The nature evidence in public health: Perspectives from health promotion
Date: December 15
Times: 13h00 to 14h15 Eastern Time (Montréal)
Presenter: David McQueen
Format: 45-minute presentation and 30-minute facilitated discussion and Q&A
Abstract: This Webinar begins with a brief description of the past ten years of the IUHPE's flagship programme on health promotion effectiveness. It examines the context in which the search for evidence developed. It takes a critical look at the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and difficulties of assessing evidence in a complex field. It discusses how the field of evidence gathering has developed in relationship to the changing notions of evidence. The Webinar outlines the differences in the concepts of evidence, effectiveness and evaluation. Some key challenges in assessing evidence are identified.
Key words: Evidence, effectiveness, casualty, evaluation, and health promotion practice.
Biography: Dr. David McQueen (IUHPE Immediate Past President & formerly, Associate Director for Global Health Promotion Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Dr. David McQueen is a global health consultant, having retired in March 2011 after dedicating 19 years of service to the CDC, where his most recent role was Associate Director for Global Health Promotion in the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Dr. McQueen has contributed greatly to the field of public health throughout his career, and has been an outspoken voice for applying evidence-based health promotion strategies and existing infrastructures to address chronic diseases around the globe. Before joining CDC, Dr. McQueen was Professor and Founding Director of the Research Unit in Health and Behavioural Change at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland (1983-1992) and Associate Professor of Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health in Baltimore (1979-1983). Since 1965 he has held numerous other academic appointments from universities in the U.S., Germany, Belgium, Scotland, and China. He serves on numerous committees and is the Chair of the External Advisory Council for the University of Alberta School of Public Health.
References and optional preparatory readings:
- The Evidence of Health Promotion Effectiveness – Shaping Public Health in a New Europe, IUHPE/EC, Brussels,1999.
- McQueen DV., & Jones CM., eds. Global Perspectives on Health Promotion Effectiveness. New York: Springer Science & Business Media, 2007.
- Jones CM, Amuyunzu-Nyamongo M, Broesskamp-Stone U, de Salazar L, Fawcett S, Hills M, et al. The global programme on health promotion effectiveness (GPHPE). In: McQueen DV., & Jones CM., eds. Global Perspectives on Health Promotion Effectiveness. New York: Springer Science & Business Media, 2007, p.13-40.
- McQueen DV. Evidence and theory:continuing debates on evidence and effectiveness. In: McQueen DV., & Jones CM., eds. Global Perspectives on Health Promotion Effectiveness. New York: Springer Science & Business Media, 2007 p.281-303.
- Rootman I , Goodstadt M, Hyndman B, McQueen D, Potvin L, Springett, J. et al.(Eds.) Evaluation in Health Promotion: Principles and Perspectives, WHO Regional Publications, European Series, No. 92. 2001.
- Corbin JH, Mittelmark MB. Partnership lessons from the Global Programme for Health Promotion Effectiveness: a case study. Health Promotion International, Vol. 23 No. 4, 2008: 365-371.
- Potvin L, McQueen DV. Editors, Health Promotion Evaluation Practice in the Americas: Values and Research,: New York: Springer Publishing, 2008.
- Amuyunzu-Nyamongo M, Nyamwaya D. (Eds.), Evidence of health promotion effectiveness in Africa, Nairobi, Kenya: African Institute for health and Development, 2009.
- Special issue on GPHPE: What is the Effectiveness of using Evidence? Global Health Promotion March 2011: 18.