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  APRIL 09, 2010
Louisville Faculty Successes in Book Publishing

During the 2009-10 academic year, faculty in the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences’ department of health promotion and behavioral sciences (HPBS) have generated three books.

“I am proud of our faculty for their hard work, as they seek to educate and disseminate information that will ultimately improve the health of all citizens,” said Dean Richard Clover of the School of Public Health and Information Sciences.

These successes include the work of Dr. Ruth Carrico. Dr. Carrico is the lead editor of the “Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) Text of Infection Control and Epidemiology,” which includes the most current regulations, guidelines, technology, research and best practices in the field of infection prevention. Now in its third edition, each chapter focuses on the needs of infection preventionists new to the field and builds on basic concepts to offer advanced information for those who are more experienced.

Dr. Richard Wilson, chair of the department of health promotion and behavioral sciences, recently published “Drug Abuse Prevention: A School and Community Partnership, Third Edition.” The co-author of the book is Dr. Cheryl Kolander, professor and associate dean in University of Louisville’s College of Education and Human Development.

The book teaches students and practitioners important concepts and skills needed to design effective drug prevention programs.

“Our goal is to provide insight into why people use and abuse drugs, with particular focus on adolescents and school settings,” Dr. Wilson said. “We want those who study the text to understand the principles and skills of prevention.”

Since its first edition was published 12 years ago, the book has served as an important resource to prepare drug educators and prevention specialists.

“Evaluating Public and Community Health Programs”is the work of Dr. Muriel Harris, assistant professor in the department of health promotion and behavioral sciences.

Dr. Harris presents an approach built on the Donaldson three-step program theory-driven evaluation model and CDC's six-step Framework for Program Evaluation in Public Health–two types of evaluation common in public and community health. The book outlines ongoing evaluation strategies that involve all stakeholders and includes a standards-based four-step model.

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