Presentation Title (IN ALL CAPS)

Using Evaluation to Guide Development of a Life Course Curriculum for State Agencies and Community Partners

Departmental Affiliation and City, State, Zip for All Authors

Center for Elimination of Disproportionaliy and Disparities - Office of Minority Health and Health Equity, Austin, TX 78723; Center for Elimination of Disproportionaliy and Disparities - Office of Minority Health and Health Equity, Austin, TX 78723; Center for Elimination of Disproportionaliy and Disparities - Office of Minority Health and Health Equity, Austin, TX 78723

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State or Government Agency

Research Presentation Category

Health Disparities

Brief Narrative or Summary

The Center for Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities - Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) developed a Life Course curriculum for state agency and community partners. OMHHE utilized the Life Course Game, created and developed by CityMatCH, as a framework for health equity to guide participants through an interactive experience on the influence of systemic racial inequities on health and disease patterns across the life span. This presentation describes the use of evaluation to inform continued revision and development of the curriculum.

Scientific Abstract

Using Evaluation to Guide the Development of a Life Course Curriculum for State Agencies and Community Partners Angie Cummings, DrPH*, Mia Sneed, MSSW*, Rosanna Barrett, DrPH* *Center for Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities - Office of Minority Health and Health Equity, Health and Human Services Commission, 6330 Hwy 290 East, MC-1479, Austin, Texas 78723 The Center for Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities developed a Life Course curriculum for state agency and community partners. The curriculum focuses on the root causes of racial and ethnic health disparities, aiming for participants to be able to: (1) describe the life course perspective, (2) name specific risk and protective factors impacting a person throughout the life course, and (3) describe specific ways early experiences impact a person’s health later in life. Pre/posttest evaluation results informed continued development of the curriculum throughout spring 2016. Four initial trainings included 104 participants from a state agency and local health department. Pretest statements were specific to the objectives, and attitudes and beliefs about racial and ethnic inequities. Posttest statements included these and others related to the organization and facilitation of the training. Participants rated their level of agreement on a scale of 1 (strongly disagree) to 5 (strongly agree) for each statement. Results indicated increased knowledge related to all three objectives as measured by percent change: 56.59%, 32.22%, and 19.81%, respectively. Attitudes and beliefs toward racial and ethnic inequities were improved. Level of agreement with ten statements increased, ranging from 7.55% to 20.04% change from the pretest. Participants agreed they would recommend this training to others: mean of 4.43 out of 5. Participants in the first two-hour training stated more time was needed. Participants in the revised three-hour training stated more time was needed to discuss interventions specific to their work. These suggestions are being incorporated into a revised four-hour curriculum. Keywords: life course, race equity, and evaluation

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Using Evaluation to Guide Development of a Life Course Curriculum for State Agencies and Community Partners

Using Evaluation to Guide the Development of a Life Course Curriculum for State Agencies and Community Partners Angie Cummings, DrPH*, Mia Sneed, MSSW*, Rosanna Barrett, DrPH* *Center for Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities - Office of Minority Health and Health Equity, Health and Human Services Commission, 6330 Hwy 290 East, MC-1479, Austin, Texas 78723 The Center for Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities developed a Life Course curriculum for state agency and community partners. The curriculum focuses on the root causes of racial and ethnic health disparities, aiming for participants to be able to: (1) describe the life course perspective, (2) name specific risk and protective factors impacting a person throughout the life course, and (3) describe specific ways early experiences impact a person’s health later in life. Pre/posttest evaluation results informed continued development of the curriculum throughout spring 2016. Four initial trainings included 104 participants from a state agency and local health department. Pretest statements were specific to the objectives, and attitudes and beliefs about racial and ethnic inequities. Posttest statements included these and others related to the organization and facilitation of the training. Participants rated their level of agreement on a scale of 1 (strongly disagree) to 5 (strongly agree) for each statement. Results indicated increased knowledge related to all three objectives as measured by percent change: 56.59%, 32.22%, and 19.81%, respectively. Attitudes and beliefs toward racial and ethnic inequities were improved. Level of agreement with ten statements increased, ranging from 7.55% to 20.04% change from the pretest. Participants agreed they would recommend this training to others: mean of 4.43 out of 5. Participants in the first two-hour training stated more time was needed. Participants in the revised three-hour training stated more time was needed to discuss interventions specific to their work. These suggestions are being incorporated into a revised four-hour curriculum. Keywords: life course, race equity, and evaluation