Growing need for advocacy knowledge and skills in prevention science and practice

Posted on Sep 12, 2018 in News

Growing need for advocacy knowledge and skills in prevention science and practice

Advocacy skills are essential for the public health scientists, researchers and practitioners to potentially influence policy- and decision-making processes for better health-related policies. Those skills are important especially in those public health areas where so-called unhealthy industries are influential and/or (at least) want to be important stakeholders in the field (such as alcohol and tobacco industries).

Recognizing this need, Institute Utrip developed a series of advocacy trainings and workshops, especially for scientists, researchers and practitioners in the field of alcohol and tobacco policy and practice, and prevention in general. The trainings and workshops provide a template for scientists, researchers and practitioners to build advocacy skills and increase the role of public health professionals in setting evidence-based prevention policies and practices.

Outcomes include an increased competence for such advocacy as forging stronger relationships with policy and decision makers and other key stakeholders in the field of prevention, advocating for the use of research to inform policy and decision makers about evidence-based policies and practices, providing expert testimony, writing position papers, press releases and social media posts, increasing the visibility and recognition of evidence-based prevention, and committing to ongoing advocacy.

Public health scientists, researchers and practitioners need to become more relevant to policy and decision makers, and the trainings and workshops focus on that aim.

If you need more information, download the brochure here:

Growing need for advocacy knowledge and skills in prevention science and practice (PDF | 240kb)