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Health Services PhD Student Meagan Brown Trains Health Department Staff in Montana

Health Services PhD Student Meagan Brown Trains Health Department Staff in Montana

Rising third-year doctoral student Meagan Brown, MPH has just returned from training health department staff in Montana, and helping them spread the word about the importance of public health. Check out her photos and story:

"I went out and taught a 1.5-day training on program planning and evaluation for Montana county-level health department staff in Billings, MT. This is my third time out there (the other times were for a two-part state-level public health employee training), although the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice has had a partnership with them for a number of years.

The training was based on the CDC Framework for Program Evaluation. I tailored the content for this audience knowing that there are usually only a couple of people responsible for implementing all of the public health activities for each county, so their time and resources are incredibly limited.

Also, I had a number of conversations with people at the state and local level, who told me they feel that many people don't understand what public health is, the value of their work, or just how much they do with so few resources. As a result, I developed a new tailored 'planning for dissemination and communicating your impact' module."

Photo: Meagan working with a participant one-on-one to develop her logic model for a program that is working with American Indian communities to reduce adolescent alcohol consumption using a CBPR approach

View more photos here.