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Assessing Capacity for Sustainability

Assessing Capacity for Sustainability in Local Health Departments (pdf)

The Sustainability Framework, which includes 8 domains, is a useful tool for assessing public health program capacity for sustainability among local health departments.

Importance of Scientific Resources

the Importance of Scientific Resources (pdf)

There should be a clearer understanding of decision making patterns in Local Health Departments, particularly those that are based on scientific information.

Capacity Building for EBDM

Capacity Building for Evidence-Based Decision Making (pdf)

This study tested local-level evidence-based decision making (EBDM) capacity-building efforts. It demonstrates the potential for improving EBDM capacity, while allowing for tailoring of strategies.

Implementing A-EBPS

Implementing Administrative Evidence-Based Practices (pdf)

Administrative evidence based practices (A-EBPs) have been shown to be effective in boosting performance and contributing to accreditation efforts, ultimately leading to improved population health.

When Programs End

When Public Health Programs End (pdf)

Mis-implementation refers to ending effective programs or continuing ineffective programs. Understanding the reasons for mis-implementation can help practitioners use resources wisely.

Use of Academic Journals

Use of Academic Journals (pdf)

Use of scientific evidence aids in creating the best health and economic return on investments. This brief describes information seeking practices among state health department chronic disease prevention staff.

Healthcare System Collaboration

Healthcare System Collaboration to Prevent Chronic Diseases (pdf)

Collaboration between public health (PH) and health care systems can improve health through greater integration of services. The objective of this study was to explore current public health and health care activities among U.S. state public health department (SHD) staff.

Training Needs and Supports

Training Needs & Supports for Evidence-Based Decision Making Among the Public Health Workforce (pdf)

This brief describes training needs in evidence-based decision making (EBDM) at the national level based on competency gaps reported by state health department (SHD) and local health department (LHD) staff in four national surveys between 2008 – 2013.

Lessons in Promoting Active Living

Lessons in Promoting Active Living (pdf)

Collaborative groups are integral in health promotion and disease prevention and use varied approaches to address complex health conditions within community settings. This brief explores collaborative efforts to promote active living.

School PE and Physical Activity Policies

Tackling School Physical Education and Physical Activity Policies (pdf)

Cardiorespiratory fitness, which has been associated with academic performance during childhood and adolescence, can be a benefit of school physical education (PE) programs. This brief explores the roles and strategies of state organizations.

Physical Activity in Community Design

Municipal Officials' Perceived Barriers to Consideration of Physical Activity in Community Design Decision Making (pdf)

Public health authorities recommend policies affecting the built environment as sustainable approaches for promoting physical activity. Understanding barriers to consideration of physical activity that municipal officials report can help target policy change efforts.

Diffusion of Complete Streets Policies

Diffusion of Complete Streets Policies Across US Communities (pdf)

Complete Streets policies guide planning in communities by making the transportation system accommodating to all users—cars, pedestrians, bicyclists and those using public transportation. This brief explores which factors affect Complete Streets policy adoption.

Building Partnerships to Advance Physical Activity

Building partnerships to advance physical activity planning (pdf)

Coalitions are forming to meet the demands associated with policy, systems, and environmental change necessary to increase population levels of physical activity. Factors related to why an organization commits to a coalition may help explain coalition success or failure.