Prevention in Focus

Spring 2013 

Prevention programming resources online: The sites you won’t want to miss

By Erica Lee

Whether you’re starting a new prevention program or looking to change an existing one, there are many great online resources you can turn to for help. Here are a few useful tools to get you started:

Programming Connection

Have you seen the case studies in CATIE’s Programming Connection: Shared experience, stronger programs? Through a growing collection of case studies and resources developed by frontline organizations, learn how other service providers have planned and delivered innovative and interesting HIV prevention, testing, care, treatment and support programs.

While many programs focus on HIV, these programs may also inspire those of you who plan or deliver hepatitis C programs.

Effective Interventions: HIV Prevention that Works

For additional program models, have a look at these high-impact HIV prevention (HIP) interventions and strategies. These evidence-based interventions, developed in the United States, include biomedical interventions, public health strategies, behavioural interventions, structural interventions and a social marketing toolkit.

To read about how one Canadian organization successfully adapted one of the behavioural interventions, check out this Prevention in Focus article.

The CAPTURE Project

The CAPTURE Project is a Canadian initiative that allows you to learn about the programming work of others. Create a free account to search the CAPTURE database for resources related to chronic disease prevention and health promotion that have been added by CAPTURE members. You can also use CAPTURE to share and promote your own programs or connect with others who share your interest in HIV and/or hepatitis C prevention.

The Health Communication Unit, Public Health Ontario

The Health Communication Unit (THCU) at Public Health Ontario has created manuals and training modules on health promotion that walk you through the process of planning a program. These include the interactive Online Health Program Planner 2.0 as well as guides to developing health communication campaigns, measuring health communication outcomes, and increasing the sustainability of a program.

The Community Tool Box

Developed by the University of Kansas, The Community Tool Box provides practical guidance for community development activities. The Tool Box is divided into 46 chapters that look at working with communities, and developing, managing and evaluating health programs to meet the needs of those communities. If you’re looking for help addressing a particular problem, check out the Troubleshooting guide for solving problems.

Tools of Change

Tools of Change provides tips on using social marketing strategies to motivate behaviour change in your target communities. Each strategy is linked to case studies that illustrate how the strategy was used in a real-world program related to health promotion, the environment or safety. You can also use the site’s program planning guide for help planning a new program and integrating social marketing strategies into its delivery.

EPIC – Engaging People, Improving Care

If you’d like feedback from community members when defining the issues and needs your program will be addressing, have a look at the EPIC (Engaging People, Improving Care) website. EPIC is a toolkit that explores how you can encourage community involvement in health initiatives. It was created by a group of healthcare providers and planners to support greater community engagement in Ontario’s healthcare system, but uses models and examples from across the country that everyone can learn from.

Canadian Best Practices Portal

Maintained by the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Canadian Best Practices Portal offers you a place where you can review key facts, guidelines and research on various public health and chronic disease topics. You can also search the Best Practice Interventions section for disease prevention and health promotion interventions, which you can adapt for the communities you work with.

Amherst H. Wilder Foundation

The fact sheets and presentations developed by the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation in the United States provide clear and practical explanations of the program evaluation process. The fact sheets cover different aspects of planning, designing and making use of results from a program evaluation—for example, developing logic models, designing surveys and communicating results. Use the fact sheets to learn about a particular program evaluation activity that has you stumped or to get a better sense of some of the activities that make the evaluation of a health program successful.

Still need more programming help? Don’t forget that you can also search or browse CATIE’s collection of online resources for more programming tools.

About the author(s)

Erica Lee is the Information Specialist at CATIE. Since earning her Master of Information Studies, Erica has worked in the health library field, supporting the information needs of frontline service providers and service users. Before joining CATIE, Erica worked as the Librarian at the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT).