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Pilot Testing of a Health Promotion Capacity Checklist for Community-Based Organizations


Beth Marks, RN, PhD, Jasmina Sisirak, MPH, & Dina Donahue-Chase

Abstract


Aim:
Research has demonstrated the efficacy health promotion programs in Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) on psychosocial and physical health among adults aging with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).This study aimed to identify the structures and resources that need to be formalized within CBOs to sustain long term benefits for adults with I/DD.

Method:
We recruited 32staff employees and 21management staff at a Community-Based Organization to test the reliability of the Employee and Organizational Health Promotion Capacity Checklist.The Checklist was administered two times at 2week intervals.

Results:
The Employee and Organizational Health Promotion Capacity Checklist was created to assess perceptions of knowledge, skills, resources, and commitment of employees within organizations to teach and support adults with I/DD to maintain healthy behaviours. Preliminary analyses found the reliability coefficients and test/retest correlations for scales in the Checklist were within acceptable ranges (α=0.67–0.90; test/retest correlation= 0.60–0.83).

Conclusions:
This Checklist has the potential to assist management in CBOs to develop and implement health promotion programs to clients with I/DD and their employees.