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Evidence Based Public Health Policy

“Evidence Based Public Health Policy” 

Continuing Education Credits are Available. See attachment.


Meeting Description:

(NACCHO and CityMatCH co-produce "Emerging Issues in MCH" (E-MCH) webinars, presenting current research, policy and practice strategies on critical issues in US public health)

It has long been known that public health policy has a profound effect upon health status. Each of the ten great public health advancements of the twentieth century has been influenced by policy changes. Yet, formulation of health policies is a complex process, relying on a variety of scientific, economic, social and political forces. All too frequently, the gap between what research shows is effective and the policies that are enacted is wide.

In this webinar, Dr. Brownson will describe the elements of evidence-based public health policy, identify key barriers and challenges globally, and explain strategies for overcoming some of these barriers. Drs. Brownson and Carroll will share approaches and strategies local public health departments can employ as they move toward evidence-based approaches. Key principles will be illustrated through the use of case studies.

Learning Objectives

    • Define “Evidence Based Public Health Policy" and its impact on the health of women, children and families.
    • Describe some important barriers and challenges globally.
    • Describe strategies for overcoming some of these barriers.
    • Identify at least two approaches & resources for local public health departments related to “Evidence Based Public Health Policy."
    • Describe principles using case studies.

NACCHO and CityMatCH have been renewed by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention to provide continuing education credits (CME, CNE, CECH, and CEU's) for the Emerging Issues in Maternal and Child Health Series beginning October 20, 2009 through October 20, 2011. To view the accreditation statement, please visit

Date: Thu, Dec 17, 2009
Time: 03:00 PM EST
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Host(s): CityMatCH & NACCHO Maureen Fitzgerald, MPA - host


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 Presenter Information
Dr. Ross C. Brownson
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Dr. Brownson is a leader in the field of evidence-based public health and an expert in chronic disease prevention and applied epidemiology. A professor at Washington University’s Brown School, Dr. Brownson serves on the Faculty Advisory Council of the University's Institute for Public Health and has a joint appointment with the School of Medicine.

He co-directs the CDC-funded Prevention Research Center jointly led by Washington University and Saint Louis University that develops innovative approaches to chronic disease prevention. He leads numerous other research and training projects funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, etc.

Brownson is associate editor of the Annual Review of Public Health, on the editorial board of five journals, a board member of the American College of Epidemiology and editor or author of Chronic Disease Epidemiology and Control, Applied Epidemiology, Evidence-Based Public Health, and Community-Based Prevention.

Matt Carroll, JD
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Matt Carroll is the Director of the City of Cleveland Department of Public Health.

Matt began his professional career as an attorney with Baker & Hostetler. Matt began his government and non-profit service by joining Cleveland’s Department of Law, and continued in management positions with ParkWorks, a non-profit green space development organization, and the Cuyahoga County Department of Human Services. At Cuyahoga County, Matt was a Senior Manager for Cuyahoga Health & Nutrition, the agency primarily responsible for the administration of social service benefits, including food stamps, Medicaid, and day care.

Matt received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Brown University and law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

Matt has volunteered for a variety of Cleveland nonprofit organizations, including having served as president of the boards of the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland and Merrick House.