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Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, de Beaumont Foundation. 2015. PH WINS: Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey . Arlington, VA: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, multiple items.

Annotation: These resources draw from the first nationally representative survey of individual state health agency workers about work force development priorities, the workplace environment, and key national initiatives. Topics include systems thinking; communicating persuasively; and change management, flexibility, and adaptability. Contents include key survey findings, access to the data and a journal supplement, an infographic, and additional resources.

Contact: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, 2231 Crystal Drive, Suite 450, Arlington, VA 22202, Telephone: (202) 371-9090 Fax: (571) 527-3189 Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Attitudes, Communication skills, Decision making skills, Environmental influences, Measures, National surveys, Organizational change, Problem solving, Professional development, State health agencies, Transitions, Work force, Workplace

Kearney MS, Levine PB. 2014. Media influences on social outcomes: The impact of MTV's 16 and pregnant on teen childbearing. Cambridge, MA: National Bureau of Economic Research, 43 pp. (NBER working paper series no. 19795)

Annotation: This paper explores the impact of a reality television series, MTV's 16 and Pregnant, on adolescent attitudes and outcomes. Contents include background information on the show's content and previous research on the impact of media exposure; a description of the data including Nielson ratings, Google trends, and Twitter activity; a descriptive analysis of adolescents' exposure to the show; and analyses of high frequency data on searches and tweets and data on adolescent births. Topics include changes in searches and tweets, geographic variation in viewership, and changes in adolescent birth rates.

Contact: National Bureau of Economic Research, 1050 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138-5398, Telephone: (617) 868-3900 Fax: (617) 868-2742 E-mail: Web Site: $5.

Keywords: , Abortion, Adolescent attitudes, Attitude change, Behavior modification, Contraception, Economic factors, Health behavior, Interactive media, Media, Outcome evaluation, Sexual behavior

Cashman J, Linehan P, Purcell L, Rosser M, Schultz S, Skalski S. 2014. Leading by convening: A blueprint for authentic engagement. Alexandria, VA: National Association of State Directors of Special Education, 101 pp.

Annotation: This document outlines a strategy of partnership that builds connections and fosters authentic engagement through convening and shared leadership. Topics include building engagement, coalescing around issues, ensuring relevant participation, doing the work together, and meeting to co-create tools and learning activities. Tools and learning activities are included.

Contact: National Association of State Directors of Special Education, , 225 Reinekers Lane, Suite 420, Alexandria, VA 22314, Telephone: (703) 519-3800 Fax: (703) 519-3808 Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Attitude change, Behavior change, Collaboration, Leadership, Public private partnerships, Relationships, Social learning, Trust

Sorenson D, Brittin J, Frerichs L, Trowbridge M, Huang TT-K. 2014. Moving schools forward: A design recipe for health–Buckingham County primary & secondary school, Dillwyn, VA. Charlottesville, VA: VMDO Architects, 7 pp.

Annotation: This document examines the potential of school architecture and design to promote healthy eating and physical activity behaviors. It describes a mixed-methods evaluation research design that included data collection from students and staff in schools before and after the intervention. Topics include organizational change, children's attitudes toward school, conception of new space, and need for social intervention.

Keywords: Attitudes, Case studies, Collaboration, Facility design and construction, Feasibility studies, Health promotion, Multidisciplinary teams, Obesity, Organizational change, Physical activity, Prevention programs, Program evaluation, Public private partnerships, School age children, Schools, Social factors, Students

Lawner EK, Terzian MA. 2013. What works for bullying programs: Lessons from experimental evaluations of programs and interventions. Bethesda, MD: Child Trends, 9 pp.

Annotation: This report synthesizes findings from experimental evaluations of 17 bullying programs for children and adolescents. Topics include how frequently these programs work to improve the outcomes of physical and verbal bullying, social and relational bullying, bullying victimization, attitudes toward bullying, and being a bystander of bullying.

Contact: Child Trends, 7315 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 1200 W, Bethesda, MD 20814, Telephone: (240) 223-9200 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Adolescents, Attitude change, Behavior modification, Bullying, Children, Community programs, Outcome evaluation, Program evaluation

FrameWorks Institute. 2011. Framing children's oral health for public attention and support: A FrameWorks MessageMemo (rev.). Washington, DC: FrameWorks Institute, 14 pp.

Annotation: This paper presents information about how the environment affects child health advocates’ ability to communicate effectively about children’s oral health. Topics include the conceptual frameworks used to reason about children’s oral health versus those evident in news coverage and in professional materials. Efforts to measures success in increasing awareness, understanding, and support for key policies are also addressed.

Contact: FrameWorks Institute, 1333 H Street, N.W., Suite 700 West, Washington, DC 20005, E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Advocacy, Attitude change, Children, Communication, Community participation, Oral health, Policy development, Public awareness campaigns, Public opinion, Research

Rady Children's Hospital San Diego, Center for Healthier Communities. 2010. Pre-natal providers' oral health knowledge doesn't equal behavior. [San Diego, CA]: Rady Children's Hospital San Diego, Center for Healthier Communities, 1 p. (Community health brief)

Annotation: This brief presents findings from a survey of obstetrician-gynecologists and certified nurse-midwives to compare the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors related to oral health as part of prenatal care. Contents include background, training in oral health care during residency, differences in knowledge and behavior among recent and earlier graduates, and barriers in translating oral health knowledge into practice.

Contact: Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego, 3020 Children's Way, San Diego, CA 92123, Telephone: (858) 576-1700 Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Attitude change, Barriers, Behavior change, Comparative analysis, Gynecologists, Internship and residency, Knowledge level, Nurse-midwives, Obstetricians, Oral health, Prenatal care, Research, Training

Guttmacher Institute. 2009. A real-time look at the impact of the recession on women's family planning and pregnancy decisions. New York, NY: Guttmacher Institute, 9 pp.

Annotation: This report discusses the impact of the economic downturn on women's fertility-related needs, behavior, and attitudes and also on their ability to obtain family planning services. It examines (1) how women feel the current economy has affected them; (2) changes in preferences concerning whether or when to have a child; (3) women's attitudes toward contraception; (4) patterns in contraceptive method choices and sources of payment for contraceptive prescriptions; (5) challenges women face in obtaining family planning services; and (6) connections that women see between the economy, their fertility, and their families' economic well-being. The data for the report comes from a national, online survey of 947 women aged 18-34 conducted by the Guttmacher Institute in 2009.

Contact: Guttmacher Institute, 125 Maiden Lane, New York, NY 10038, Telephone: (212) 248-1111 Secondary Telephone: (800) 355-0244 Fax: (212) 248-1951; Washington, D.C. Office (202) 223-5756 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Attitude change, Contraceptive use, Economic factors, Family planning, Reproductive behavior, Women's health, Women's health services

FrameWorks Institute. 2009. Watch Your Mouth: A FrameWorks eWorkshop on children's oral health. Washington, DC: FrameWorks Institute,

Annotation: This self-guided eWorkshop explores how Americans think about children's oral health, and how communications strategies can reframe the issue to build support for the reforms that advocates put forward to improve the oral health system. It also introduces the Watch Your Mouth public awareness campaign. The eWorkshop is intended to provide advocates and experts with a clear understanding of both the state of public understanding of children's oral health, and the tools needed to lead the public to a more informed understanding of the need for systemic change. The resource contains slides, audio, video, exercises, and links to outside resources.

Contact: FrameWorks Institute, 1333 H Street, N.W., Suite 700 West, Washington, DC 20005, E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Attitude change, Children, Diffusion of innovation, Distance education, Oral health, Program improvement, Public awareness campaigns, Public policy, Systems development

FrameWorks Institute. 2005. Framing public issues. Washington, DC: FrameWorks Institute, 60 pp.

Annotation: This toolkit is designed to help issues advocates document how the public understands various social issues and how they can frame the public discourse on those issues to advance policy outcomes. The toolkit describes strategic frame analysis, an approach to communicating social issues that incorporates key concepts from the cognitive and social sciences that govern how people process information, especially news, with special emphasis on social problems. Contents include information on strategic planning and elements and techniques for framing a message. A checklist, definitions, and a bibliography are included.

Contact: FrameWorks Institute, 1333 H Street, N.W., Suite 700 West, Washington, DC 20005, E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Adults, Advocacy, Attitude change, Children, Communication, Community participation, Oral health, Policy development, Public opinion, Research, Social problems

Barnes-Josiah D, Fitzgerald M, ed. 2004. Undoing racism in public health: A blueprint for action in urban MCH. Omaha, NE: CityMatCH, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 55 pp.

Annotation: This report, which focuses on strategies for eliminating racism and racial disparities in public health, is divided into three main sections. Section 1 examines the scientific basis for racism as a determinant of health status and health disparities, and how institutional racism manifests in health care and health departments. Section 2 provides an overview of existing directions, options, and resources for eliminating racism. Section 3 outlines a series of activities for a local public health-based initiative for eliminating racism. The report includes three appendices: (1) assessing institutional readiness and priorities for eliminating racism in local public health agencies, (2) a list of relevant organizations, and (3) a list of workgroup participants.

Contact: CityMatCH, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Department of Pediatrics, 982170 Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE 68198-2170, Telephone: (402) 552-9500 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Attitude change, Attitudes, Health care, Health status, Initiatives, Public health, Public health agencies, Racial discrimination, Racism, Resource materials

Movement Strategy Center, Young Wisdom Project. 2004. Making space, making change: Profiles of youth-led and youth-driven organizations. [Oakland, CA]: Young Wisdom Project, Movement Strategy Center, 79 pp.

Annotation: This report provides background on youth-led organizations and highlights five youth-led social justice efforts, describing the lessons they have learned and the tools they have developed. The organizations are: (1) Youth Organizations United (HIV education and reproductive health policy), (2) Lummi CEDAR Project (respecting traditional values, building intergenerational bridges, and supporting youth-led community organizing, (3) Kids As Self Advocates (educating about youth with disabilities), (4) About Face Youth Theater (empowering lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth and their allies), and (5) National Conference for Community and Justice (fighting bias, bigotry, and racism).

Keywords: Adolescent attitudes, Adolescent sexuality, Adolescents, Adolescents with special health care needs, Advocacy, Chronic illnesses and disabilities, Collaboration, Community organizations, Community programs, Education, HIV infection, Leadership, Moral values, Participation, Public policy, Racism, Reproductive health, Social change, Social values, Young adults

Fetterman DM, Kaftarian SJ, Wandersman A, eds. 1996. Empowerment evaluation: Knowledge and tools for self-assessment and accountability. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 411 pp.

Annotation: This book presents the theory and practice of empowerment evaluation, with an emphasis on the arenas of human services and public health. The book contains essays which examine the basic theory, philosophical framework, and examples of the application of empowerment evaluation. The examples include activism in the African American community, collaboration between community organizations, women's services organizations, community health initiatives, quality issues, and technical assistance. Author and subject indexes are included.

Contact: Sage Publications, 2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320-2218, Telephone: (805) 499-9774 Secondary Telephone: (800)818-7243 Fax: (805) 499-0871 E-mail: Web Site: $29.50 plus $3.50 shipping and handling for the first item and $1.00 for each additional item. Document Number: ISBN 0-7619-0025-X.

Keywords: Accountability, Assessment, Attitude change, Collaboration, Community based services, Community development, Evaluation, Public health, Qualitative evaluation

Blankenhorn D, Bayme S, Elshtain JB, eds. 1990. Rebuilding the nest: A new commitment to the American family. Milwaukee, WI: Family Service America, 264 pp.

Annotation: This book resulted from the "What Do Families Do?" conference held at Stanford University on November 9-12, 1989, and discusses the decline of the American family. Contributing authors analyze the current status of American family citing surveys of attitudes and conditions. The causes of this decline are investigated by looking at various religious viewpoints, civic life, and values. The book is divided into three parts. The first part focuses on the conditions of contemporary family life and investigates whether the institution of family is in trouble. The second part turns to the causes and examines changing values and social institutions. The final part discusses solutions and challenges facing the family in the future.

Contact: Alliance for Children and Families, 11700 West Lake Park Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53224-3099, Telephone: (414) 359-1040 Fax: (414) 359-1074 E-mail: Web Site: Available in libraries. Document Number: ISBN 0-87304-242-5.

Keywords: Attitude change, Divorce, Families, Family characteristics, Fathers, Marriage, Single mothers, Working mothers

President's Task Force on the Physically Handicapped. 1970. A national effort for the physically handicapped. No place: President's Task Force on the Physically Handicapped; Washington, DC: for sale by U.S. Government Printing Office, 34 pp.

Annotation: This report discusses assisting handicapped people to achieve maximum independence, security, and dignity. It views the effectiveness of existing programs operated by governmental and private voluntary agencies, recommends methods for improving the quality of services and coordinating these programs, proposes ways to increase community awareness and action in the interest of the handicapped, develops recommendations for legislation or executive governmental action, and suggests how private and voluntary groups could more effectively aid the handicapped.

Keywords: Attitude change, Federal legislation, Federal programs, Physical disabilities, Private sector, Special health care needs


This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U02MC31613, MCH Advanced Education Policy, $3.5 M. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.