Michael C Fagen

Michael C Fagen
Northwestern University | NU · Feinberg School of Medicine

PhD, MPH

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27
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3 Research Items
508 Citations
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Additional affiliations
August 2007 - August 2014
University of Illinois at Chicago
Position
  • Clinical Associate Professor and Director, MidAmerica Center for Public Health Practice

Publications

Publications (27)
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Structural change approaches, also called policy, systems, and environmental change approaches, have been increasingly promoted and adopted by public ealth agencies in the past decade. These interventions require attention to multilevel, complex and contextual influences on individual and community health outcomes, requiring a sound theoretical fra...
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Objective: We assessed the practices of U.S. population-based birth defects surveillance programs in addressing current and emergent public health needs. Methods: Using the CDC Strategic Framework considerations for public health surveillance (i.e., lexicon and standards, legal authority, technological advances, workforce, and analytic capacity)...
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Birth defects remain a leading cause of infant mortality in the United States and contribute substantially to health care costs and lifelong disabilities. State population-based surveillance systems have been established to monitor birth defects, yet no recent systematic examination of their efforts in the United States has been conducted. To under...
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Facing shrinking budgets and fewer resources, the public health community is in critical need to have the most skilled workforce to respond to the multiple challenges of the 21st century in the most effective way. But is the current workforce up to the challenge? Despite the trend towards additional training for public health workers, we still face...
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Public health is increasingly emphasizing policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) change as a key strategy for population-level health promotion and disease prevention. When applied to childhood obesity, this strategy typically involves school systems, since children spend large portions of their days in school and are heavily influenced by this e...
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There are important practical and ethical considerations for organizations in conducting their own, or commissioning external, evaluations and for both practitioners and evaluators, when assessing programs built on strongly held ideological or philosophical approaches. Assessing whether programs "work" has strong political, financial, and/or moral...
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Objectives: Water quality communication practices vary widely and stakeholder input has not played a role in defining acceptable levels of risk. Although the 2012 Recreational Water Quality Criteria (RWQC) emphasize the importance of promptly notifying the public about hazardous conditions, little is known about the public's understanding of notif...
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Evaluation of prevention strategies is an essential component of public health research especially in the face of new weight being placed on strategies that deliver specific, measurable health outcomes to address chronic disease. Evaluation can help to refine program delivery, gauge effectiveness, and provide evidence for continuing support. Howeve...
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This article presents an adapted version of an established model for assessing community readiness along with an illustrative case example from the evaluation of Positive Action, a school-based social and character development intervention, implemented as part of a randomized controlled trial in Chicago Public Schools from 2004 through 2010. Commun...
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Use of social media in health promotion and public health continues to grow in popularity, though most of what is reported in literature represents one-way messaging devoid of attributes associated with engagement, a core attribute, if not the central purpose, of social media. This article defines engagement, describes its value in maximizing the p...
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Introduction As part of the federal Communities Putting Prevention to Work initiative, the Suburban Cook County Model Communities Grant Program focuses on local policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) change to transform communities, workplaces, and school environments into model places to live, work and play. Model Communities (MC) grant funds we...
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Background and Purpose: School environments are increasingly targeted for nutrition and physical activity improvements due to their potential for widespread impact. The Suburban Cook County (SCC) Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) initiative focuses on policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) change to promote healthy eating and active l...
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Introduction:Suburban Cook County (SCC), Illinois is a large, geopolitically complex, region with changing demographics similar to the national trend which include increasing suburbanization of low-income and minority populations, often affected by chronic disease. As part of a comprehensive strategy to address health equity in this jurisdiction, t...
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Devising, promoting, and implementing changes in policies and regulations are important components of population-level health promotion. Whether advocating for changes in school meal nutrition standards or restrictions on secondhand smoke, policy change can create environments conducive to healthier choices. Such policy changes often result from co...
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Despite the expanding use of social media, little has been published about its appropriate role in health promotion, and even less has been written about evaluation. The purpose of this article is threefold: (a) outline purposes for social media in health promotion, (b) identify potential key performance indicators associated with these purposes, a...
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Developmental evaluation is an emerging approach to program evaluation that emphasizes innovation and learning. It is particularly well suited to evaluating innovative programs in their earliest stages of development and adapting existing programs to complex or changing environments. Key features of the developmental evaluation approach include a t...
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Priority setting is an important component of systematic planning in health promotion and also factors into the development of a comprehensive evaluation plan. The basic priority rating (BPR) model was introduced more than 50 years ago and includes criteria that should be considered in any priority setting approach (i.e., use of predetermined crite...
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Advocacy and policy change have become increasingly important strategies in health promotion efforts. As a result, advocacy evaluation is emerging as a necessary competency for health promotion practitioners. This article introduces the growing field of advocacy evaluation by describing its typical features, which include using prospective evaluati...
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Sustaining effective school-based prevention programs is critical to improving youth and population-based health. This article reports on results from the Aban Aya Sustainability Project, an effort to sustain a school-based prevention program that was tested via a randomized trial and targeted violence, drug use, and risky sex-related behaviors amo...

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