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.