Translating Data into Public Health Priorities

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Date Developed: 06/03/2009. Source: University of Minnesota Centers for Public Health Education and Outreach. Presenter(s): Linda Olson Keller, DNP, APHN-BC, CPH, FAAN. Type: Narrated Slide Presentation; Webinar Archive. Level: Intermediate. Length: 6 sessions, ranging in time from 8 to 75 minutes each.


This interactive session introduces a practical overview of the community assessment and planning process for local health departments. Participants are given the opportunity to access sources of data for their region/county electronically and via paper (through worksheet provided for download). Participants organize their data and begin the process of applying meaning to their assessment data. The video training consists of six sessions, which range in time from 8 to 75 minutes each. The training ends with a discussion of priority setting for public health issues identified in the work session. A handout and worksheet are available for download.

Learning Objectives

• Describe the phases of the community assessment and planning process.

• Identify and access key sources of state and county-level population data.

• Describe the types, strengths, and limitations of quantitative and qualitative data.

• Describe a framework for organizing public health data.

• Identify a model for prioritizing community public health issues.

Special Instructions

Scroll down to the MCPLH section and continue scrolling until you see "Translating Data into Public Health Priorities." You need to register or log in to access the training.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UE8MC25742; MCH Navigator for $180,000/year. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.