Workshop to teach program planning skills

Area program/project planners, managers, grant writers, and administrators will have the opportunity to improve their skills by attending the Illinois Rural Health Association’s Program Planning Workshop Thursday, Oct. 19 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. via video conference capabilities at the National Center for Rural Health Professions at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Rockford.

During this day-long workshop, participants will gain a solid foundation in the fundamentals of program planning, including the use of the Logic Model. Increasingly, funding agencies are requiring that grant applicants use logic models to describe the link between the proposed program and expected outcomes. The Logic Model is a visual tool that explains why your strategy is a good solution to the problem and shows what activities will bring about change.

Workshop presenters will be Carrie Edgar, director for the University of Illinois Extension-Adams/Brown Unit; Shirley Longlett, assistant professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at SIU School of Medicine; and Deborah Seale, assistant professor in the Department of Information and Communication Sciences at SIU School of Medicine.

Cost for the workshop is $150 per person or $100 per person for two or more participants from the same location. Seating is limited. Registrations can be made by calling the Illinois Rural Health Association at 1-800-500-1560. More information about the workshop is available on the web at w The workshop is sponsored by the Illinois Rural Health Association, Western Illinois AHEC, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Telehealth Networks and Programs, and the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network.

From the Oct. 18-24, 2006, issue

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