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ERIC Number: EJ826344
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-1090-1981
Challenges in Sustaining Public Health Interventions
Altman, David G.
Health Education & Behavior, v36 n1 p24-28 2009
Sustainability remains a key challenge in public health. The perspective article by Fagen and Flay adds to our understanding of technical factors associated with sustaining health interventions in schools. In this commentary, the Fagen and Flay article (2009) is considered within the broader literature on sustainability. By taking a broad view, public health theory and practice might be advanced further. Fagen and Flay illustrate that we have much to learn about sustainability. Questions for future research include: (a) what can we put into place at the systems level to ensure that the short-term efficacy of interventions have a fighting chance to be sustained? (b) considering the challenges inherent in sustainability, what are realistic goals against which to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of interventions found effective in the short-term? and (c) what theories, methods, and strategies in fields outside of public health can be drawn upon to improve work in public health? [For a response to this article by Fagen and Flay, see EJ826345.]
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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