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Designing for the Dissemination of Environmental and Policy Initiatives and Programs for High-Risk Groups

Neville Owen, Ana Goode, Brianna Fjeldsoe, Takemi Sugiyama and Elizabeth Eakin

in Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199751877
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199933242 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751877.003.0006
Designing for the Dissemination of Environmental and Policy Initiatives and Programs for High-Risk Groups

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Using examples from the field of physical activity and health, this chapter illustrates: designing for the dissemination of population-based environmental and policy approaches; and designing for the dissemination of broad-reach programs for groups with significant health disparities—adults living with chronic disease. These two approaches are complementary, reflecting Geoffrey Rose's perspective on the strategy of preventive medicine: that overall health is improved by both population-wide and high-risk approaches. While the examples in the chapter focus mainly on physical activity, the principles may be applied to other health behaviors, and to other topics in public health.

Keywords: physical activity; health; population-based programs; environmental policy; health policy; preventive medicine

Chapter.  5877 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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