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Evidence-Based Disability and Disease Prevention for Elders

Translating Research into Community-Based Programs

A Workshop for State and Local Leadership Teams

The following summary reflects the discussions among participants of an AHRQ Knowledge Transfer Liaison Program (KTLP) workshop held December 6-7, 2004, in Chicago, IL. The workshop was co-sponsored by the Administration on Aging, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institute on Aging, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. It was designed for teams of State and community leaders who are responsible for disability and disease prevention programs and was designed to assist them in developing or refining evidence-based interventions to help reduce the risk of disease, disability, and injury.

About the Workshop Sponsor


Evidence-based disability and disease prevention shows promise as an approach to alleviating problems associated with an aging population and the projected growth in the number of people with chronic conditions. By implementing interventions that have proven to be effective in reducing the risk of disease, disability, and injury among the elderly, State and local programs will be better able to improve the health status of this vulnerable population.

Efforts based on clear and convincing evidence may help policymakers leverage the resources of Federal, State, and local health and social service agencies, particularly with respect to underserved populations and those who are victims of health disparities.

Summary of Key Workshop Themes

Setting the Stage

What is evidence-based public health?
Who benefits from evidence-based disability and disease prevention?
What are some sources of evidence-based research?

Practical Examples—The Application of Research Findings

Why should we care about falls, and what can be done about them?
How can evidence-based practices be used to improve chronic disease interventions?

Developing Local Programs

Making New Programs Last

What factors influence whether a community-based program for older adults can be sustained over time?
Which innovative programs emanating from community-based organizations will become institutionalized and why?
One model: sustaining evidence-based physical activity programs.

Replicating Chronic Disease Management

How can States best approach disease management?
What are the main components of the Indiana Chronic Disease Management Program (ICDMP)?
What are ICDMP's accomplishments to date?
Are there new developments in the future for ICDMP?

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Campaigns

What kinds of academic and community partnerships have resulted in successful initiatives?

Implementing Evidence-Based Models—Lessons Learned in Disease Prevention

What strategies successfully promote participation of diverse populations?

Developing Physical Fitness Programs

What kinds of evidence-based community-level interventions promote physical activity?
What models have proved successful?

Staying Healthy at 50+

About the Workshop Sponsor

The User Liaison and Research Translation Division (ULRT) uses knowledge transfer and utilization strategies to assist AHRQ stakeholders in adopting health care delivery innovations based on research findings and evidence-based tools. ULRT's knowledge transfer methods include: facilitation of learning networks, Web conferencing, workshops, and technical assistance, as well as other dissemination and diffusion approaches.

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