Systems Approaches for Healthy Communities Program
Systems Approaches for Healthy Communities is a web-based professional development program that promotes the integration of policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) interventions with educational strategies.
Systems Approaches for Healthy Communities is a professional development program that promotes the integration of policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) interventions with educational strategies.
The program includes a five-module, online professional development course. It uses the Social Ecological Model, the Spectrum of Prevention, and other tools to build the skills of health professionals in using PSE approaches with a wide array of communities and organizations. In addition to the online course, this program also includes an Implementation Guide, additional resources for organizations, and materials to support course participants through a coaching process.
A brief webinar was held on June 14 to give a detailed overview of the program.
Summary of Program Content
The program includes the following concepts and components:
- Basic terminology and examples of systems-thinking including the Social-Ecological Model and Spectrum of Prevention frameworks as they relate to PSE work and public health approaches to health promotion.
- Skill-building for staff to expand program efforts across multiple levels of systems, policies, and environments.
- A look at the importance and basics of engagement and relationships.
- An overview of how to understand the community context and current situation.
- Strategies for communicating with community partners effectively about systems-wide, PSE efforts.
- Leadership materials for staff to promote the application of content in real world settings.
- Resources to improve organizational and leadership capacity to support PSE approaches.
For more details on the program content, including learning objectives, download the Program Summary (PDF).
The program includes the online modules, technical support, Implementation Guide, additional resources for organizations, materials to support course participants through a coaching process, and up to five hours of orientation and consultation. The complete program provides eight hours of professional development for staff.
After an initial pilot in Minnesota in 2015, the program was peer reviewed in 2016 and pilot tested in 2017 with two additional agencies: Michigan State University Extension and Iowa Department of Public Health. The final version will be available starting October 2017.
Interested in this opportunity? Allocate $4,000 in your SNAP-Ed or other budgets to bring this professional development program to your organization. Do you have a smaller team? Contact us to discuss how we can customize this program to your budget and needs.
SNAP-Ed: Our Expanded Focus — Jamie Bain, Extension educator, explains the broadened reach of our work in this blog post.
Strategies Across the Spectrum: Spectrum of Prevention as a Decision-Making Tool in Extension — Journal of the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences — Read about how the University of Minnesota Extension Health and Nutrition programs applied the Spectrum of Prevention framework to their work in child care settings.