Public Health Live / T2B2: Confronting Health Disparities: Obesity and Prevention in African American Communities

Organization that developed training: University of Albany School of Public Health

Description: More than one-third of U.S. adults (over 72 million people) and 17% of U.S. children are obese; substantial differences exist in obesity prevalence by race/ethnicity, and these differences vary by sex and age. The prevalence of obesity among adults from 2007-2010 was largest among African American women compared with white and Mexican American women and men. Obesity prevalence among African American adults was the largest compared to other race ethnicity groups. Obesity increases the risk of many preventable health conditions, including heart disease, stroke and diabetes. African Americans live sicker and die younger than any other ethnic group in the nation. African Americans have the largest death rates from heart disease and stroke compared with other racial and ethnic populations.

This program focuses on the reality of African-American health disparity–why it exists and the impact of environment, income and other determinants of health on the incidence of diabetes, obesity and heart disease within African American communities, and what can be done about it.

Year Launched: 2015

Recommended for: Public Health Foundation-defined Tier 1 Public Health Professionals

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Planning and Implementing Evidenced-Based HIV Outreach and Prevention Strategies for MSM and Transgender People: Model Programs and Tools

Organization that developed training: National LGBT Health Education Center, The Fenway Institute

Description: This session focuses on best and promising practices in reaching transgender women and black men who have sex with men. The presenters will share preliminary findings from research studies that are being implemented by the Fenway Institute and their own experiences on how to engage high risk transgender women and black MSM in HIV prevention and treatment.

Year Launched: 2013

Recommended for: Public Health Foundation-defined Tier 2 Public Health Professionals

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Developing Evidence-Based Programs (WISH, Module 4)

Organization that developed training: North Caroline Institute for Public Health

Description: This training provides an overview of evidence-based practices and policies in the context of women’s health and how they drive program improvements and lead to better health outcomes. It is the fourth training in a six-part series, called the Women’s Integrated Systems for Health (WISH) Online Training Series, designed for those public health and/or mental health professionals who oversee health programs and services for adolescent girls and women of reproductive age. The series focuses on key components of an integrated approach to promoting the health of women during late adolescence and throughout the child-bearing years. This training series arose from the need for practice-based tools that advance multi-disciplinary partnership, community engagement and using evidence-based approaches grounded in proven theoretical models.


  • Define evidence-based practices and policies and potential impact on public health programs
  • Define levels of evidence
  • Describe two sources of evidence-based programs
  • Describe the role of policy in improving integration of care
  • Identify mechanisms for monitoring and evaluating programs and policies

Year Launched: 2012

Recommended for: Public Health Foundation-defined Tier 2 Public Health Professionals

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