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To track impact, Tulane PRC relaunches toolkits online

Acquiring information is a first step to helping communities become healthier, and the Tulane Prevention Research Center is relaunching three of its most recent toolkit publications to re-invigorate interest and track the impact these materials may have with the community.

Since its inception in 1998, the Tulane PRC has created an excellent library of educational and scientific materials – from reports to research briefs to articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals – and has posted them on its website prc.tulane.edu. The Tulane PRC toolkits, in particular, are designed to be used by readers from different backgrounds to implement a program, project, or activity.

Three recent toolkits have been re-launched on the PRC's website this year:
– Louisiana and New Orleans School Crossing Guard Manual: Adult crossing guards play an important role in ensuring the safety of children when arriving to and departing from school. This manual serves as an update to the New Orleans, LA., crossing guard manual and serves as the first statewide crossing guard manual in Louisiana. Other municipalities or states can use this manual to enhance school transportation safety in their areas.
– Eat Dat! Cookbook: Based on feedback from the Tulane PRC community partners, this cookbook features healthy and affordable recipes, as well as tips on grocery shopping, food storage, and healthy eating. It can be used by individuals or programs focused on nutrition education and improved eating patterns.
– Capacity Building for Health: A Toolkit for New Orleans’ Community Organizations: The intent of this toolkit is to provide technical assistance for neighborhood associations, other community-based organizations, and nonprofits within New Orleans for all aspects of organization and function within the community, thereby fostering growth and sustainable development.

In conjunction with the three toolkits' relaunch, a new feature on the PRC website asks visitors that download a toolkit to share more information about how they will use the material. This feature is a short form that will take only a few seconds to complete and asks for some basic information: email address, how the person intends to use the material, and how they would categorize themselves, for example, as either a student or public health employee. All this information remains confidential and will not be used for publication in any distributed lists.

"In the past, we knew that residents in New Orleans and elsewhere were putting our materials to use because we heard and documented the feedback from our partners telling us that. But there were likely many others we had not heard from," said Carolyn Johnson, Tulane PRC director. "Knowing more about who is using our information and how people are translating our materials is extremely important because it can help show the impact and reach of the PRC, information that is important overall and especially to our primary funder, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."

All toolkits are available for free download on the Tulane PRC's Publications page under the sub-heading "Toolkits."

Topics:   health communication , training , built environment , food environment , community advisory board , community health

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