Programs

Staying connected with our community

Goal

“Realizing the vision of healthy people in healthy communities is possible only if the community, in its full cultural, social, and economic diversity, is an authentic partner in changing the conditions for health.”

Institute of Medicine. The future of the public’s health in the 21st century. Washington: National Academies Press; 2003.

Evidence-Based Programs

An evidence-based approach to chronic disease prevention and control can significantly reduce the burden of chronic diseases. Evidence-based programs (EBPs) offer proven ways to promote health and prevent disease. They are based on research and provide documented health benefits, so individuals can be confident they work. Individuals who participate in EBPs can lower their risk of chronic diseases and falls—or improve the long-term effects of chronic diseases and falls. EBPs enhance quality of life—improving health behaviors, health and functional status, and overall well-being.

The following information has been pulled from HERE.

Evidence-based programs are programs that have been rigorously tested in controlled settings, proven effective, and translated into practical models that are widely available to community-based organizations. Also, these programs have been subjected to critical peer review which means that experts in the field – not just the people who developed and evaluated the program – have examined the evaluation’s methods and agreed with its conclusions about the program’s effects.

Advantages Of Evidence-Based Programs

Implementing an evidence-based program is widely considered a “best practice” strategy for community health promotion. Evidence-based programs can add value in many ways.

  • Positively impacting the health of the program participants is more likely with an evidence-based program.
  • Funders increasingly demand that programming be based on solid evidence.
  • Agency leaders want to concentrate limited resources on proven programs.
  • Program managers can concentrate their efforts on program delivery rather than program development. Allowing them more time to reach a larger population and have a great impact.
  • The demonstrated outcomes of evidence-based programs are attractive to community members and potential partners, facilitating community buy-in and the formation of partnerships, especially with healthcare/clinical partners.


Dr. Marcia Ory is a Regents and Distinguished Professor at the Texas A&M School of Public Health in the Department of Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences. Check out her video below to learn more about Evidence-Based Programs.

Check out video

The CDC strongly supports the adopting and implementation of evidence-based programs.  Read the CDC issue brief on Self-Management Education.

CDC Issue Brief
Together with our partners, we work to reach those at greatest risk and ensure that all Iowans are connected to essential programs in a timely manner.

If you are an organization/individual that provides evidence-based programs in your community in the state of Iowa, connect with us to post your programs on our calendar. We work to promote your programs to healthcare professionals and community members across the state. We want to help fill your classes! We also report to national organizations regarding programming in Iowa to keep their registries up to date. Fill out the form below and follow directions on where to send it for posting.

“We believe that by partnering with community organizations that place equal priority on EBPs and health equity, we can maximize the reach of these programs.”