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    Current Evaluation Work


    The Color It Real HIV and Substance Abuse Prevention Program for Young Adults

    Funded By: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    Project Period: 2011-2013


    Evaluation of this program, funded through the Wholistic Stress Control Institute, involves the assessment of processes and outcomes related to increased HIV and substance abuse prevention knowledge, skills, and condom use among African-American young adults, ages 18-24, that are disproportionately affected by substance abuse and the transmission of HIV.

     

    Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Early Prevention, Intervention and Resilience (PIR) Initiative, Check Yourself ✔ Project

    Funded By: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    Project Period: 2011-2012

    The Check Yourself Project is a collaboration between the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, The National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, Aetna, and the Morehouse School of Medicine Prevention Research Center (PRC) to develop, implement and evaluate a national substance abuse prevention pilot among students of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). The goal of the project is to educate, create awareness and establish a substance use prevention program that will decrease substance use among students of HBCUs by identifying risk, usage and implementing early prevention, intervention and resilience services as needed. The PRC will be engaged in evaluation planning, tool development, and monitoring and assessment of project processes and outcomes.

     

    Southeastern U.S. Collaborative Center of Excellence for the Elimination of Disparities (SUCCEED)

    Funded By: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

    Project Period: 2007-2012


    The Morehouse School of Medicine Prevention Research Center (PRC) has established a Center of Excellence in the Elimination of Disparities (CEED) known as the Southeastern US Collaborative CEED, or “SUCCEED”.  The PRC will collaborate with partners in the three-state region of Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina to provide training, technical assistance and funding to support agencies and organizations in evidence-based strategies to increase breast and cervical cancer screening among African-Americans. This evaluation will assess SUCCEED processes and outcomes centered on the overarching goal of creating a regional center that will function as a model and a national leader in the elimination of disparities in breast and cervical cancer incidence and mortality among African-American women.

     

    Atlanta Clinical Translational Science Institute, Community Engagement and Research Program

    Funded By: National Institutes of Health

    Project Period:  2007-2012


    The Emory University-funded Atlanta Clinical Translational Science Institute (ACTSI) functions to accomplish three overarching goals which are to: 1) support cross-cutting scientific discovery, innovative initiatives, and their translation to humans through novel and emerging technologies; 2) establish a culture of community engagement and communication in clinical and translational research; and 3) to build upon, enhance and expand successful education programs, clinical research curricula, mentoring, training and career development. Evaluation activities include collaboration with Emory University and Georgia Tech to track, measure and document established performance indicators and to assess the ACTSI’s Community Engagement and Research Program.

     

    The Historically Black Colleges and Universities Center for Excellence Evaluation

    Funded By:  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    Project Period:  2008-2011

    Evaluation to determine the degree to which Center of Excellence has fostered the development of programs and schools mentoring schools, facilitated the exchange of substance abuse and mental health information, provided culturally appropriate substance abuse and mental health resources to HBCUs and promoted the development of a diverse workforce by exposing students to opportunities such as internships, mentoring and leadership training.

     

    Building Collaborative Research Capacity Community Engagement and Research Program

    Funded By: National Institutes of Health, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Administrative Supplement
    Project Period: 2009-2011


    To conduct a process and outcome evaluation to document the impact of a model designed to strengthen collaborative research capacities in Atlanta and rural Southwest Georgia. Activities assessed will include mini-grant funding, training and the facilitation of community engaged research partnerships for community-based organizations and faculty at Emory University, Morehouse School of Medicine and Georgia Institute of Technology. The project involves a collaborative through the Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute’s Community Engagement and Research Program, co-led by the Emory and Morehouse School of Medicine Prevention Research Centers.

     

    Morehouse School of Medicine Minority Biomedical Research Support/Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (MBRS/RISE) Program

    Funded by: National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)

    Project Period: 2010-2011


    The evaluation of the MBRS/RISE Program was implemented to determine the extent to which the program had attained proposed measures of success based on established goals. The MBRS/RISE Program seeks to actively involve students in biomedical research by providing research training, mentoring, and exposure to high quality research by MSM faculty. 

Physician Emergency Preparedness Toolkit
Funded by: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities
Project Period: 2010-2012
This evaluation, funded through the Regional Coordinating Center for Hurricane Response at Morehouse School of Medicine, assesses existing materials and trainings that have assisted primary care practices in developing emergency preparedness plans for their practices. It’s anticipated that this will uncover unmet areas of need for developing materials. The resulting data will be used to plan and develop an emergency preparedness toolkit targeting primary care practices.

     

    National Children’s Study, Emory University, Battelle, Morehouse School of Medicine and the University of Chattanooga Study Center - Community Engagement Assessment
    Funded by: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; Centers for Disease Control & Prevention; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

    Project Period: 2010-2011


    The National Children’s Study is the largest study of child and human development ever conducted in the United States. The multi-year research study will examine the effects of environmental influences on the health and development of more than 100,000 children across the United States, following them from before birth until age 21.  Currently, Emory University, Batelle, Morehouse School of Medicine and the University of Chattanooga are study center partners in Baldwin County, Georgia. area. The Morehouse School of Medicine Prevention Research Center (PRC) will participate in evaluating the feasibility and acceptability of community engagement strategies employed to recruit women in Baldwin County, GA.

     

    Atlanta Promise Neighborhood Initiative
    Funded by: U.S. Department of Education

    Project Period: 2010-2011


    The Morehouse School of Medicine Prevention Research Center (PRC) has been engaged to partner with the Atlanta Promise Neighborhoods Initiative spearheaded by Morehouse School of Medicine, United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, Atlanta Public School System, the Atlanta University Center and other community partners. This partnership seeks to improve educational and developmental outcomes for children and youth by building a holistic, community-centered education continuum that serves children and families living on the west side of Atlanta. The PRC will lead the comprehensive needs assessment effort to include data collection, management, and analysis. The PRC will also oversee the integration of findings for development of an implementation grant.

     

    

Morehouse School of Medicine National Center for Primary Care Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) A1C Diabetes, Blood Pressure, Cholesterol and Depressions (ABCD) Program Evaluation
    Funded by: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities 

    Project Period: 2010-2011

    The ABCD Program is a regional cardiovascular risk factor reduction intervention, which utilizes Community Health Workers (CHWs) to teach African Americans living in communities that are at increased risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol and depression, about the risk factors associated with these diseases and how to manage and keep these diseases under control.  The goal of the ABCD program is to increase self management knowledge and build the skills of lay persons to play a more active role in their health care, so they can be assertive in their interaction with health care professionals. The Morehouse School of Medicine Prevention Research Center (PRC) will assess training outcomes, specifically the degree to which Master Trainers, Trainers, and Community Health Workers (CHW) utilized knowledge and skills taught them, and the degree to which patients benefitted from the knowledge, skills and support they obtained from CHW’s to improve control of their ABCD risk factors.

     

    Completed Evaluation Initiatives


    The Health, Enlightenment, and Living Program

    Funded By:  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    Funding Period: 2009-2010


    The Health, Enlightenment, and Living Program evaluation assesses program designed to promote HIV, substance abuse and Hepatitis screening, testing and counseling services for re-entry and non-re-entry African American youth and women.

     

    The 2 HYPE Abstinence “A” Club Community Based Abstinence Prevention Program

    Funded By: Administration for Children and Families

    Project Period:  2007-2010


    This evaluation, funded through the Wholistic Stress Control Institute, assesses processes and outcomes of a program designed to promote abstinence until marriage through an abstinence education approach to reduce teen pregnancy, the proportion of adolescents who engage in premarital sexual activity, and the incidence of out-of-wedlock pregnancies, among African-American youth, ages 12 – 18 in Metropolitan Atlanta and surrounding areas.

     

    The PAATH II Drug Free Communities Support Program

    Funded By: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    Project Period: 2008-2009


    Evaluation of this program, funded through the Wholistic Stress Control Institute, involves the assessment of community-based coalition strategies to address youth alcohol, tobacco, illicit drug, and inhalant abuse in Metropolitan Atlanta zip code 30318. Assessment centers on the community identified action areas of environmental impact, effective parenting, youth mentoring and youth alternative education.

     

    The AIDS Chronicles—Here to Represent Documentary

    Funded By: Johnson & Johnson and the Society for the Arts in Healthcare

    Project Period: 2007-2008

    BBarash Productions, LLC created The AIDS Chronicles – Here to Represent Documentary to increase awareness of the cultural and social impact of HIV/AIDS through video media depicting the many faces of the epidemic. Its purpose is to ultimately increase awareness and understanding of HIV/AIDS in the Black urban population, dispel myths and clarify the facts about behaviors that spread HIV/AIDS and how it can be contracted. Evaluation of the documentary centers on the following specific goals: 1) to develop an evaluation tool to capture demographics and perceptions among viewers of the documentary; 2) to provide guidance in the administration of the evaluation tool; and 3) to analyze evaluation data collected to determine whether the format of the documentary, which utilizes peer-to-peer testimonials, is an effective HIV/AIDS information and education tool.

     

    The Historically Black Colleges and Universities National Resource Center for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Infrastructure Development

    Funded By:  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    Project Period:  2006-2008

    The Historically Black Colleges and Universities National Resource Center for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Infrastructure Development was developed and established within the Morehouse School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavior Sciences in 2005. Evaluation of the Center is designed to assist, in the establishment, implementation and evaluation of measurable objectives centered on the following overarching goals: 1) to establish a national network of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs); 2) to facilitate collaboration; 3) to support culturally appropriate mental health and substance abuse prevention need on HBCU campuses; and 4) to facilitate the design of accredited courses; and 5) encourage student interest in substance abuse and mental health.

     

    The Pfizer Foundation Southern HIV/AIDS Prevention Initiative

    Funded By:  Pfizer Foundation
    Project Period:  2004-2007


    The Pfizer Foundation developed the Southern HIV/AIDS Preventive Initiative in 2003 to increase efforts to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States. The Initiative funded 23 community-based organizations (Initiative Grantees) in nine southern states to strengthen their capacities to provide effective HIV/AIDS prevention and education programs in multicultural, rural, and urban communities. Evaluation of the Initiative involved determining the extent to which Initiative Grantees have attained their project goals and objectives based on the Pfizer's logic model target outcomes. The evaluation plan: 1) assisted Initiative Grantees in clarifying and/or establishing measurable performance indicators for local programs, 2) assisted the Initiative Grantees in defining or enhancing their intervention implementation, and 3) assisted the Pfizer Foundation in assessing the cross-site effectiveness of the Initiative. Dissemination of evaluation processes and results through peer-reviewed manuscripts and presentations are currently underway.

     

    Bilingual/Bicultural Service Demonstration Project
    Funded By: Department of Health and Human Services

    Project Period: 2002-2004


    The goal of this assessment was to evaluate the cross-site delivery of perinatal services to immigrant Sub-Saharan African women at two health care delivery clinics in Metropolitan Atlanta.