Current work

For over two decades, the Center for Community Health and Evaluation (CCHE) has evaluated major initiatives designed to improve health. The array of our evaluations spans public health capacity building, obesity prevention initiatives, policy and systems change, evaluation capacity building, health care quality improvement, and more. See below for a sampler of current and recently completed CCHE evaluation projects.

Current and recently completed projects

A-L-L Cardiovascular
Risk Reduction

Kaiser Permanente
2012-present
Evaluation of programs to improve health outcomes of community health center patients at risk for cardiovascular disease or related complications. A-L-L identifies at-risk patients at and prescribes them Aspirin-Lisinopril-Lipid lowering medication plus support for lifestyle and behavior change.
 
Community Health Initiatives
Kaiser Permanente
2004-present
A national initiative promoting the use of policy and environmental strategies to reduce obesity in 30 communities nationwide. CCHE’s evaluation is tracking strategy-level progress and impact, measuring changes in community-level health indicators, and providing formative feedback to the communities and Kaiser Permanente.

Learn about evaluation results to date
 
Community Health Needs Assessment
Group Health Cooperative
2012-2013
CCHE analyzed public health and demographic data and interviewed community stakeholders for this assessment to guide Group Health’s community health promotion strategies and meet requirements of the Affordable Care Act. CCHE conducted a similar assessment for Virginia Mason Medical Center.
 
Georgia Evaluation Resource
Center

Healthcare Georgia Foundation
2009-2013
The Georgia ERC helps health-related nonprofits improve their organizational or program performance and demonstrate the impact they have in their communities. CCHE helped develop the ERC website as well and provided technical assistance and coaching to four cohorts of Healthcare Georgia Foundation grantees.
 
Health Impact Assessments
Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation

2011-present
In-depth national evaluation of the impacts of health impact assessments (HIAs), notably on decision making in non-health sectors. CCHE’s evaluation identifies factors that contribute to (or hinder) HIA success as well as opportunities for the field.

CCHE presented evaluation methods and preliminary findings at the 2012 and 2013 National HIA Meeting.
 
Home Visiting Services
Thrive by Five Washington
2013-present
Assessing the impact of home visiting—a program where families are voluntarily matched with trained professionals to support children’s healthy development, parenting, and early learning—on child and family health and educational outcomes. The evaluation also will provide data for quality improvement and advance knowledge in the field of home visiting.
 
Learning to Integrate Neighborhoods
and Clinical Care (LINCC)

Patient Centered Outcomes Research
Institute

2013-present
The LINCC project is working with patients and other stakeholders at three Group Health clinics to develop and pilot a new role for a clinic-community liaison. The liaison will link patients and clinics with community organizations, like the Y or local support groups, and help create lasting relationships between them.

More about the LINCC project
 
Legacy Grantmaking
Foundation for
a Healthy Kentucky

2007-present
CCHE has been evaluating five of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky’s initiatives that aim to increase access to health services and create environments that promote healthy lifestyles, with policy change as a key component. As part of this work, CCHE also provides evaluation technical assistance to the initiatives’ grantees.

Read five-year evaluation results
 
Social Innovation Fund/Kentucky Health Futures Initiative
(KHFI)

Foundation for
a Healthy Kentucky

2010-present
A program funded by the federal Corporation for National and Community Service to support grantmaking that tests innovative strategies to improve health access, reduce health risks, and promote health equity. CCHE is evaluating the overall success of the KHFI—particularly on influencing health policy—and working with the grantees to develop rigorous evaluation plans.
 
Specialty Care Initiative
Kaiser Permanente
An initiative consisting of 24 coalition-led demonstration projects to improve access to specialty care for the safety net population in California. CCHE’s evaluation assesses coalition development and identifies promising strategies to improve access to specialty care.
 
Survive and Thrive
Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation and deBeaumont Foundation

2013-present
A program implemented through the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) to build leadership and management skills among new local health leaders. CCHE’s evaluation will assess impact of the program and identify potential refinements to the program design.
 
Vaccine Hesitancy
Group Health Foundation
2011-present
Evaluation of strategies designed to increase parental acceptance of childhood vaccines and reduce the trend of parents refusing vaccinations.