Laura Foss joined Philliber Research & Evaluation as a Data Analyst in 2006. She is also currently the Title IX Coordinator and an Institutional Research Associate for Ulster County Community College. Prior to her arrival at Philliber, Laura spent ten years working directly with children and families involved in the child welfare system. Laura’s “frontline” experience provides her with an understanding and knowledge that enhances her evaluations and her appreciation of programs and clients. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University at Albany and a Master of Arts in Sociology degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz.
Since joining Philliber, Laura has been involved in the evaluation of several teen pregnancy programs, after-school programs, and a large neighborhood revitalization effort in Ohio. She is especially interested in issues related to child welfare – including family preservation, foster care reform, and the treatment of children and families who have experienced trauma. Laura is also a board member for the Town of Rochester Food Pantry.
KEY OR RECENT PROJECTS
Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaiian Islands. Conducting a random assignment evaluation of the effectiveness of the newly developed IN•clued: Inclusive Healthcare—Youth and Providers Empowered program, an innovative approach designed specifically for LGBTQ youth to reduce pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections. This project will reach approximately 1,800 youth and 150 healthcare professionals in 12 communities over five years. Funding for this project and evaluation is from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health (OAH).
Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaiian Islands. Conducting a random assignment evaluation of the effectiveness of the Teen Council peer education program at 14 sites across six states. Also conducting a longitudinal evaluation involving 30 active Teen Councils across ten states. Teen Council members are trained to present sexual health information and offer skill-building opportunities to their peers and others. Council members also co-facilitate family programs and are involved, to varying degrees, in marketing, fund raising, and public affairs.
Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaiian Islands. Conducting an implementation evaluation of Improving the Lives of Teens, which brings evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs to scale in seven high-need communities. This project will reach approximately 2,275 youth annually, for a total of 9,100 over the five-year project period. Funding for this project and evaluation is from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health (OAH).