Area of Responsibility I: Assessment of Needs and Capacity

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Area of Responsibility I: Assessment of Needs and Capacity

In this module, learners will gain the knowledge and skills needed to assess the needs and capacity of a priority population. The information discussed in this module will aid in understanding modules II-IV. 

At the end of this module, participants will be able to:
1. Examine the steps involved in conducting a needs assessment on a priority population. 

2. Understand the importance of assessing and building capacity in public health interventions. 

3. Test their comprehension with a reflection activity on what was learned. 

Kim Baskette, PhD, MEd, CHES®


Virginia Public Health Association

Kim is a native of the Tidewater, Virginia area and moved to the New River Valley in Southwest VA in 2019. She holds an MS.Ed. in Health Promotion from Virginia Tech and a PhD in Education from Old Dominion University. She has over 20 years experience in higher education and has worked in various capacities in the public health field. Kim is currently working as research faculty in the Center for Transformative Research on Health Behaviors at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute @ VTC in Roanoke, VA. Within the public health field, her experience and expertise lie primarily in the promotion of health and wellness and health equity, particularly through the planning, implementation, and evaluation of public health interventions. Kim is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and also holds an Exercise Physiologist certification through ACSM. Kim is a member of several professional organizations and currently serves as President-Elect on the Virginia Public Health Association board and as chief-editor of the Virginia Journal of Public Health. She is also an active member of SOPHE and APHA. Kim also serves in the community as a Near Southwest Medical Reserve Corp volunteer and as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for the New River Valley. Kim enjoys hiking, biking, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and going to Virginia Tech sporting events.


Area I Intro Video
Open to view video.
Open to view video.
Review Handout Section Prior to Reflection
Reflection Survey
2 Questions
Complete Reflection Survey Prior to Module Evaluation
Module Evaluation
8 Questions
1.00 Entry-level CECH, CPH credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 Entry-level CECH, CPH credit  |  Certificate available