Program Planning: Adapting Evidence-based Programs for Injury Prevention and Control

Description: This track builds upon the basics of using evidence-based programs for injury prevention and control. The goal of the session is to teach learners how to plan for successful programs.  The training provides professionals with the skills, tools, and resources to improve their ability to plan for health promotion programs and adapt current evidence-based programs in the field of injury prevention and control.  The topics of the training include: identifying current evidence-base practice in injury control, linking program goals and objectives to existing evidence-based programs, identifying, selecting, and adapting evidence-based strategies that address organizational, and policy change, and planning for program evaluation.  Activities are integrated throughout the day that allow participants to practice new skills.  One outcome of the session is a written program plan that can be used by learners to guide the organization’s next planning or implementation steps.


By the end of this session, participants should be able to:

1)    Describe the program planning cycle

2)    Develop program goals and SMART objectives that link to program evaluation

3)    Identify appropriate evidence-based interventions

4)    Define program adaption

5)    Describe the steps of the program adaption process

6)    Adapt program components of an evidence-based program

7)    Prepare for evaluation

Kirsten Colbaugh Rodgers EdD, MSPH, MCHES
Dr. Rodgers received her doctorate in Health Education from Columbia, University in the spring of 2010.  She completed her master’s degree in public health at the University of South Carolina and her Bachelor of Science from the University of Georgia.  Her research interests include adolescent and young adult health, tobacco prevention and control, and cancer prevention, specifically increasing cancer screening in disparate populations and environmental systems change policy that supports healthy behavior. Currently, she serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Behavioral Science and Health Education and serves as the Emory Prevention Resource Center’s (EPRC) Training Specialist at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health. In this role, she serves as an instructor for Masters level BSHE department courses, manages and develops trainings for the EPRC and Southeastern Institute for Training and Evaluation (SITE), and the Emory Public Health Training Center (EPHTC) at Rollins School of Public Health. She conducts research in cancer prevention and serves as the Project Manager for the grant-funded, Evaluating Special Events for Cancer Screenings project.  Prior to her work at the EPRC, Dr. Rodgers worked at Emory University’s Tobacco Technical Assistance Consortium (TTAC) as a Senior Manager for Curriculum and Program Development.  In this role, she developed trainings and provided technical assistance to local, state, and federal entities around the U.S. to build capacity in tobacco prevention and control.