Identify your population

Before you start your intervention, you should develop a good idea of both the setting(s) and population(s) that your intervention will be working with.  Settings are where the intervention is going to take place (clinics, schools, hospitals, etc.) while populations are the specific types of providers that the intervention is targeting.  It is important to develop intervention messages and materials that are appropriate for both the settings and populations that you are dealing with. 

Some settings where provider education can be implemented include:

  • doctor’s offices
  • hospitals
  • health departments
  • worksite clinics
  • school-based clinics
  • pharmacies
  • communities (e.g., mobile clinics)
  • faith-based settings (e.g., health ministry, parish nurses)

For more information on settings for physical activity interventions, go to Physical Activity in Different Settings.

As you start to consider your provider education intervention it is important to decide to whom you want them to provide information and counseling.

  • Do you want them to focus on those at risk of, or already with, various conditions related to physical inactivity?
  • Do you want them to focus on pregnant women?
  • Are there subgroups within this population?
  • What are the geographic boundaries?
  • What are the shared social and cultural characteristics of this community?

Provider education can also focus on a variety of health care providers including:

  • doctors
  • nurses
  • mental health care providers (psychiatrists, psychologists, etc.)
  • pharmacists
  • physician assistants

Remember that there are often differences among providers in terms of age, gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, etc. Tailoring intervention messages to fit each of these subgroups will improve the likelihood of success for your intervention.  For more information, see Physical Activity in Different Populations.

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