Health

We have evaluated over 50 health-related programs.

We have conducted several evaluations of health programs for the Robin Hood Foundation and the Greater Rochester Health Foundation and the Department of Health in many counties and states. We have also completed a wide array of health-related evaluations for groups such as the Border Health Initiative, California School Health Center Association, California Family Health Council, the Community Action to Fight Asthma Initiative, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, KidsHealth 2020, Logan Heights Family Health Center, Missouri Foundation for Health, National Kidney Foundation of Central NY, Obici Health Care Foundation, Orange Regional Medical Center, Tampa Healthy Start, University of NC Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of Texas Health Science Center, and the US Department of Health and Human Services.

A few select recent or key health-related projects include:

Brighter Futures Initiative, The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

The initial evaluation collected data from 559 entering Hartford Public School kindergarten students and their parents to access the level of school readiness among entering kindergartners and to identify factors that influence that readiness. Early Screening Profiles were collected from children and parents were interviewed about their children’s background. Interviews were conducted in English, Spanish, Bosnian, and Vietnamese. Early Screening Profiles assess cognitive skills, language skills, motor skills, social skills, and self-help skills. The study demonstrated that the average percentile rank of children entering kindergarten in Hartford is below the national average, but it is possible to increase how ready children are to learn through literacy activities with parents and participation in organized activities. Philliber also evaluated the Child Care Enhancement Project (CCE) and seven Family Centers established by the initiative. Philliber worked with the Foundation and CCE grantees to develop a common evaluation system that documents changes in the quality of childcare and the development of children. In addition, Philliber worked with each grantee to identify and track agency specific outcomes and to specify the relationships of those outcomes to the outcomes of improved childcare and development of children. With each grantee, Philliber also conducted community surveys to identify the significance of issues in the communities and to use the information from the surveys to plan programs appropriate to the needs of each community.

Diabetes for Life, Healthy Memphis/Merck Family Foundation

Diabetes for Life’s mission was to reduce health disparities among African Americans with type II diabetes in Memphis and Shelby County. Philliber evaluated the program that was being delivered through a partnership between Healthy Memphis Common Table and Memphis Healthy Churches. This program was part of The Alliance to Reduce Disparities in Diabetes, which was a five-year initiative of The Merck Company Foundation.

EHealth At Home, The Greater Rochester Health Foundation

The Greater Rochester Health Foundation in Rochester, New York has contracted with Philliber to evaluate an initiative that aims to provide in home services to individuals with COPD and Chronic Heart Failure who might otherwise be served in a hospital but can be effectively served in their homes. The evaluation is focused on health outcomes for patients and reductions in ER use and costs for the hospital system.

Improving Mood: Promoting Access to Collaborative Treatment and Program to Encourage Active and Rewarding Lives for Seniors, The Greater Rochester Health Foundation

Project IMPACT aims to use the Chronic Care Model to treat depression. Patients are treated using the Improving Mood: Promoting Access to Collaborative Treatment (IMPACT) intervention. The IMPACT intervention targets patients who fall into the following four groups which are each at higher than average risk for developing depression: patients with diabetes; patients with a history of mood disorders; patients with chronic pain; and postpartum women.

Infant Mortality Reduction Initiative (Federative of County Networks), New York City Council

The Infant Mortality Reduction Initiative was established by the New York City Council to promote women’s health before, during, and after pregnancy and to improve outcomes for infants in order to reduce infant mortality and narrow racial/ethnic disparities in these areas. The core interventions – outreach and referrals, workshops, and case management – were delivered by community-based organizations in each borough. Philliber documented the ability of the Initiative to connect women with services and the outcomes that were being achieved.

Maine Family Planning, Anonymous funder and the Family Planning Association of Maine

The Maine Family Planning project documented the implementation of primary care services in a family planning clinic in rural Maine and subsequent changes in patient and clinic-level variables as the clinic moved toward certification as a patient-centered medical home. The evaluation was a quasi-experimental design using two family planning clinics with no primary care that served as comparisons to family planning clinics with primary care. The research drew on both quantitative and qualitative data from a patient surveys, staff and administrator interviews, and clinic financial reports, as well as extensive gleaning of clinical and billing data directly from the electronic medical record system. A related case study on the process of transforming a family planning clinic into a level three patient centered medical home was completed in summer 2016.

The Refugee Health Center, The Greater Rochester Health Foundation

The Refugee Health Center in Rochester, New York received funding from the Greater Rochester Health Foundation to enhance medical services provided to newly arrived refugees in the greater Rochester area. In addition to medical services, the clinic provides patients with an orientation to the United States health system, helps patients and their families engage with their medical treatment, and helps prepare patients to be transitioned to local providers. The evaluation was a descriptive design that followed progress in program implementation and client health outcomes over time.

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