Formerly the director of the Center for Community Health and Evaluation (CCHE), Allen Cheadle, PhD, now serves as a CCHE senior research associate and KPWHRI senior investigator.
Dr. Cheadle's efforts with CCHE during the last several years have involved measuring and enhancing the impact of Kaiser Permanente's community health initiatives. He led the evaluation of the Kaiser Permanente Community Health Initiative from 2004 to 2017, which promoted the use of policy and environmental strategies to reduce obesity in 30 communities nationwide. CCHE tracked strategy-level progress and impact, measured changes in community-level health indicators, and provided formative feedback to the communities and to Kaiser Permanente.
Since stepping down as director of CCHE, Dr. Cheadle remains on its leadership team and seeks to continue the Center's work in evaluating community initiatives, working with foundations to build the capacity of community-based organizations, and helping safety-net organizations improve the care they provide.
Dr. Cheadle's work with other KPWHRI investigators is focused on collaborative research and evaluation projects, particularly those that can improve the Kaiser Permanente Washington delivery system and contribute to its development as a "learning health system" where research influences practice and practice influences research. These projects are also aimed at advancing Kaiser Permanente Washington's ability to benefit the broader community.
Before becoming CCHE director in 2011, Dr. Cheadle worked with the Center for more than 15 years on a range of projects through his affiliation with KPWHRI as a research professor at the University of Washington School of Public Health, where he is now an affiliate professor of health services.
Creating approaches to assessing community health – broadly defined to include the social determinants of health and health equity
Developing methods and measures to assess the impact of complex community-based systems and policy change efforts
Cheadle A, Bourcier E, Krieger J, Beery W, Smyser M, Vinh DV, Lessler D, Alfonsi L. The impact of a community-based chronic disease prevention initiative: evaluation findings from Steps to Health King County. Health Educ Behav. 2011 Jun;38(3):222-30. PubMed
Cheadle A, Schwartz PM, Rauzon S, Beery WL, Gee S, Solomon L. The Kaiser Permanente Community Health Initiative: overview and evaluation design. Am J Public Health. 2010;100(11):2111-3. PubMed
Cheadle A, Samuels SE, Rauzon S, Yoshida SC, Schwartz PM, Boyle M, Beery WL, Craypo L, Solomon L. Approaches to measuring the extent and impact of environmental change in three California community-level obesity prevention initiatives. Am J Public Health. 2010;100(11):2129-36. PubMed
Kramer L, Schwartz P, Cheadle A, Borton JE, Wright M, Chase C, Lindley C. Promoting policy and environmental change using photovoice in the Kaiser Permanente Community Health Initiative. Health Promot Pract. 2010 May;11(3):332-9. doi: 10.1177/1524839909341555. Epub 2009 Oct 20.
CCHE is devising new ways to find the interventions that most benefit community health and how best to measure them.
A 12-article report features CCHE on decade of Kaiser Permanente Community Health Initiatives, write Drs. Allen Cheadle and Elena Kuo.
Read it in Healthy Findings.
NASHP (National Academy for State Health Policy) News, Jan 21, 2020