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Institution-to-Institution Mentoring to Build Capacity in 24 Local US Health Departments: Best Practices and Lessons Learned

This logic model depicts NYC DOHMH’s mentoring program model. Inputs are the NYC DOHMH, resources and materials, webinar content, and technical assistance from topic experts. Outputs include program activities, composed of an initial discussion with mentees to assess needs, regularly scheduled support in the form of monthly conference calls or webinars for the collaborative model and monthly individual calls for the one-to-one model, supplemental support as needed in the form of individualized technical assistance for the collaborative model and quarterly webinars for the one-to-one model, and face-to-face conferences with agency partners for the collaborative model and site visits for the one-to-one model when possible. Additional outputs include participation, measured by the number of participating mentees, the number of technical assistance calls held, the number of participants in webinars and conferences, and the number of site visits conducted. Short-term outcomes include resources, materials, and tools obtained, increased knowledge of effective models and new strategies, understanding of effective implementation and evaluation strategies, and, for the collaborative model, improved working relationships across sectors. Medium-term outcomes are incorporation of new strategies or implementation models, increased efficacy in implementing Communities Putting Prevention to Work objectives, and increased collaboration across sectors in the collaborative model. For both models, the long-term outcome is that participating local health departments are better able to address prevalence of obesity and tobacco use in their communities.

Figure. New York City Communities Putting Prevention to Work mentoring grant evaluation logic model, displaying the DOHMH planning process and results related to the 2 program model types used in the institutional mentoring program, the collaborative model, and the one-to-one model, 2010–2012. Abbreviation: NYC DOHMH, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; TA, technical assistance; C, collaborative model; O, one-to-one model.

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