Take Action Cycle: Choose Effective Policies & Programs


Course Overview


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Course Description
Choosing effective policies and programs that work in real life will maximize your chances of success. Not every well-intentioned policy or program is effective. Taking the time to look for strategies that have been shown to effectively address particular problems or issues will be time well spent.


Alison Bergum, evidence lead with the County Health Roadmaps project, joined us to introduce What Works for Health, a new tool coming to CountyHealthRankings.org. What Works for Health provides communities with information to help select and implement evidence-informed policies and programs that can improve health. Alison discussed why considering evidence is an important part of choosing effective policies and programs and demonstrated how communities can use What Works for Health.


This course is provided by County Health Rankings & Roadmaps and will require a secondary login and/or registration. Click the LAUNCH button below to start or be taken to the course.


Target Audience
This course is designed for public health professionals.


Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  1. Understand that evidence is important
  2. Understand how to search for effective policies and programs
  3. Be ready to use What Works for Health


Council of Linkages Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (COL)/COL Tier(s)
2B.10 (Tier 2): Incorporate informatics practices


Professional/Disciplinary Competencies
CDC/CSTE Applied Epidemiology Competencies
AEC 1.1AA 8. Assist in developing recommended evidence-based interventions and control measures in response to epidemiologic findings.


Association of Teachers in Maternal and Child Health (ATMCH), Maternal and Child Health Competencies
MCH4.3 Apply important evidence-based practice guidelines and policies in their field.




Credit /CEU
None available


1 hr.


None listed


Course Publication Date
August 14, 2012