Heart health promotion: predisposition, capacity and implementation in Ontario Public Health Units, 1994-96.
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The Canadian Heart Health Initiative-Ontario Project (CHHIOP) investigates predisposition and capacity in Ontario public health departments to implement community-based heart health promotion activities. The research draws upon diffusion of innovations theory and recent work on ecological approaches to health promotion within which public health agencies are seen to play a central role. Mail-back surveys were completed by heart health staff in all 42 health departments in 1994 and 1996. Predisposition and capacity were measured as the importance and effectiveness ascribed to 18 organizational practices supportive of community heart health activities. Level of implementation was reported for 74 activities spanning a range of risk factors and settings. Predisposition, capacity and implementation scores increased between 1994 and 1996. The findings confirm positive correlations between predisposition and capacity and between capacity and implementation.
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