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Designing Evidence-based Public Health and Prevention Programs

Demonstrating that public health and prevention program development is as much art as science, Designing Evidence-based Public Health and Prevention Programs brings together expert program developers to offer practical guidance and principles in developing effective behavior-change curricula.

Edited by Mark Feinberg, Research Professor at the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center (PRC), this collection of stories gives readers a “behind-the scenes” look at how the developers approached creating, refining, testing, and disseminating a range of programs and strategies, addressing a range of physical, mental, and behavioral health problems across the lifespan.

The book takes readers on a journey with the developers as they describe how their projects began and how they overcame obstacles through creative problem-solving, offering insights that might otherwise be learned in conversation with the experts over coffee. 

Feinberg notes that for most scientists, “the actual construction of a preventive health program consists of an active leap beyond our knowledge base.” The book illustrates how program developers ventured beyond the scientific realm, exploring the worlds of academic entrepreneurship and community-based research.

Readers will learn about selecting change-promoting targets based on existing research; developing and creating effective and engaging content; considering implementation and dissemination contexts in the development process; and revising, refining, expanding, abbreviating, and adapting a curriculum across multiple iterations.

The book is geared toward prevention scientists, prevention practitioners, and program developers in community agencies. It also provides a unique resource for graduate students and postgraduates in family sciences, developmental psychology, clinical psychology, social work, education, nursing, public health, and counseling.

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Handbook of Life Course Health Development

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This handbook synthesizes and analyzes the growing knowledge base on life course health development (LCHD) from the prenatal period through emerging adulthood, with implications for clinical practice and public health. It presents LCHD as an innovative field with a sound theoretical framework for understanding wellness and disease from a lifespan perspective, replacing previous medical, biopsychosocial, and early genomic models of health. Interdisciplinary chapters discuss major health concerns (diabetes, obesity), important less-studied conditions (hearing, kidney health), and large-scale issues (nutrition, adversity) from a lifespan viewpoint. In addition, chapters address methodological approaches and challenges by analyzing existing measures, studies, and surveys. The book concludes with the editors’ research agenda that proposes priorities for future LCHD research and its application to health care practice and health policy.

Topics featured in the Handbook include:
• The prenatal period and its effect on child obesity and metabolic outcomes.
• Pregnancy complications and their effect on women’s cardiovascular health.
• A multi-level approach for obesity prevention in children.
• Application of the LCHD framework to autism spectrum disorder.
• Socioeconomic disadvantage and its influence on health development across the lifespan.
• The importance of nutrition to optimal health development across the lifespan.

The Handbook of Life Course Health Development is a must-have resource for researchers, clinicians/professionals, and graduate students in developmental psychology/science; maternal and child health; social work; health economics; educational policy and politics; and medical law as well as many interrelated subdisciplines in psychology, medicine, public health, mental health, education, social welfare, economics, sociology, and law.

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