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Health Promotion Practice

Richard W Kim, Vinayak K Nahar
Planning, Implementing & Evaluating Health Promotion Programs: A Primer is a versatile and comprehensive resource on the theoretical and practical underpinnings of successful health promotion programs. The requirements for effective health promotion program development are presented with frequent use of practical planning examples, pedagogical devices, and expert rationale. Ideal for undergraduate and graduate students in health education, promotion, and planning courses, this 15-chapter textbook is organized in a manner that specifically addresses the responsibilities and competencies required of health education specialists as published in the Health Education Specialist Practice Analysis of 2015...
November 1, 2017: Health Promotion Practice
Akindele Olupelumi Adebiyi, Oluwafemi Akinyele Popoola
Nigeria is a signatory to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. However, tobacco control efforts have been fraught with challenges. These challenges cannot be presumed to be independent of tobacco industry manipulation. We examined submissions and viewpoints from prominent tobacco control stakeholders across social, administrative, and political strata to identify convergence with tobacco industry viewpoints. We illustrate how these convergences pose a threat to effective tobacco control in Nigeria. A thematic analysis of stakeholder viewpoints was conducted on submissions to the national assembly during the Tobacco Control Bill public hearings and various industry documents...
November 1, 2017: Health Promotion Practice
Ingrid Glurich, Kelsey M Schwei, Sara Lindberg, Neel Shimpi, Amit Acharya
Globally, periodontal disease and diabetes have achieved epidemic proportions and have become a top health care priority. Mutual bidirectional exacerbation of these conditions is promoting creation of cross-disciplinary integrated care delivery (ICD) models that bridge the traditionally siloed health care domains of dentistry and medicine. By engaging focus groups inclusive of both medical and dental providers and one-on-one interviews, this qualitative study investigated provider knowledgeability, receptiveness, and readiness to engage ICD and sought input from the medical-dental primary care practitioner participants on perceived opportunities, benefits, and challenges to achieving ICD models for patients with diabetes/prediabetes...
October 1, 2017: Health Promotion Practice
Erin Kelly Tagai, Mary Ann Scheirer, Sherie Lou Z Santos, Muhiuddin Haider, Janice Bowie, Jimmie Slade, Tony L Whitehead, Min Qi Wang, Cheryl L Holt
BACKGROUND: Faith-based organizations (FBOs) are important venues for health promotion, particularly in medically underserved communities. These organizations vary considerably in their structural capacities, which may be linked to variability in implementation success for health promotion initiatives. Lacking an existing validated assessment of organizational capacity specific to FBOs, an initial prototype assessment was developed. METHOD: The Faith-Based Organization Capacity Inventory (FBO-CI) assesses three structural areas of capacity: Staffing and Space, Health Promotion Experience, and External Collaboration...
October 1, 2017: Health Promotion Practice
Susan Morrel-Samuels, Laney A Rupp, Andria B Eisman, Alison L Miller, Sarah A Stoddard, Susan P Franzen, Peter Hutchison, Marc A Zimmerman
Scholars have increasingly emphasized the importance of using evidence-based programs to promote health and prevent disease. While theoretically and empirically based programs may be effective in carefully controlled conditions, many fail to achieve desired outcomes when implemented in real-world settings. Ensuring high-quality implementation of health promotion programs is critically important as variation in implementation is closely associated with program effectiveness. The purpose of this article is to present methods used to document and assess the implementation of the Youth Empowerment Solutions (YES) program...
October 1, 2017: Health Promotion Practice
Anna U Morgan, Bernadette A D'Alonzo, Roxanne Dupuis, Eliza D Whiteman, Stacey Kallem, Autumn McClintock, Joel A Fein, Heather Klusaritz, Carolyn C Cannuscio
Public libraries are free and open to all-and accessed at high rates by vulnerable populations-which positions them to be key public health allies. However, library staff themselves often feel ill-equipped to address the health and social concerns of their patrons. To fill this gap, we developed a case-based training curriculum to help library staff recognize, engage, and refer vulnerable patrons to appropriate resources. Topics addressed in the training, including homelessness, mental health and substance use disorders, immigration, and trauma, were selected based on findings from a prior community needs assessment...
October 1, 2017: Health Promotion Practice
Cara Finley, Katherine Suellentrop, Rebecca Griesse, Lawrence Duane House, Anna Brittain
Teen pregnancies and births continue to decline due in part to implementation of evidence-based interventions and clinical strategies. While local stakeholder education is also thought to be critical to this success, little is known about what types of strategies work best to engage stakeholders. With the goal of identifying and describing evidence-based or best practice strategies for stakeholder education in community-based public health initiatives, we conducted a systematic literature review of strategies used for effective stakeholder education...
September 1, 2017: Health Promotion Practice
Cam Escoffery, Melissa Kenzig, Christel Hyden, Kristen Hernandez
Social media is powerful and has effective tools for career advancement. Health promotion professionals at all stages of their career can employ social media to develop their profile, network with a range of colleagues, and learn about jobs and other career-enhancing opportunities. This article focuses on several social media resources, describes their key functions for career development, and offers strategies for effective use. Steps in using social media include creating a personal profile, sharing products such as newsletters or publications, and locating volunteer and job opportunities...
September 1, 2017: Health Promotion Practice
Fiona H McKay, Hayley McKenzie
The value of incorporating arts-based approaches into health promotion programs has long been recognized as useful in affecting change. Such approaches have been used in many schools across Australia and have been found to promote general well-being and mental health. Despite these positive findings, few programs have used or evaluated an integrated arts-based approach to achieve health and well-being goals. This article presents the findings of an evaluation of an integrated arts-based program focused on creativity and improving well-being in students...
September 1, 2017: Health Promotion Practice
Cristina Giménez-García, Rafael Ballester-Arnal, María Dolores Gil-Llario, Pedro Salmerón-Sánchez
HIV new infections still affect young people around the world. In this context, behavioral interventions seem to be effective in promoting safe sex although some conditions are still inconclusive in different regions. For example, there is insufficient evidence about who may be the best facilitator. For this reason, this study evaluates the effectiveness of peer and expert facilitators for HIV prevention aimed at Spanish young people. For this purpose 225 Spanish college students, aged between 18 and 25 (74...
September 1, 2017: Health Promotion Practice
Tavis J Glassman, Tom Castor, Monita Karmakar, Alexis Blavos, Paige Dagenhard, Julianne Domigan, Erin Sweeney, Aaron Diehr, Ruthie Kucharewski
BACKGROUND: Water-related injuries and fatalities pose serious public health issues, especially to African American youth, a demographic group that drowns at disproportionately high rates. AIM: The purpose of this study was to determine if a social marketing intervention targeting the parents and guardians of inner-city youth (U.S. Midwest) could positively influence their perceptions concerning water safety. METHOD: Researchers employed a quasi-experimental design using matched pairs to evaluate the intervention...
September 1, 2017: Health Promotion Practice
Sarah E Pember
The conditions in which people live, work, play, and age-the social determinants of health (SDOH)-have an impact on their health outcomes and behavior, sense of security, and patterns of community engagement. To encourage training and education related to the health effects of the SDOH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Foundation created the Health and Well-Being for All meeting-in-a-box resource. This online resource acts as a guide for group collaboration and education related to understanding SDOH effects on health and practicing methods for addressing those effects at the community level, and can be used with a variety of groups, including community coalitions, health education students, and medical professionals...
September 1, 2017: Health Promotion Practice
Kristin M Brown, Susan J Elliott, Jennifer Robertson-Wilson, Michelle M Vine, Scott T Leatherdale
Increasing the uptake of school health research into practice is pivotal for improving adolescent health. COMPASS, a longitudinal study of Ontario and Alberta secondary students and schools (2012-2021), used a knowledge exchange process to enhance schools' use of research findings. Schools received annual summaries of their students' health behaviors and suggestions for action and were linked with a knowledge broker to support them in making changes to improve student health. The current research explored factors that influenced COMPASS knowledge exchange activities...
September 1, 2017: Health Promotion Practice
Catherine N Rasberry, India Rose, Elizabeth Kroupa, Andrew Hebert, Amanda Geller, Elana Morris, Catherine A Lesesne
School-based surveys provide a useful method for gathering data from youth. Existing literature offers many examples of data collection through school-based surveys, and a small subset of literature describes methodological approaches or general recommendations for health promotion professionals seeking to conduct school-based data collection. Much less is available on real-life logistical challenges (e.g., minimizing disruption in the school day) and corresponding solutions. In this article, we fill that literature gap by offering practical considerations for the administration of school-based surveys...
September 1, 2017: Health Promotion Practice
Mary V Greiner, Sarah J Beal
In 2012, the Comprehensive Health Evaluations for Cincinnati's Kids (CHECK) Center was launched at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center to provide health care for over 1,000 children placed into foster care each year in the Cincinnati community. This consultation model clinical program was developed because children in foster care have been difficult to manage in the traditional health care setting due to unmet health needs, missing medical records, cumbersome state mandates, and transient and impoverished social settings...
September 1, 2017: Health Promotion Practice
Angela C B Trude, Elizabeth Anderson Steeves, Cara Shipley, Pamela J Surkan, Priscila de Morais Sato, Tracey Estep, Stella Clanton, Lisa Lachenmayr, Joel Gittelsohn
Peer-led interventions may be an effective means of addressing the childhood obesity epidemic; however, few studies have looked at the long-term sustainability of such programs. As part of a multilevel obesity prevention intervention, B'More Healthy Communities for Kids, 16 Baltimore college students were trained as youth-leaders (YLs) to deliver a skill-based nutrition curriculum to low-income African American children (10-14 years old). In April 2015, formative research was used to inform sustainability of the YL program in recreation centers...
September 1, 2017: Health Promotion Practice
Christiaan G Abildso, Angela Dyer, Alfgeir L Kristjansson, Michael J Mann, Thomas Bias, Jessica Coffman, Emily Vasile, Danielle Davidov
INTRODUCTION: Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a public health issue with recent intervention focus by home visiting programs with at-risk families in the United States. Home visitors are typically required to assess IPV but feel unprepared to do so and desire training. Our aim was to evaluate the impact of a daylong IPV training on the intention to enact three key IPV behaviors (screening, making referrals, and safety planning) using the theory of planned behavior. METHOD: Survey of 125 home visitors in West Virginia was conducted before and after a daylong IPV training...
September 1, 2017: Health Promotion Practice
Bruce Nitsche, Sara C Miller, Margaret Giorgio, Carolyn A Berry, Andrew Muir
An estimated 3 to 5 million Americans are chronically infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV), and approximately 75% of those persons were born between 1945 and 1965 (the so-called baby boomer generation). Because of the largely asymptomatic nature of HCV, up to 50% of those infected are unaware of their disease. Risk-based testing has been largely ineffective. Based on prevalence data, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other organizations recommend a onetime HCV antibody test for all baby boomers...
September 1, 2017: Health Promotion Practice
Catherina Chang-Martinez, Nasar U Ahmed, Ruby A Natale, Sarah E Messiah
BACKGROUND: The child care center (CCC) environment presents opportunities for healthy weight promotion in preschoolers. Our study examined the current state of CCC adherence to nutrition, physical activity, and screen time legislative regulations and the differences in their adherence by center socioeconomic position (SEP: low, middle, high) in Miami-Dade County. METHOD: In 34 CCC, we used the Environment and Policy Assessment and Observation tool to evaluate nutrition, physical activity, and screen time practices during 1-school day...
September 1, 2017: Health Promotion Practice
Michelle Teti, Deana Hayes, Rose Farnan, Victoria Shaffer, Mary Gerkovich
Adherence to antiretroviral medication among people living with HIV (PL-HIV) is critical to individual and public health. By some estimates only a quarter of PL-HIV are sufficiently adherent, underscoring a continued need for adherence-promoting strategies. In this analysis we explore the effect of adherence education posters developed via Photovoice. A group of PL-HIV generated images and captions to describe their adherence experiences and used their photo-stories to design 10 posters. We assessed viewers' ( N = 111) adherence knowledge, self-efficacy, and communication changes quantitatively and qualitatively before and 3 months after poster placement in the clinic...
September 1, 2017: Health Promotion Practice
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