Performance Improvement 2013-2014. What are State Level Practitioners' Awareness and Uses of Primary Sources for Evidence-based Interventions?

01/01/2014

The Center of Excellence for Training and Research Translation at the University of North Carolina provided public health practitioners with evidence to develop and implement interventions to prevent obesity, heart disease and stroke. The Center produces various products, including: intervention strategies, interventions, intervention templates, trainings, and webinars that are disseminated primarily via the Center website. This study assessed the extent to which State and local health departments and health agencies are aware of and utilize Center products, and implement packaged interventions which are part of the Center products.

Practitioners characterized their work in obesity prevention as uncertain, interdependent, and multi-level. They described being overwhelmed with information while at the same time having limited evidence to guide their work. Several approaches were identified to aid practitioners who synthesize and translate evidence for obesity prevention and other complex problems. One approach is to generate broad recommendations rather than more standardized intervention programs. Practitioners could benefit not only from evidence-based recommendations on what to do but also on how to do it; evidence on the “best processes” for intervention planning. The program utilized funds from this contract to identify and translate additional evidence-based interventions which included more general guidance and tools to assist in implementing and evaluating interventions.

Report Title: Asssessment of Center of Excellence for Training and Research Translation (Center TRT) Awareness and Services

Agency Sponsor: CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Federal Contact: Andrea Baeder, 404-498-4002
Performer: Deloitte, Atlanta, GA
Record ID: 9996 (May 1, 2012)

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