Collaborative Decision-Making with Communities

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Evidence-Based Behavioral Practice

Welcome to the Evidence Based Practice course for collaborative decision making, brought to you by the EBBP project and Northwestern University’s Department of Preventive Medicine.

This course is one of a series that looks at shared decision-making in a variety of settings, from working with individual clients to implementing programs for entire communities.

In this course, you’ll assume the role of Samantha Dole, the program manager at a local health department that’s working to implement initiatives within her community to increase physical activity and promote a healthy diet and lifestyle. The goal of these initiatives will be to prevent obesity within communities under the department’s supervision.

According to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, or BRFSS, the world’s largest, ongoing telephone health survey system, 63.1% of all Americans are either overweight or obese.

Public health educators across the country are hard at work to change policies and environments – as well as attitudes and behavior – to improve the health of their communities.

This training is intended for a wide-ranging audience, including health and public health practitioners, both experienced and new to the field, as well as graduate students working towards a career in health – providing a safe environment for you to apply and refine your decision-making skills by implementing the Evidence-Based Practice Three Circles model.