Performance Improvement 2004. Evaluation of the Public Health Prevention Service (PHPS) Program

01/01/2004

This multi-year project sought information regarding disease/illness prevention service program effectiveness and what could be done to improve the program. In 1997 the Public Health Prevention Service (PHPS) Program was established to “improve the nation’s public health practice by preparing entry-level public health professionals to conduct prevention programs that improve the health and prevent injury and to manage emerging public health problems.” A year later CDC initiated a project to develop and implement an evaluation plan for the program. The evaluation process spanned three years (1999-2001) and the results from the first phases of the evaluation were used to develop and refine the PHPS program and the plan for on-going evaluations. Thus, the evaluation focused on recruiting details, participant training, as well as the effects of creating a qualified pool of public health professionals. A variety of evaluation methods were used, including surveys, interviews and focus groups. The final report contains specific conclusions and recommendations about the program. These recommendations focus on a variety of issues including the application process, rotational assignments, field assignments, training aspects of the program and the relationship of curricula to management and leadership.

Recommendations from this evaluation project will be used to refine and improve the PHPS program.

PIC ID: 7038
Agency Sponsor: CDC-EPO, Epidemiology Program Office
Federal Contact: Jarvis, Dennis, 404-639-4087
Performer: Macro International, Inc., Atlanta, GA

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