examine the use of, barriers to, and methods for enhancing Evidence Based Programs and Policies (EBPP) in local health departments.
Chronic diseases such as cancer are leading causes of death and disability in the United States. Control of cancer and its risk factors, including obesity, plays an increasingly prominent role in day-to-day public health practice. There is a growing need for practitioners who have adequate knowledge and skills for evidence-based cancer control. We undertook this project in order to bridge the widening gap between the skills needed to control cancer and obesity, and the actual skill level of the public health workforce.