The Pueblo City-County Health Department recently partnered with the Colorado School of Public Health’s Center for Public Health Practice to host an Evidence-based Public Health training for department staff. The 2-day training focused on using a systematic decision making framework to address public health outcomes at organizational and community levels while incorporating local examples and experiences.

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I used evidence-based decision making to approach my supervisor about dropping certification for an outdated … method.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.”

Trainers included: 

  • 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