Needs Assessment in Public Health: A Practical Guide for Students and Professionals / Edition 1

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Overview

This volume is for students and practitioners interested in improving their understanding and skills in the area of needs assessment. The text follows the typical sequence of an actual needs assessment process. Case studies are used to illustrate conceptualization of the task through the application of needs-based data to effective public health solutions. Examples are drawn from myriad public health efforts, recognizing that not all public health sector agencies bear direct responsibility for all activities that could be considered part of public health.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Sara Jane Gainor, MBA, LSW, NCAC (West Virginia University)
Description: This book, which can be used by students and practitioners, advocates for the use of needs assessment in public health and provides a foundation for the completion of a needs assessment. The book covers the stages of the needs assessment process with an emphasis on the use of teams and the need for leadership to use this tool to support change and strive for improvement.
Purpose: The purpose is to serve as both a textbook for public health students and a handbook for public health practitioners to improve their understanding and skills in the area of needs assessment. This is a needed work as the importance of needs assessment in the development of programs and policy to improve community health is often overlooked and underused. In addition, providers are often directed to perform needs assessment without the benefit of adequate training. The authors have been successful in providing a step-by-step process for completion of a needs assessment from conceptualization to the task through the application of needs-based data to effective public health solutions.
Audience: This book is written for public health students and practitioners. The information is presented in a fashion that is suitable for both audiences. In my opinion, this information is valuable to any health professional who is attempting to determine direction for policy and program change. I wish I had had this book before my recent attempt at a needs assessment on geriatric education.
Features: The book covers the topic of public health needs assessment from conceptualization to impacting policy in clearly delineated stages of development and step-by-step procedures. The chapters are arranged in the sequence of an actual needs assessment and follow a logical progression from idea to outcomes. The authors use three case examples to provide a view of the practical application of the principles presented throughout the entire process. I appreciate the use of charts and lists to make the text easier to read and the use of examples to illustrate important points in the process. I found the chapters on effecting solutions, teams, and leadership refreshing and motivating.
Assessment: I have high praise for this book. It is practical and provides useful information for both the public health student and practitioner on a topic that is important to successful program development and advocacy. I plan to use this book as a guide for my own needs assessments in the future.
From the Publisher
"The book is practical and provides useful information for both the public health students and practitioners on a topic that is important to successful program development and advocacy."
(CHOICE, (2002)
"This book would also be an excellent resource for classroom teaching. The authors have provided though-provoking and challenging discussion questions at the end of each chapter that could be used to guide a class through the assessment process. In a class in which students are actually charged with completing a community assessment, this book would be an invaluable tool. I would recommend this book to public health professionals, and to teachers working with students of health education, public health, nursing and public policy. It is brief, to the point and full of useful tools for anyone planning a community needs assessment."
(Health Education Research (2002)
"Given the dual purpose of this book as a textbook for students and a handbook for professionals, the chapters follow the typical sequence of an actual needs-assessment process: Case studies are used to illustrate conceptualization of the task, followed by the application of needs-based data, which is followed by the creation of effective public health solutions."
(Administration and Policy in Mental Health, 30:6 (2003)
Booknews
A textbook for public health students and a handbook for professionals interest in improving their understanding and skills in assessing needs. Petersen and Alexander (both public health, U. of Alabama-Birmingham) follow the typical sequence of an actual needs assessment process, from conceiving the task through the applying needs-based data to effective public health solutions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306465307
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 5/11/2001
  • Edition description: 2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 139
  • Sales rank: 1,237,253
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface. Acknowledgments. I. The Context for Needs Assessment: Past, Present and Future. II. The Process of Needs Assessment. III. Data Sources for Public Health Needs Assessment. IV. Communicating Needs for Community Action. V. The Selection and Use of Indicators. VI. Determining and Developing Solutions: The Importance of Goals and Objectives. VII. Effecting Program and Policy Solutions. VIII. The Needs Assessment Team. IX. A Call for Leadership. List of Figures. List of Tables. References. Index.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2003

    Excerpt from Administration And Policy in Mental Health Vol. 30, Issue 6, July 2003

    'Given the dual purpose of this book as a textbook for students and a handbook for professionals, the chapters follow the typical sequence of an actual needs-assessment process: Case studies are used to illustrate conceptualization of the task, followed by the application of needs-based data, which is followed by the creation of effective public health solutions.'

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