Using Public Health 3.0 as a Blueprint to Build Evaluations
ACET works in evaluation with public health agencies, primary care, behavior health, and other health-care systems. At the American Evaluation Association (AEA) national conference in Minneapolis in November 2019, ACET created a poster on using Public Health 3.0 as a Blueprint to Build Evaluations for the AEA poster session.
Why is Public Health 3.0 important in evaluation?
1. Public Health 3.0 is a call to action to create a 21st century public health infrastructure. https://www.healthypeople.gov/sites/default/files/Public-Health-3.0-White-Paper.pdf. As evaluators, we’re constantly working toward health-improvement outcomes, health equity, and addressing the many factors that impact each person’s well-being and overall health.
2. In order to promote health and evaluate what’s effective, we also utilize the Social Determinants of Health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that many factors affect health, such as access to health care, water quality, poverty, the communities people live in, and more.https://www.cdc.gov/socialdeterminants/
3. One of the critical dimensions of Public Health 3.0 focuses on data, metrics, and analytics. The emphasis is on addressing current data gaps, exploring new types of data, and supporting the sharing of data, which is an important part of the work we do at ACET.
“As evaluators, it’s important to go beyond traditional evaluation and include cross-sector collaboration,” says Meghan Adams, MPH, Research Associate Junior at ACET, one of the coauthors. “Engage the community from the start and make sure all voices are there. Then based on the findings, we can ask two important questions: 1. What can we do? 2. What are the priorities? Then we at ACET can help build a community-action plan for next steps.”
If you’re interested in having ACET help you build an evaluation by using Public Health 3.0, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We offer a free initial consultation!