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Learning Through Crisis—Evaluating the Public Health Impact of Remote Behavioral Change Programs for Older Adults During COVID-19

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Since the advent of COVID-19, community-based social service organizations in the aging sector have pivoted to deliver evidence-based programs (EBPs) remotely to reach older adults who are sheltering at home. The Evidence-Based Leadership Collaborative (EBLC) began learning from this crisis in Spring 2020 through surveys, interviews and conversations with EBP participants and leaders, AAAs and other community-based organizations, EBP administrators and policymakers. Presenters will share findings from our evaluation to understand whether and how these proven in-person programs are working when adapted to be delivered by phone, mail or video-conferencing. Specifically, we will share remote EBP implementation lessons learned regarding who is being reached and not reached through remote EBPs, facilitators and barriers to performing EBPs remotely and novel adaptations to engage and deliver EBPs remotely with traditionally underserved older populations. We will close with implications and resources for policymaking and practice, and ways for webinar attendees to get involved in future remote EBP education.

This webinar includes complimentary ASWB CE credits.



Kate Lorig, DrPH, is professor emerita at Stanford University School of Medicine, director of the Self-Management Resource Center and vice chair of the Evidence-Based Leadership Collaborative. For the past 35 years she has been developing, evaluating and making available to the public self-management programs for people with chronic conditions, cancer survivors and caregivers.

Lesley, Steinman, MSW, MPH, Research Scientist, Health Promotion Research Center, University of Washington School of Public Health


Participants in this webinar will be able to:

  • Describe how in-person Evidence-Based Programs (EBPs) have pivoted to remote program delivery by phone, mail, video-conferencing and online;
  • Discuss opportunities and challenges for delivering EBPs remotely and best practices for adapting in-person EBPs to improve program reach, outcomes and delivery; and
  • Leave with tools and resources to improve remote EBP delivery for older adults experiencing disparities in access to cares.

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