ARTICLETranslating Public Health Knowledge Into Practice Development of a Lay Health Advisor Perinatal Tobacco Cessation ProgramEnglish, Kevin C. RPh, MPH; Merzel, Cheryl DrPH; Moon-Howard, Joyce DrPHAuthor Information Kevin C. English, RPh, MPH, is a DrPH Candidate, Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York. Cheryl Merzel, DrPH, is Associate Professor, Institute for Public Health Sciences, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University, New York. Joyce Moon-Howard, DrPH, is Assistant Professor, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York. Corresponding Author: Kevin C. English, RPh, MPH, Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, 722 W 168th St, 5th floor, New York, NY 10032 ([email protected]). This research was supported in part by project H49MC00133 from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (Title V, Social Security Act), Health Resources and Services Administration, and Department of Health and Human Services. The authors gratefully acknowledge the Downstate New York Healthy Start case management team for their dedication and commitment to this work. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: May 2010 - Volume 16 - Issue 3 - p E9-E19 doi: 10.1097/PHH.0b013e3181af6387 Buy Metrics AbstractIn Brief The value of lay health advisor (LHA) interventions as an effective approach toward ameliorating racial, ethnic and/socioeconomic health disparities has been noted by researchers and policy makers. Translating scientific knowledge to bring state-of-the-art health promotion/disease prevention innovation to underserved populations is critical for addressing these health disparities. This article examines the experiences of a community-academic partnership in designing, developing, and implementing an evidence-based, LHA-driven perinatal tobacco cessation program for low-income, predominately African American and Hispanic women. A multimethod process evaluation was conducted to analyze three essential domains of program implementation: (1) fit of the tobacco cessation program into the broader project context, (2) feasibility of program implementation, and (3) fidelity to program implementation protocols. Findings indicate that project partners have largely succeeded in integrating an evidence-based tobacco cessation program into a community-based maternal and infant health project. The successful implementation of this intervention appears to be attributable to the following two predominant factors: (1) the utilization of a scientifically validated tobacco cessation intervention model and (2) the emphasis on continuous LHA training and capacity development. This article examines the experiences of a community-academic partnership in designing, developing, and implementing an evidence-based, lay health advisor & ndash;driven perinatal tobacco cessation program for low-income, predominately African American and Hispanic women. © 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.