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Across the Board: How multilevel interventions can improve the health of our communities
Tuesday, March 19th, 2013, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST
As the social ecological framework shows there are several levels -- including intrapersonal, interpersonal, organizational, community, and policy— and that determinants within these levels interact with one another to influence behavior and health outcomes. Studies have shown multilevel interventions which address determinants at a number of levels and mutually reinforce one another produce longer and more sustained effects than interventions that target only one level. 1 Join us March 19th as we explore multilevel interventions, how to design them, and how to implement them in communities.
March’s cyber-seminar will feature Drs. Megan Lewis and Christina Economos. Dr. Lewis will provide an overview of multilevel interventions and the research behind this type of approach including a discussion of five strategies for increasing potential complementarity or synergy among interventions that operate at different levels of influence. Dr. Economos will then share a concrete example of how one community has implemented a multilevel intervention to address obesity. Shape-Up Somerville is a collaborative initiative in Massachusetts and is designed to increase daily physical activity and healthy eating through multiple levels including programming, physical infrastructure improvements, and policy work.
1Weiner BJ, Lewis MA, Clauser SB, Stitzenberg KB. In Search of Synergy: Strategies for Combining Interventions at Multiple Levels. J Natl Cancer Inst Monogr 2012;44:34–41
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Megan Lewis, PhD
Senior Research Scientist
Health Communication Program
Christina Economos, PhD
Associate Director, John Hancock Research Center on Physical Activity, Nutrition, & Obesity Prevention;
Associate Professor, Gerald J. & Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and the School of Medicine, Tufts University
Please click on the following link for more information and to register for this event: https://researchtoreality.cancer.gov/cyber-seminars.
Following registration, you will receive a confirmation email with the toll free number, web URL, and participant passcode. This cyber-seminar will be archived on the Research to Reality (R2R) web site at http://researchtoreality.cancer.gov approximately one week following the presentation.
If you have missed any of the previous cyber-seminars, you can view them all on the R2R Archive. Watch the presentations, and join in the discussions. For more information on the cyber-seminar series please email ResearchtoReality@mail.nih.gov.