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New Evaluation Tool in Child Welfare

The Youth Connections Scale (YCS) is a tool to be used by professional to guide case planning and strengthen youth connections and relational permanence. YCS was developed in order to fill a need in child welfare: To evaluate and measure the increased efforts of agencies to improve the relational permanence of youth in foster care. […]

Student Spotlight: How Does Rae O’Leary (MPH ‘19) Hope to Use her MCH Training to Minimize Health Inequities among Indigenous Communities?

An Interview with MCH Student Rae O’Leary Center Research Assistant, Elizabeth Stanczyk (MPH ’19), had the opportunity to interview her colleague, Rae O’Leary, on her research and ground work in Maternal and Child Health (MCH) with Indigenous communities. Read the interview below. Q: Could you tell us about your background and how you ended up […]

Student Spotlight Series: How Did Shelby Panttaja Incorporate her Undergraduate Studies to Promote Nutrition in the Dominican Republic?

This piece is part of a five part series of Student Spotlights highlighting the applied practice experience of four students in the Dominican Republic during the Summer of 2018. The other four parts of the series include an interview by Elizabeth Stanczyk and experience reflections from Hannah McNamee, Elizabeth Stanczyk, and Keelin Roche. #UMNMCH student Shelby […]

Resource: Assuring Better Child Health and Development Program

The Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD) Program is administered by National Academy for State Health Policy (ASHP) and designed to assist states in improving the delivery of early child development services for low-income children and their families by strengthening primary health care services and systems that support the healthy development of young children, […]

Resource: Measuring Hispanic Families and Households

It is essential that national surveys are representative of the country and demonstrate the needs of all communities. The National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families created this interactive data tool, which helps users understand the extent to which 22 large, mostly national surveys are equipped to measure Hispanic families and households. The tool […]

Resource: National Sexual Violence Resource Center Evaluation Toolkit

In the sexual violence field, the term “primary prevention” is used, which means stopping sexual violence before it even has a chance to happen. Primary prevention challenges out-of-date and victim-blaming attitudes that place the onus on potential victims to protect themselves and frames sexual violence as a public health issue. Primary prevention requires that we […]

Resource: 2018 Interoperability Standards Advisory

As technology continues to emerge in the world, the need for standards and regulations of health technology use continues to increase. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released the 2018 Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA) to address these current issues.  The Oxford Dictionary defines interoperability as “the ability of computer systems […]

Student Spotlight: How Did Nicki Cupit Use Public Health Skills to Promote Safe Infant Sleep at a State Health Department?

By: Nicki Cupit I had the privilege of working with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) this summer as part of the Human Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Graduate Student Epidemiology Program (GSEP). As a GSEP participant, I was involved in a process evaluation employing a mixed-methods approach to answer evaluation questions of the […]

An Evaluation for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities

This study describes the characteristics and experiences of youth from the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities, and compares their academic achievement to that of their peers. This study answered the following research questions: (1) What are the characteristics and experiences of youth who participate in the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities? (2) How […]

Using video storytelling to provide health education across 52 languages

HRSA profiles the work of the International Community Health Services (ICHS), a health center in the Seattle area, that provides a model for how health centers can offer culturally competent care to a linguistically diverse clientele. – Read more on how how health centers can offer culturally competent care to a linguistically diverse clientele

Overview of Perinatal Periods of Risk Analytic Methods

The PowerPoint presentation, sponsored by CityMatch, March of Dimes and the CDC, provides a brief introduction about how Perinatal Periods of Risk (PPOR) analysis works and how it helps communities prioritize infant mortality reduction efforts based on data. As described by the sponsors, “PPOR provides structure, strategies, and specific analytic methods for analyzing vital records […]

How long-term benefits override upfront costs: using research and evaluation to justify a female condom intervention

In a time where economic interests override public health concerns, a new study published in AIDS and Behavior shows that public health spending can reduce costs in the long run. In general, female condoms are more expensive than male condoms. However, after cost-analyzing an initiative that distributed 200,000 condoms to women in a neighborhood with […]

More data, please! Ezra Klein on the investment deficit (and why numbers matter)

A column by Ezra Klein in last week’s Washington Post should provide some comfort to recent (and soon-to-be!) graduates of public health programs around the country. The bad news first: along with the staggering federal budget deficit, Americans face an investment deficit that will have repercussions for decades. Americans need to invest more money into […]