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Center for Evaluation and Applied Research: Initiatives to Promote Nutrition and Physical Activity to Combat Obesity

Bronx Health REACH Coalition's Faith-Based Outreach Initiative

With funding from NIH's National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD), the Faith Based Outreach Initiative (FBOI) is focused on prevention and management of diabetes and cardiovascular disease; improved access to and utilization of the health care system; and increased awareness of, and advocacy related to, health disparities and their individual and systemic causes and impact. The evaluation of the FBOI incorporates qualitative and quantitative techniques to assess process, outcomes and impact. Using key informant interviews, focus groups, and observation of project activities, as well as surveys assessing change in health-related knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and behaviors of participants, the evaluation operates on two levels: assessment of FBOI as an integrated whole and focused evaluation studies of specific program activities.

New York REACH - Center of Excellence in the Elimination of Health Disparities (CEED)

New York REACH - CEED, a CDC funded project of the Institute for Family Health, is a multifaceted initiative focused on the elimination of ethnic and racial disparities in diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Building on the accomplishments of Bronx Health REACH, REACH-CEED combines local level interventions with education and advocacy at the city, state, and national level. The overarching goal of the REACH evaluation is the collection and analysis of data that can be used to describe and assess the effectiveness of the initiative for quality improvement purposes, and to facilitate expansion, dissemination and translation of effective practices. The evaluation utilizes a mixed-methodology incorporating measures and descriptors of process, outcome, and impact. Consistent with CBPR principles, the evaluation plan is a "work in progress," subject to revision based on recommendations of coalition members.

Strategic Alliance for Health

The Strategic Alliance for Health (SAFH) is a consortium of Harlem and South Bronx organizations working to improve local opportunities for physical activity and improved nutrition. Funded by the CDC and directed by the New York City Department of Health (NYCDOH) and the New York Academy of Medicine, SAFH aims to use sustainable, evidence-based community health approaches to promote policy, systems, and environmental change. The evaluation of SAFH, also a joint DOH-NYAM effort, will be used to document collaborative functioning and changes in policy and practice in local schools, housing developments, and neighborhoods.

Healthy Communities through Healthy Food

Healthy Communities through Healthy Food (HCHF), is a three year initiative focused on engaging older adults in the development and implementation of programs focused on increased access to fresh healthy food in low income communities. HCHF is part of the Community Experience Partnership (CEP), a national initiative funded by Atlantic Philanthropies and co-sponsored locally by the New York Community Trust. Managed by the United Neighborhood Houses, the programs are being implemented by Isabella Geriatric Center, United Community Centers, and the Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Project. The Center for Evaluation and Applied Research is conducting a mixed-method and participatory evaluation of HCHF, including process and outcome components that focus on assessing the extent to which the funded programs engage older adults as leaders and as a key resource for addressing food access issues in their communities and increase access to, knowledge about and use of fresh healthy food.

YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program

The YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program (Y-DPP) is a group-based prevention program for persons with a clinical diagnosis of pre-diabetes, which is based on a model developed by Indiana University researchers. The project represents a partnership between the New York State Department of Health, the New York State Health Foundation and the NYS YMCA and is being implemented through Y's in 10 communities across New York State. The evaluation focuses on documenting the implementation and effectiveness of the Y-DPP program and, in collaboration with Drexel University, the associated costs of program implementation.

New York's Obesity Prevention and Policy Center: Designing a Strong and Healthy NY (DASH-NY):

Through funding from the New York State Department of Health, The New York Academy of Medicine established the DASH-NY Policy Center and Coalition to end the epidemic of obesity in New York State through policy change at the state and local level. The Center for Evaluation and Applied Research will support DASH-NY by reviewing the broad field of obesity prevention nationally and developing an annotated list of existing evaluation tools for measuring the impact of programs and policies related to physical activity and healthy eating. It will also work with DASH Coalition partners to develop and implement a Health Impact Assessment. Finally, it will develop a system for statewide surveillance of local policy and environmental supports related to healthy eating and physical activities.

What Doctors Should Expect Now: Pros and Cons

Dr. Boufford recently joined Dr. Caplan on his new program, Medscape Close-up, to discuss the Affordable Care Act and its effects on physicans.

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NQF Selects NYAM as Field Testing Site for Population Health Improvement Guide

The National Quality Forum (NQF) has selected DASH-NY, New York State’s Obesity Prevention Policy Center and Coalition housed at NYAM, to field test the NQF Action Guide 1.0, a handbook designed to assist groups working together to improve health across a population, at the local, regional, state, or national level.
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