The training was designed to align with the Community Health Assessment and Triple Aim Planning Process currently underway in Pueblo. Thirty-five staff members from across the health department and a member of the local board of health participated in the training.
Health department staff saw this training as a valuable way to ensure that similar evidence-based decision making processes are used across the department. Comments from participants included:
I see practical, immediate uses of the model for day-in, day-out operations and application to broader scope projects (i.e. the Community Health Improvement Plan).
I will always keep an eye open for evidence sources and information to help keep a pulse on programs/activities in my area. I would like to apply evaluation to areas, especially those where I question effectiveness or if there is a better way to do that.
I used evidence-based decision making to approach my supervisor about dropping certification for an outdated … method. By using this (evidence-based decision making) method all of the information was gathered and presenting showing this was a beneficial decision.
Dr. Christine Nevin Woods, Director of the Pueblo City-County Health Department, added “I am so proud of my staff and their willingness to adopt evidence-based decision making in their every day public health work. They know the importance of providing services to our community that are based on strong research and evidence.”
- Christine Nevin-Woods - Director Pueblo City-County Health Department and State Board of Health Member
- Holly Wolf – Colorado School of Public Health faculty
- Molly Gutilla – Colorado School of Public Health, DrPH student
- Janna West Kowalski - Colorado Public Health Training Center/Center for Public Health Practice staff
- Laurie Schneider – Colorado Public Health Training Center/Center for Public Health Practice staff