Date of Project Completion

Spring 5-4-2021

Document Type

Project Paper

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice



First Advisor

Dr. Sue Davies


Winona, Minnesota


This article describes a project to promote the utilization of online evidence-based programs for the self-management of chronic conditions for older adults. The project has been developed based on the findings of a comprehensive review of literature on the outcomes of online health promotion programs for people with chronic health conditions, and on the training needed prior to starting an online course. The project was completed in partnership with WellConnect®, a non-profit organization facilitating community-based programs that support people in Southeast Minnesota with tools and resources needed to improve individuals’ health and wellbeing.

Interviews with WellConnect® stakeholders, leaders, participants, and community members identified the need to develop a Zoom toolkit to assist leaders and participants of online evidence-based programs. Participants’ access to internet, comfort with devices and access to virtual platforms was assessed. The goal was to create a sustainable web-based Zoom toolkit that can be utilized by leaders and participants to facilitate their success in using online evidence-based programs. The toolkit included several components: a step-by-step guide to using Zoom to attend a meeting, three short videos, and links to other resources including one-to-one technical assistance. The toolkit was evaluated by the authors using a pre- and post-toolkit usage survey that addressed usability and self-efficacy. Although post-survey responses were low, comments suggested that the toolkit has the potential to prepare older adults to utilize Zoom to access evidence-based health promotion programs.

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Nursing Commons