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Women's Integrated Systems for Health (WISH) Online Training Series

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Date Developed: 2012. Source: North Carolina Institute for Public Health. Presenter(s): n.a.. Type: Online Course. Level: Intermediate. Length: Self-paced.


The Women's Integrated Systems for Health (WISH) Online Training Series focuses on key components of an integrated approach to promoting the health of women during late adolescence and throughout the child-bearing years. This training series arose from the need for practice-based tools that advance multi-disciplinary partnership, community engagement and using evidence-based approaches grounded in proven theoretical models. The series consists of the following 6 Modules:

• Introduction to an Integrated Approach

• Defining the Challenge

• Principles and Frameworks Guiding the Integrated Approach

• Developing Evidence-Based Programs

• Building and Supporting Partnerships and Community Engagement

• Bringing it All Together - An Integrated Approach

Learning Objectives

Module 1--Introduction to an Integrated Approach

• Define the target audience for the WISH Orientation Training Series.

• Discuss the rationale for an integrated approach to women's health and wellness.

• List examples of national trends towards integrated, outcome-oriented approaches.

• Describe the frameworks that serve as guides to a comprehensive approach to promoting women's health.

Module 2--Defining the Challenge

• Describe epidemiologic data for women of childbearing age related to mental health, substance abuse, violence and injury, and chronic disease.

• Discuss the inter-relationship of these issues as they impact women’s health.

Module 3--Principles and Frameworks Guiding the Integrated Approach

• Describe how health behaviors result from a complex interaction of factors-biological, cultural, economic and political.

• Describe three frameworks that serve as guides for designing and implementing a comprehensive approach to women’s wellness.

• Describe how a public health framework may be applied to optimize mental health strategies to improve the health of individuals and populations.

Module 4--Developing Evidence-Based Programs

• Define evidence-based practices and policies and potential impact on public health programs.

• Define levels of evidence.

• Describe two sources of evidence-based programs.

• Describe the role of policy in improving integration of care

Identify mechanisms for monitoring and evaluating programs and policies.

Module 5--Building and Supporting Partnerships and Community Engagement

• Recognize the importance of building partnerships and supporting community engagement to integrate care for women’s wellness.

• Outline the basic guidelines and steps for developing partnerships and engaging the community.

• Describe the Collective Impact Approach and its key concepts.

Module 6--Bringing it All Together - An Integrated Approach

• Describe how various components such as evidence-based practice, a public health approach and partnership come together to form an integrated approach to women’s health issues.

• Cite 3 examples of how an integrated approach made an impact in real life situations.

• Identify 3 specific actions which can be taken to apply some of what has been learned in this training series.

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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 $225,000/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.