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About this Toolkit

Tailoring Online Health Promotion: A Toolkit for Communities has been produced to share our learning and experiences in working to build a health promotion web site (www.youthspark.ca) to meet local needs by and for rural youth in Huron County, Ontario Canada. The Toolkit is loosely organized according to the phases of project development that we experienced in the YouthSpark project.

Our project included an evaluation component, which helped us identify factors that enabled and hindered the process of creating, maintaining and sustaining the project. This Toolkit contains a compilation of our learning as a result of the evaluation and is presented using a step-by-step approach from the initial stages of developing a vision for the project, implementation, marketing, evaluation and sustainability. We used a participatory approach with our work with youth, which is reflected throughout this Toolkit. We believe this approach is essential for any successful youth-centred program.

We hope that you find this Tool Kit useful to meet your needs as you plan, evaluate and work to sustain your own health promotion projects. You can print all of the text from this web site by downloading the PDF file found here.

If you have any comments or questions you would like to share about this project or this site, please contact Dr. Ruta

Valaitis, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, McMaster University - email

We gratefully acknowledge funding for this project provided by Health Canada's Drug Strategy Community Initiatives Fund (DSCIF).

Health Canada

The materials on this web-site are intended to assist you in developing programs & services relevant to your area and circumstances. Feel free to use / adapt any of the documents on the site with the following acknowledgement:

Valaitis, R. O'Mara, L. and Bezaire, S (2007). Tailoring Online Health Promotion: A Toolkit for Communities. Produced by Huron County Health Unit and McMaster University, School of Nursing.

Reproduced or adapted materials shall not be used for profit.


Internet LinkYouthSpark.ca

Internet LinkHealth Canada

Comments or Questions?

Dr. Ruta Valaitis, RN, PhD Associate Professor, School of Nursing, McMaster University - email

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