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Needs and Capacity Assessment Strategies for Health Education and Health Promotion

UW-L Author: Gary D. Gilmore, Ph.D., CHES
Health Education/Health Promotion
Copyright: 2005
Publisher: Jones and Bartlett

Gilmore, Gary D., M. Donald Campbell, and Gary D. Gilmore. Needs and Capacity Assessment Strategies for Health Education and Health Promotion. Sudbury, Mass: Jones and Bartlett, 2005.

The only text of its kind available for health and human service practitioners, the Third Edition of Needs and Capacity Assessment Strategies for Health Education and Health Promotion continues to be a highly regarded practitioner’s guidebook that is used in upper division undergraduate and graduate professional preparation classes. Each one of the twelve chapters in this edition reflects practitioner involvement in needs and capacity assessments. This is truly a hands-on guidebook for those in their professional preparation phases, as well as seasoned practitioners in public health, health care, human service, and other community-based professional endeavors.

From the Foreword by Lawrence Green:

“[The authors'] combination of needs assessment and capacity assessment strategies provides practitioners with the right balance for formative evaluation and planning with community leaders who are cynical about another round of needs assessment that fails to acknowledge the strengths and assets of the community. Capacity assessment offers an antidote to the despair that comes with identifying one’s community problems….As authors of a book on program planning, Marshall Kreuter and I are indebted to Gilmore and Campbell for the pressure their book takes off of us to provide much of the detailed description and procedures of some of the needs and capacity assessment steps in planning that this book provides. Even if we thought we could do it as well, we would be ill advised to repeat much of what is now so well presented and documented in this book.”

About the Author

ince 1974, Dr. Gilmore has resided in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and has held a joint appointment with the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse and the University of Wisconsin-Extension. He is Professor and Director of Graduate Community Health Programs. His prior experiences were in public health and preventive medicine at the Bergen County Health Department (N.J.), and at the Preventive Medicine Unit, General Leonard Wood Hospital, U.S. Army (where he received the Army Commendation Medal in Preventive Medicine). His training in epidemiology and public health is through the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota, with additional training in epidemiology at the New England Epidemiology Institute, Tufts University.

He is the founding and continuing Director of the first Master of Public Health Program (CEPH accredited) offered in the University of Wisconsin System. The program was ranked 6th in the nation by the 2004 U.S. News and World Report ranking of the Best Graduate Programs in Community Health. As an inherent part of his appointment, he also directs the Community Health Programming Unit in Continuing Education and Extension (University of Wisconsin-Extension). He has served on the American Cancer Society National Board of Directors during 1986-1996, and 1999-2002, and is the recipient of the St. George Medal. In his service to the American Cancer Society, Dr. Gilmore has chaired the National Prevention Committee, chaired the National Tobacco and Cancer Committee, chaired the National Science, Planning, and Applications Committee, chaired the National Advisory Committee on the State of the Science in Cancer Prevention, chaired the National Advisory Group on the Implications of Managed Care for Cancer Prevention and Control, and chaired the Tobacco-Free Young American Committee. He served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society-Wisconsin Division, and a Director member of its Board of Directors from 1976 to 1998. Since Division inception in 1999 through Spring 2007, Dr. Gilmore served as a Board member on the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society-Midwest Division. In the Midwest Division, he served as the first chair of the Cancer Control Committee, chair of the Disparities Committee, and currently serves on the International Committee and Research Committee. Additionally, he currently serves as the Immediate Past President of the National Council of Accredited Master of Public Health Programs.

Dr. Gilmore received the 2001 Regents Teaching Excellence Award bestowed by the Board of Regents, University of Wisconsin System. He also received the 1998 Award for Excellence from the University of Wisconsin-Extension.

During 1999-2000, Dr. Gilmore served as the first Fulbright Senior Scholar at the All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health, Calcutta, India. In that capacity, he taught graduate students and medical practitioners in the principles of public health, and conducted population-based research in West Bengal.

Along with his extensive publications in health education and health promotion, Dr. Gilmore completed the third edition of his co-authored text, Needs and Capacity Assessment Strategies for Health Education and Health Promotion, 2005, published by Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Boston.

Dr. Gilmore chaired the six-year National Health Educator Competencies Update Project which sought to validate the entry and advanced-level competencies for health education specialists. He was joined on the Steering Committee by Larry K. Olsen, Dr.PH, CHES and Alyson Taub, Ed.D., CHES. Responses were received from practitioners in all 50 states and the District of Columbia yielding a 70.6% response rate. The results of this national research impact advancements in professional preparation, certification, and professional development. The overview article for this national research appeared in the December 2005 issue of Health Education and Behavior and the November/December 2005 issue of the American Journal of Health Education.

In addition to national research activity, Dr. Gilmore offers his consultation services to local community organizations through the Community Health Programming Unit, Continuing Education and Extension, University of Wisconsin, which he directs. More recently, he served as the Evaluation Consultant for the Youth Violence Prevention Project in the La Crosse Area which was funded by a 2-year Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant.

Dr. Gilmore was appointed in 2004, and reappointed in 2008, by Wisconsin Governor James Doyle to serve on the Wisconsin Public Health Council. The Council is charged with advancing the statewide health plan entitled, Healthiest Wisconsin: 2010, furthering statewide emergency preparedness, and advising the Governor on policies and strategies for public health enhancement. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the Council.

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