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March 19, 2013 2:00PM - 3:00PM EDT

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. 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.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the cyber-seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the research behind multilevel interventions.
  • Understand how to increase synergy among interventions that operate different levels of influence.
  • Describe a example of a multilevel intervention and how it has been used to address obesity issues in Massachusetts.

Presenters

Senior Research Scientist,

Health Communication Program,

RTI International

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 theSchool of Medicine,

Tufts University

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Technical Requirements

The Cyber-Seminars use Microsoft Live Meeting. Your computer must be able to view Windows Media Player Files (WMV).

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