UTHealth: Report describes impact of Intervention Mapping for health promotion planning

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Maria E. Fernandez, PhD 

In a special issue of Frontiers in Public Health devoted to health promotion planning, Maria E. Fernandez, PhD, and colleagues describe Intervention Mapping, a six-step protocol that guides the design of multi-level health promotion interventions and implementation strategies.

Intervention Mapping (IM) has been used to develop health promotion interventions in community and clinical settings globally, with more than 1,000 published articles employing the framework. The researchers highlight recent and innovative applications of IM, including a decision support tool that increases self-management among epilepsy patients and their care providers, and a web-based intervention that promotes HPV vaccination acceptance. New directions for IM are also covered.

Intervention Mapping was first developed and introduced in 1998 by L. Kay Bartholomew, PhD, and Guy S. Parcel, PhD, of UTHealth School of Public Health’s Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences and Gerjo Kok, PhD, of the Department of Work and Social Psychology of Maastricht University. Since then, the framework has become the international gold standard for public health intervention research. Fernandez and colleagues recently expanded on the original IM concept with the development of Implementation Mapping—a systematic process for developing strategies to improve the adoption, implementation and maintenance of evidence-based interventions in real-world settings.

“Over the years, both students and practitioners alike have successfully used the framework to guide the development of interventions and the implementation strategies to ensure their use,” says Fernandez, a professor in the Department of Health Promotion at UTHealth and director of the Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research.