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Talks at Twelve: Emily Kahoe Chen, Thursday, October 13, 2011

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Program Adaptation for the Real World: Using Principles of Community-based Participatory Research to Adapt Evidence-based Programs
Emily Kahoe Chen, graduate student, Human Development

Thursday, October 13, 2011
1:00 - 2:00 PM
Beebe Hall, 2nd floor conference room


Emily Kahoe Chen Brownbag Event

Evidence-based interventions (EBIs) are an important tool for community health practitioners, but there is often a mismatch between the population in which the EBI was validated and the target population in which it will be used. Methods of planned adaptation identify differences in the new target population and attempt to make changes to the EBI that accommodate these differences without diluting the program’s effectiveness. We have developed an innovative method for identifying population differences and making program changes that uses systematic and detailed feedback from program participants to guide adaptation. The Method for Program Adaptation through Community Engagement (M-PACE) outlines procedures for obtaining high-quality participant feedback and adjudicating recommendations in order to decide on program changes. M-PACE was developed during the adaptation of an evidence-based, arthritis self-management program for older adults. The application and results of the M-PACE method are presented using this case as an example.

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