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 2016 two CCHE teams presented tools and findings at the Association for Community Health Improvement annual conference.
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.
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.
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.