Best Practices

The Best Practices Section of the Portal is a searchable list of chronic disease prevention and health promotion interventions which provides program planners and public health practitioners with easy and immediate access to successful public health programs, interventions and policies that have been evaluated and have the potential to be adapted and used.

Featured Best Practices

  • Violence Intervention Program

    Categories associated with best practice:

    • Adults (age 35-49)
    • Behaviour change
    • Employment and working conditions
    • Health Care Setting
    • Individual education/skill development
    • Preventing Violence
    • Social environmental support
    • Young adult (age 18-34)

    Researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine have found that a hospital-based violence intervention program can help break the cycle of violence and violent crimes that often lead to traumatic injuries. The foundation to develop Violence Intervention Program …

  • Mailed Reminder for Appointment Keeping for Colonoscopy Screening

    Categories associated with best practice:

    • Adults (age 35-49)
    • Cancer
    • Health Care Setting
    • Health Literacy
    • Screening (e.g., cancer screening, hypertension screening, etc.)

    In an effort to reduce non-adherence to screening colonoscopy, the referring physician’s office mails patients a one-page, two-sided brochure shortly after they receive referrals for a colonoscopy procedure. This program is an example of Client reminder interventions and small media …

  • Women’s Health Trial: Feasibility Study in Minority Populations (WHTFSMP)

    Categories associated with best practice:

    • Community/ Neighbourhood
    • Culture
    • Female
    • Healthy Eating
    • Income and social status
    • Individual education/skill development
    • Older adults (age 50-69)

    The Women’s Health Trial: Feasibility Study in Minority Populations (WHTFSMP) was a multi-center randomized trial in 1991-1995 sponsored by the National Cancer Institute. The WHTFSMP involved 2,208 women from Atlanta, Birmingham, and Miami, and its goals were to reduce fat …