Professional Development Workshops

For more information about these workshops contact Paul Gilbert to request a workshop: or 319-384-1478. A one pager of these workshops can be downloaded here.

Using Evidence-Based Practices

Description: Over the past decade, there has been increasing emphasis on evidence-based public health, and many state and national funders require evidence-based interventions. At the same time, there are barriers to wider implementation, such as lack of familiarity with the concept and under-developed skills to apply it. This presentation will start with the core foundations of public health (e.g., a population perspective, levels of prevention) and explain how evidence-based practices can be incorporated into the various essential public health services. The presentation will include an overview of resources to find evidence-based interventions (EBIs), a process to select and adapt EBIs, and potential barriers to successful implementation in the local context. This presentation supports the Public Health Accreditation Board’s domain 10 (evidence-based practices) and domain 8 (workforce).

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the concepts underlying evidence-based public health
  • Describe the process of selecting evidence-based interventions and other programs for local use
  •  Analyze potential barriers to successful implementation of evidence-based practices

Webinar Video

Webinar Slides

Adaption Planning Tool and Instructions

Adaption Planning Tool Example

Evidence-Based Intervention Resources


Health Equity and the Social Determinants of Health

Description:Growing scientific evidence shows that the conditions of life exert a tremendous influence on health-related behaviors and health outcomes—above and beyond individual choices and actions. This presentation explains the principle of health equity (i.e., removing obstacles to the highest possible attainment of health), defines the social determinants of health, and clarifies how they can affect health status. It provides an overview of conceptual models developed by the World Health Organization and used in Healthy People 2020. It will lay the foundation for participants to apply a health equity approach by addressing the social determinants of health in public health services, clinical practice, and other professional activities. This presentation supports the Public Health Accreditation Board’s domain 1 (assess) and domain 8 (workforce).

Learning Objectives:

  • Define health equity and the social determinants of health.
  • Explain a conceptual model of the social determinants of health.
  • Identify potential pathways shaping individual and group differences in health outcomes seen in clinical practice.


Special Populations and Strategies for Community Engagement

Description:Community engagement means that all segments of a population share a collective vision for health and that community members can participate in meaningful ways in planning, carrying out, and evaluating health promotion efforts. However, it can often be difficult to identify stakeholders, build trusting relationships, and work across the diverse range of communities. This presentation will explain the principles of effective engagement, presents ways to pursue engagement using the Ladder of Community Participation as a guide, and considers the unique barriers faced by some segments of the population. Participants will learn about cultural humility and receive a brief resource guide for future reference. This presentation supports the Public Health Accreditation Board’s domain 4 (community engagement) and domain 8 (workforce).

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe why community engagement is important in public health.
  • Define different types of community and identify local groups that may be historically excluded from or underrepresented in public health services.
  •  List different actions for community engagement.


 A Nutrition and Physical Activity Policy, Systems, and Environment Webinar Series

In this 3-part webinar series, the University of Iowa Prevention Research Center for Rural Health’s Deputy Director, Natoshia Askelson, and Research Manager, Becky Bucklin, will discuss how policy, systems, and environments impact health. The webinar series will discuss how  using evidence-based nutrition and physical activity strategies grounded in policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) change      can support community programs in improving their communities. Each webinar recording can be found below, with the accompanying pdf slides, a list of resource links mentioned in the training, and discussion questions. These discussion questions can be used to help program partners apply the concepts of the webinar to their communities and programs. This material was developed in partnership with the Iowa Department of Public Health and was funded by the State of Iowa Health and Human Services Appropriations for Childhood Obesity prevention.

Webinar Series Introduction 

Part 1: Social Ecological Model and Policies, Systems, and Environment (PSE). This webinar gives an introduction to PSEs using the Socioecological Model as a framework.

Part 2: More about Policies, Systems, and Environment (PSE). Here the difference between direct education and PSE change is discussed. Examples of PSE interventions are given and the importance of developing your “elevator speech” is covered.

Part 3: Supporting Health Equity through Community Engagement. Concepts of health equity and meaningful community engagement are overviewed in this webinar. We will also discuss identifying community needs using an asset-based approach, and best practices for community engagement.


CDC Learning Connection

CDC Learning Connection helps public health and healthcare professionals stay informed about quality trainings from CDC, other federal agencies, and federally funded partners. Each month, we feature trainings on this website and promote them via a newsletter, social media, and partner outreach.