Ofstead & Associates, Inc.
Leveraging scientific evidence to improve health and safety
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Eligible for 1.0 contact hour | HSPA | CBSPD | RN |
What do dark chocolate, exercise, and fresh air have in common? In this webinar, three scientists will explain the scientific method and describe how to critically evaluate information about these stress-reducing interventions. Next, the presenters will model how to leverage evidence to support quality improvement and resource acquisition in healthcare facilities. Participants will learn how to seek support from stakeholders and incorporate scientific evidence into concise, effective communications for decision-makers.
By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:
- Explain how the scientific method can be used to evaluate the impact of wellness interventions including exercise, fresh air, and eating dark chocolate
- Provide at least three ways to assess the credibility of informational sources
- Describe how scientific approaches can be used to support decision-making and improve practices
- List three strategies for leveraging scientific evidence when collaborating with other stakeholders to address personnel and resource needs
- Background and rationale
- Foundations of science and critical thinking
- Evaluating sources of information
- Using scientific thinking to support strategy development
- Developing a communication strategy to support decision-making
- Sponsor acknowledgement (Supported by an educational grant from Healthmark)
Cori L. Ofstead, MSPH
President & CEO, Ofstead & Associates
Cori L. Ofstead, MSPH, is an epidemiologist with 30 years of experience designing and conducting studies about the impact of clinical processes on patient outcomes. She has served as the Principal Investigator on numerous studies related to infection prevention, instrument reprocessing, and vaccination against infectious diseases. Ms. Ofstead is nationally recognized for her groundbreaking research, and her studies have been published in peer-reviewed journals including CHEST, AJIC, ICHE, Journal of Hospital Infection, Gastroenterology Nursing, and Vaccine. She currently serves as a reviewer for AJIC, Endoscopy, and the Journal of Urology, and is an active member of the editorial board for AJIC. She has presented the findings of her studies at national and international conferences sponsored by the CDC, APIC, IAHCSMM, AORN, SGNA, AGA, and several universities. In addition, she currently serves as a preceptor for epidemiology students in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota.
Krystina M. Hopkins, MPH
Research Manager, Ofstead & Associates
Krystina Hopkins is a research manager with Ofstead & Associates, Inc. where she leads projects related to reprocessing effectiveness and environmental health, including chronic conditions, vaccination, radiation hygiene, and healthcare costs. She has an MPH in environmental health, specializing in infectious disease. Her research has been published in AJIC, ICHE, Endoscopy International Open, Journal of Wound Care, Urology, AORN Journal, BI&T (AAMI's journal), and HSPA's PROCESS magazine. Ms. Hopkins has over fourteen years of hands-on health and healthcare-related research experience in diverse in-patient and outpatient settings. Prior to joining Ofstead in 2017, she supported clinical trials in environmental health, health economics, and community-based research as a research project manager at Medica Research Institute. Ms. Hopkins was also involved with projects related to molecular and microbiology, epidemiology, infectious disease, and occupational health in various roles at the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Health.
Abigail G. Smart, MPH
Research Associate, Ofstead & Associates
Abigail Smart, MPH, joined the Ofstead team as a research associate in 2019, where she conducts surveillance of peer-reviewed evidence, industry information, and government reports and databases, and supports primary research and continuing education efforts. She has Bachelor of Arts degrees in Biology and Psychology and a Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology. Ms. Smart has experience in a variety of research settings, including as a research assistant for a developmental psychology research group and as a technician in virology and chemistry labs where she conducted analysis for public health and environmental research. Her work has been published in AJIC, and she has presented at the Midwest Psychological Association and the University of Minnesota Cognitive Psychology Seminar. Prior to working at Ofstead, Ms. Smart served as a direct support professional and assistant team lead at care facilities for developmentally disabled adults.