Communicating and Disseminating Evidence to Decision Makers Virtual Workshop - June 11th



12:00pm - 1:30pm Mountain Time

Online pre-work available by May 28th



Primary Competency

Communication Skills

Communicating information about public health needs and the evidence-based interventions to meet those challenges to a broad audience is a necessary skill for public health professionals. Do you have these skills?

For this live learning session, participants will complete the Communicating and Disseminating Evidence to Decision Makers self-paced, online module, and then engage in a discussion and applied-learning activity with a subject matter expert, using bidirectional video.

In the online module and live learning session, participants will explore effective strategies for communicating evidence to decision-makers and acquire tools and resources to create and disseminate messages about evidence-based solutions on different platforms for diverse audiences. Also, included is guidance for writing and disseminating policy briefs.


What to Expect

  • This course will take 2 weeks to complete.
    • Online course materials and a live session (Please put this session on your calendar)
    • Course schedule
      • May 28th – Course shell opens
      • June 11th – Live Session
  • Online course materials
    • You will have activities to do on your own before the live session.  The activities will include things like watching videos and reading.
    • There will be a short assignment to complete in preparation for the live session. (The live session goes quickly. Doing the activities and assignments helps you use the time well.)
  • Live Session
    • A facilitator will lead a guided discussion and activities related to the online content with you and your classmates.
    • A topic expert will also be on hand to answer questions and engage in the discussion.
    • The live session gives you the opportunity to connect concepts of evidence-based decision making to your daily work.
  • Communication
    • You should receive 2 emails from us before the course begins.  Please email us at if they do not show up in your inbox (please check your spam folder, as well).
      • Registration confirmation – immediately after registering
      • Course welcome and instructions – 2 weeks before the live session
  • Technology
    • Live Session
      • You must join the Live Learning Session by video (an external webcam or built-in camera in your laptop, tablet, or smartphone).  Our staff can help you get set up if this is new for you.
    • Online course materials
      • You will be sent an invitation to the Learning Management System (Canvas) approximately 2 weeks before the Live Learning Session.  You will need to sign in, do some activities and make sure that you know how to connect to the Live Learning Session.  Don’t worry about the technology!  We have staff to help you.  You’ll receive all the information you need once you log in.
Learning Objectives
  1. Define the components of effective communication to meet public health challenges.
  2. Acquire tools and resources to create and disseminate messages about evidence-based solutions on different platforms for diverse audiences.
  3. Analyze and evaluate how a policy is communicated.
Length of Learning Opportunity
1 hour pre-work + 1.5 hour live learning session = 2.5 hours total
Registration Information
Click on the green "Register Now" button at the top left of this page. You will need to be logged in or will need to create an account prior to registering for this training. Creating an account will not automatically register you for this training. You will need to re-open this page and register. Please email with registration questions.
Presenter(s) and/or Content Experts

Sue Kahler, Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator at Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health Unit, located in Bismarck, ND. Sue has 19 years of experiences working in tobacco control and five years working Substance Abuse Prevention. She has assisted with various institutions and community comprehensive tobacco free policies from schools to transitional living facilities. Sue has been part of the Bismarck Tobacco Free Coalition since 2005 and instrumental in passing a local smoke free ordinance and ND Smoke Free Law. She has been involved the community health needs assessment and improvement planning, environmental change through local and state policy. Sue is the President Elect for the North Dakota Public Health Association. She has a degree in Psychology, St. Cloud State University with a minor in Chemical Dependency Counseling. She completed her MBA from University of Mary, Bismarck ND. Sue is a Mayo Clinic Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist and received the National Certificate Tobacco Treatment Practice. She provides individual tobacco cessation services.

Geographic Relevance
For individuals in Colorado, Montana, North & South Dakota, Utah, or Wyoming

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