GNYHA hosted a December 7 webinar on evaluating obesity-related community chronic disease prevention programs. The webinar was part of GNYHA’s ongoing effort to share best practice approaches to the design, implementation, and evaluation of hospital community health prevention initiatives. Hospital’s implement these initiatives as part of their community health improvement plans, which include New York State’s hospital Community Service Plans, which are prepared under the auspices of the Prevention Agenda, the State’s public health improvement initiative.

The webinar included presentations on a nutrition education program and a physical activity promotion program to illustrate data collection and evaluation methods. Shannon Farley, DrPH, Director of Research and Evaluation for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s (DOHMH) Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Tobacco Control, described basic, best practice approaches to evaluating community health programs, including an evaluation of a nutrition workshop at a farmer’s market. Benjamin Gonzalez, Associate Director of Grants Management at Interfaith Medical Center, described the hospital’s plans to evaluate its Prescribe-a-Bike program, a bicycle-sharing initiative for which the hospital partners with DOHMH to increase physical activity in the community.

Although the webinar included nutrition education and physical activity programs to demonstrate data collection and program evaluation techniques, the tools and practices shared can be used to evaluate other community health interventions.

GNYHA thanks Interfaith Medical Center and DOHMH for their participation. A recording of the webinar, including presented material, is available on GNYHA’s website. Please contact Amy Osorio with any questions.