Webinar Series

The Florida BRACE Program hosts a regular webinar series. Our next webinar will be:.

Florida Neighborhood Analysis of Societal Determinants and their Relationship to Life Expectancy Rates

Presented by Bertram Melix, a PhD student in the Geography Department at Florida State University.

Differences in life expectancy rates between neighborhoods, can in part, be attributed to the social determinants of health, or local conditions where people work, live, and age. Characteristics of local residents such as race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, housing status, household structure, and retirement status have established links to health. This study moves beyond prior research to include more specific factors such as access to an automobile, living in mobile homes, persons per household, recipients of Social Security benefits, and female-headed households. These social vulnerability indicators are drawn from a public health dataset detailing factors meant to indicate which individuals are at risk to be harmed by natural and/or human caused disasters in Florida. In this webinar, graduate student Bertram Melix will discuss the results of a study designed to identify and evaluate how community-based risk factors contribute to differences in life expectancy rates across neighborhoods in Florida.

You can join the webinar at noon on Friday, November 8 from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

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Past Webinars

Webinar: Volusia County's "Beat the Heat" Evaluation Plan

Presented by Suzanne Grubbs, Epidemiology Manager, and Jeanine Robinson, Environmental Health Facilities Program Manager, Volusia County Department of Health

Each summer, Florida experiences hot and humid conditions that increase the risk of heat-related illness. In this webinar, you will hear from the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County who developed an evaluation plan to assess the effectiveness of their Beat the Heat education campaign. The campaign activities are designed to increase public awareness about the risks and prevention of heat-related illness through mass media, presentations, educational material distribution, and social media strategies. Learn about the steps taken to create key evaluation questions, the importance of engaged stakeholders, and data analysis tools. Webinar participants will hear about challenges and solutions to evaluation plan development as well as lessons learned for future planning. The "Beat the Heat" evaluation webinar, originally hosted on August 16, 2019, was recorded and can be viewed above or on YouTube at https://youtu.be/7XYBh8LQKW0.

Webinar: An Introduction to Evaluation

Evaluation is an important component of any program's development, but it is often an afterthought or neglected when an agency has many other pressing priorities. But the systematic collection of information about activities, characteristics, and outcomes of programs can be used to make judgements about the program, improve program effectiveness, and/or inform decisions about future program development.

Looking at evaluation specifically through the lens of public health, the CDC defines it as "a systematic way to improve and account for public health actions by involving procedures that are useful, feasible, ethical, and accurate." In an effort to focus on building the capacity of public health departments and to get health officials and community partners thinking about evaluation before The 45-minute presentation,co-presented by Drs. Tisha Holmes and Ava Holt, covers the basics of evaluation, the evaluation life cycle, and evaluation components using a real-world example. In addition to providing a good primer on evaluation, the evaluation webinar was developed to support the funding opportunity announcement presently in circulation to public health departments and community partners. The evaluation webinar, originally hosted on January 17, 2018, was recorded and can be viewed above or on YouTube at https://youtu.be/70frQjfiix0.