Health departments and organizations across the country are facing political and financial uncertainty. Striving to do more with less, public health professionals are also under increasing pressure to assure policymakers and the public that our programs and interventions really do improve the public's health. "As resources tighten, it is more important than ever that we implement evidence-based approaches to improving the public's health," says Jeffrey Harris, Chair of the Department of Health Services at the University of Washington and the instructor for the first module of the series. "Evidence-based approaches allow us to get maximum value from our scarce resources, and this training will help public health workers to identify and implement evidence-based approaches."
NWCPHP's latest online training is a revised and updated nine-part series that covers all the skills you need to incorporate more evidence into your public health practice. From assessing your community to searching the scientific literature to analyzing cost-effectiveness and prioritizing options, the Evidence-Based Public Health series demystifies complex processes and gives you tools to ensure that your work takes advantage of public health's best data and resources. Each of the nine modules can be taken alone, or they can be combined into a comprehensive training that gives you a step-by-step guide to strengthening the evidence base for your programs and interventions.