The Group Health Foundation funded the Healthy Relationships Training Project to support Seattle's school-based health center (SBHC) staff with an evidence-based approach to preventing and reducing adolescent relationship abuse (ARA). ARA is a pattern of repeated acts in which a person physically, sexually, or emotionally abuses another person of the same or opposite sex in the context of a dating or similarly defined relationship, in which one or both partners is a minor.
CCHE, with experts in the field, trained health center providers in having conversations with teens about healthy relationships, facilitated quality improvement meetings, and assessed the impact of the training. CCHE learned that although SBHC providers already talk with students about healthy relationships, there is a gap in awareness about ARA prevalence and that more community supports like referral resources are needed before SBHC staff can adopt the approach they learned in the training.
Learn more: Read CCHE's report, which is contributing to conversations in Seattle about supporting youth who may be exposed to or experiencing violence.
University of Washington affiliate professor Andrew Dannenberg abstracted and synthesized data on key findings, success factors, and challenges from five large evaluations that studied impacts of approximately 200 individual health impact assessments (HIAs). CCHE's national evaluation of HIAs for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation was among the five, and one of only two that focused on HIAs in the United States. Read Dr. Dannenberg's review, published June 30, 2016 in Preventing Chronic Disease.
In March two CCHE teams presented tools and findings at the Association for Community Health Improvement 2016 annual conference, a sellout this year.
CCHE senior research associate Elena Kuo, Kaiser Permanente director of program evaluation Pamela Schwartz, and CCHE communication and analytics consultant Carol Cahill presented a three-hour workshop on the “population dose” framework for planning and evaluating community health initiatives, introducing our interactive Healthy Dose toolkit. Participants—many of whom represented nonprofit health care organizations—played our “The Dose is Right!” board game, which generated lively discussion on choosing strategies to increase physical activity and healthy eating among school students.
CCHE research associate Craig Sewald summarized the experience of 21 cross-sector teams participating in the National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health (NLAPH). The session included a spirited Q&A with two NLAPH team members (pictured at left): Brian Kates, facility director for the Meadow Park Community Center in Colorado Springs, and Phil Konigsberg, a citizen activist with the Queens Tobacco Control Coalition in New York City. Learn more about CCHE's evaluation of the NLAPH program.
One of the largest and most established Food Banks in the country, Second Harvest of Santa Cruz County, has hired CCHE as an evaluation consultant (with financial support from the Packard Foundation). CCHE’s evaluation will assess the impact of Passion for Produce, a peer nutrition education program offered at farms, churches, schools and other sites where the program reaches clients facing food insecurity.
The program, led by passionate nutrition ambassadors recruited as volunteers from the community, aims to improve diet, food security, physical activity, and community health. CCHE will use data to strengthen the program and help build a more sustainable and scalable model. We also will develop the evaluation capacity of staff to conduct program evaluation over the long term.
Nine regional Accountable Communities of Health (ACHs) across Washington state are helping local stakeholders improve community health as part of the Healthier Washington initiative. ACHs will draw upon existing local health improvement efforts while also fostering new cross-sector partnerships to work towards shared goals. The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) has contracted with CCHE to assess the development, operations, and effectiveness of the ACHs, drawing upon our expertise in evaluating coalition efforts to improve community health.
The CCHE team, led by senior research associate Erin Hertel, recently reviewed the development of two ACHs and reported on their progress as part of a pilot demonstration run by HCA.
At Group Health and other health care organizations nationwide, online access to communication between providers and patients under age 18 is limited by conflicting rules regarding confidentiality and parents' right to know about and consent to certain services.
Operations and development manager Emily Bourcier and research associate Creagh Miller are leading a new CCHE study that will identify potential best practices for online teen access and determine how best to make them work for Group Health patients and their care teams. The evaluation team will interview providers and leaders from various Group Health departments, along with leaders from other health plans that have successfully boosted online services for teens. It also will conduct focus groups with Group Health teens and their parents this spring.
The study's advisory group includes pediatrician and Adolescent Center director Dr. Gina Sucato and others from Group Health representing compliance, information technology, and customer experience. The study team's work will culminate in a white paper synthesizing their findings.
Over the course of two years, CCHE consulted with the Healthcare Georgia Foundation to establish a new Georgia Evaluation Resource Center (ERC), which helps health-related nonprofits demonstrate the impact they have in their communities.
CCHE developed several of the evaluation capacity-building tools available in the Georgia ERC, including an online toolkit and guides to using logic models and conducting focus groups.
Sponsored by Group Health Community Engagement, Neighborhood Health Link (NHL) is a free searchable database that connects people in the Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan area with health promoting community resources.
CCHE has been involved in the design, implementation, and evaluation of NHL right from the start—watch a video to learn more.
Several members of the CCHE team have been flying high volumes to gather primary data. They are meeting with multi-sector teams in every corner of the country, including people from health care, police departments, public health, and universities to learn “what works and why” when it comes to tackling problems that require a collective approach.
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