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Suggested Citation: Jung, B.C. (2012 - 2017). Public Health Development Toolkit
Web document: http://www.bettycjung.net/Pgmtoolkit.htm


Purpose: To address an issue that is defined as a problem, Public Health organizations develop strategies that will hopefully solve the problem. Because resources are usually limited and many times are dependent on funding, it makes more sense to streamline program planning activities by learning from the experiences of others.

The Community Guide is a compilation of evidence-based strategies that have been used and documents the successes of such strategies. Basically, it documents what works and doesn't work for various Public Health issues that have already been identified and targeted for interventions. By using the Community Guide as the basis for program planning and development, much effort can be saved and used in developing more focused interventions for a particular targeted population.

Below is an example of how I used the Community Guide to teach my students about how to think about the Public Health issues that impact health and wellness, and to think broadly about what is currently being done about these issues. They are then given the opportunity to come up with their own solutions, based on what has been found to work and doesn't work.

Public Health practitioners can use a similar approach to interventions and programs they may be asked to develop. Start with the Community Guide, and work from there!


Program Proposal Development


Program Proposal Instructions & Template

I developed a writing assignment for my Wellness students that involved developing interventions to address a public health problem. The assignment involved a systematic approach to help them develop an appreciation of what has been done before they attempted to create their own. Based on their assessment, they were then able to propose interventions to address the problem.

The template that I developed for my students to use can actually be used as a toolkit for those looking to developing a public health intervention. This includes conducting an assessment of the issue at hand, and then looking at what has been done. I have my students use The Community Guide, which is an excellent compilation of what has been done already to address most of the biggest problems today. Bottom line, why reinvent the wheel? Use what others have found to be successful, or revamp an existing intervention that was found to work, and adapt it for the current issue.

To your right are samples of papers that my students have submitted for this assignment. Feel free to adapt the template for your use. Would appreciate hearing back from you, if you do. (bcjungmph@yahoo.com)

For more information on program evaluation, see Public Health Program Evaluation Grid

Program Proposal Samples


Public Health Foundation 2013 Certificate of Achievement

The Guide to Community Preventive Services: What Works to Promote Health? AKA "The Community Guide"

The Guide to Community Preventive Services is a free resource to help you choose programs and policies to improve health and prevent disease in your community.
Tools for Healthy Communities

Main Resource ChapterFocus Areas Additional Topic Sources
Chapter 1: Tobacco
  • Reducing tobacco use initiation
  • Increasing tobacco use cessations-interventions appropriate for communities
  • Increasing tobacco use cessation-interventions appropriate for healthcare systems
  • Reducing exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS)
Community Guide: Tobacco Use
Success Stories

Community Guide 1997-2011 Task Force Findings
Chapter 2 Physical Activity
  • Informational approaches to increasing physical activity
  • Behavioral and social approaches to increasing physical activity
  • Environmental and policy approaches to increasing physical activity
Community Guide: Promoting Physical Activity
Community Guide 1997-2011 Task Force Findings
Chapter 3 The Social Environment
  • Early childhood development
  • Housing
  • Culturally competent care
Community Guide: Promoting Health Through the Social Environment
Using Evidence for Public Health Decision Making: Promoting Health Through the Social Environment
Community Guide 1997-2011 Task Force Findings
Chapter 4 Cancer
  • Preventing skin cancer by reducing exposure to ultraviolet radiation and increasing sun-protective behaviors
  • Promoting informed decision making for cancer screening
Community Guide: Cancer Prevention & Control
Using Evidence for Public Health Decision Making: Screening for Breast, Cervical and Colorectal Cancer
Community Guide 1997-2011 Task Force Findings
Chapter 5 Diabetes
  • In the healthcare system
  • Diabetes Self-management education (DSME)
Community Guide: Diabetes Prevention & Control
Community Guide 1997-2011 Task Force Findings
Chapter 6 Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
  • Increasing community demands for vaccines
  • Enhancing access to vaccination services
  • Provider- or system-based interventions
  • Increasing community demand for targeted vaccinations
  • Enhancing access to targeted vaccination services
  • Provider- or system-based interventions
  • Multiple interventions implemented in combination
Community Guide: Vaccinations to Prevent Diseases
Success Stories
Community Guide 1997-2011 Task Force Findings
Chapter 7 Oral Health
  • Preventing or controlling dental caries
  • Preventing or controlling oral and pharyngeal cancers
  • Preventing or controlling sports-related craniofacial injuries
Community Guide: Oral Health
Community Guide 1997-2011 Task Force Findings
Chapter 8 Motor Vehicle Occupant Injury
  • Increasing child safety seat use
  • Increasing safety belt use
  • Reducing alchol-impaired driving
  • Community Guide: Motor Vehicle-Related Injury Prevention
  • Using Evidence for Public Health Decision Making: Motor Vehicle-Related Injury Prevention
    Community Guide 1997-2011 Task Force Findings
  • Chapter 9 Violence
    • Early childhood home visitation
    • Therapeutic foster care
    • Firearms laws
    Community Guide: Violence Prevention Focused on Children and Youth
    Using Evidence for Public Health Decision Making: Violence Prevention Focused on Children and Youth
    Community Guide 1997-2011 Task Force Findings
    Alcohol
    • Preventing excessive consumption and related harms
    • Limiting access to alcohol
    Evidence-Based Strategies to Prevent Excessive Alcohol Consumption and Related Harms
    Reducing the Harms from Drinking Too Much by Limiting Access to Alcohol
    Community Guide 1997-2011 Task Force Findings
    Obesity
    • Interventions in Community Settings
    • Provider-oriented Interventions
    Community Guide 1997-2011 Task Force Findings
    Worksite Health Promotion
    • Health risk assessments
    Using Evidence for Public Health Decision Making: Assessment of Health Risks with Feedback to Change Employees’ Health May be useful for any topic
    Community Guide 1997-2011 Task Force Findings

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