Skills for Healthy Aging Resources and Programs (SHARP) is a newly designed certificate program in Evidence Based Health Promotion (EBHP) for older adults that was offered at both College of the Canyons (COC) and Santa Barbara City College (SBCC).
This project funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Funds for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education (FIPSE) to UCLA included five partnering institutions:
What is Evidence Based Health Promotion (EBHP)?
According to the National Council on Aging1, EBHP is "a process of planning, implementing, and evaluating programs adapted from tested models or interventions in order to address health issues" in individual and community settings. It focuses on populations—like older adults—emphasizing both prevention and treatment. The U.S. Administration on Aging has sponsored EBHP and disease prevention programs within the areas of chronic disease self-care, physical activity, fall prevention, nutrition, depression and/or substance abuse since 2003. These programs are currently being offered to older adults by our community service providers in settings such as senior centers, hospitals, health clinics, and senior housing.
1National Council on Aging, Center for Healthy Aging. (2006). "Using the Evidence Base to Promote Healthy Aging."
Goals & Objectives
The project developed and tested a new Career Technical Education (CTE) program to produce skilled educators to teach in evidence-based health promotion (EBHP) and disability management programs.