What We Do

Child Welfare Early Childhood Initiative Evaluation, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

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PHMC is conducting the evaluation of the Child Welfare Early Childhood Initiative at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The program focuses on providing training to social work supervisors to ensure that infants and toddlers served by the foster care system receive the appropriate assessments and services. The evaluation provides baseline measurements and documents the provision of services and training and the effects of the project on clients and service providers.

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Early Head Start Needs Assessment, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

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The Early Head Start program provides home visiting and child care to pregnant women and children ages 0-3 living in poverty in a section of West Philadelphia. PHMC is conducting an assessment of the needs of families who are eligible for Early Head Start in West and Southwest Philadelphia. The assessment includes an analysis of quantitative data on the characteristics of eligible families, a resource inventory, two focus groups of Early Head Start parents, and informational interviews with individuals in the community who are knowledgeable about the needs of families in poverty.

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Residency Training Initiative, Children's Hospital Of Philadelphia

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The Community Pediatrics and Advocacy Program (CPAP) at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is one of the 10 pediatric residency training programs nationwide to receive funding from the Dyson Foundation to enhance the child advocacy skills and commitment of its pediatric residents. PHMC conducted the evaluation of this project that included a survey of new interns that was repeated at the end of the three-year residency to assess changes in knowledge and attitudes towards child advocacy in pediatrics.

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Children's Crisis Treatment Center Evaluation

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The goal of the Children's Crisis Treatment Center Evaluation is to implement a community model treatment intervention with services focused on Philadelphia's West African Community children. PHMC provides consultation services to the program regarding data collection, data management and data analysis. PHMC has assisted with the development of survey instruments, developed data entry packages for all the process and outcome data and gathers qualitative data through key informant interviews and focus groups with program participants and school personnel.

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Crozer-Keystone Healthy Start Evaluation

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Since 1997, PHMC has been responsible for the local evaluation of the Crozer-Keystone Healthy Start program (formerly Chester Healthy Start). PHMC design performance measures and data collection procedures that provide an accurate assessment of program effectiveness without compromising service delivery. PHMC staff also assisted in the design of a project database that provides information for program management and evaluation.

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Norristown Truancy Abatement Initiative

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The Norristown Truancy Abatement Initiative is a comprehensive, collaborative effort to reduce truancy and prevent school dropout in the Norristown Area School District. PHMC is conducting a process and outcome evaluation of this project through interviewing key members of the collaborative; holding focus group discussions with youth, teachers, and business owners; and analyzing quantitative data gathered in the Truancy Reduction Application Interface (TRAIN) and from TAI members.

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The Philadelphia Interdisciplinary Youth Fatality Review Team

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Philadelphia Interdisciplinary Youth Fatality Review Team (PIYFRT) is an interdisciplinary team whose mission is to reduce the number of preventable child deaths and related violence by review of individual deaths, analysis of aggregate data, and subsequent initiation of corrective actions. From 1993-2005, PHMC served as the project manager of PIYFRT. PHMC provided information management and data analysis, tracked team participation and progress, reported findings and accomplishments of the team, and served as the liaison to team member agencies.

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Southeast PA EC-FAST Family Strengthening Program Evaluation

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Southeast PA EC-FAST is part of a national initiative of approximately 30 family strengthening and mentoring research projects. Funded by SAMHSA, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, the goal of the project is to change behaviors of young children and their families in order to prevent or decrease school failure, criminal activity and substance abuse. PHMC is evaluating the EC-FAST program in Philadelphia and 4 suburban Philadelphia counties and will prepare a replication manual.

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Student Health Provision and Promotion

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To better understand unmet student health and wellness needs, PHMC is conducting focus groups with University undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, as well as key informant interviews with student affairs administrators to assess priority health promotion needs of the student population and to further understand the issue of stress as connected to students' academic work.

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Youth Violence Interventions in Emergency Departments-Manuscript (National Institutes of Health, Library of Medicine)

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This manuscript entitled: "Youth Violence: Interventions in Emergency Departments", is designed to fill a gap in the literature on youth violence prevention, specifically a description of emergency department (ED)-based interventions. The publication will contain information for building a strong foundation for an ED-initiated youth violence prevention intervention, based on programs developed as part of the Healthcare Collaborative: Youth Violence Prevention funded by the William Penn Foundation, as well as programs in other cities.

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*This section contains some descriptions of HIV research projects. Some of the information includes HIV prevention messages.*

 

 

Black Men's Health Survey

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From 2001 through 2007, PHMC participated in a multi-site research project funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study factors related to HIV risk among Black MSM, the group with the highest HIV infection rates in the U.S. This was the first large-scale survey of African American MSM in Philadelphia and has yielded important insights into prevention of HIV infection in this very high-risk population. Qualitative focus groups and interviews, as well as quantitative interviews were conducted to assess cultural, community and psychological factors related to HIV risk behaviors.

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Get REAL Project

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The use of drugs and alcohol has been linked to increased sexual risk for HIV among MSM, yet no intervention addressing substance use and sexual risk within this population has been rigorously evaluated. In 2005, PHMC received a five-year grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to develop, implement and evaluate a community-level intervention for Black and White substance-using MSM between the ages of 15 and 29. The intervention is designed to change both social norms and risk behavior using persuasive media communication and interpersonal networking as primary intervention strategies. The intervention is being evaluated through annual interviews with young MSM in Philadelphia and a comparison group of young MSM in Baltimore. The study results will provide needed information on substance use and sexual risk of Black and White YMSM and have direct implications for implementing effective interventions to this high-risk population.

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Community Assessment of Respondent Driven Sampling: CARDS

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Men who have sex with both men and women (MSM/W) are often not reached by HIV prevention programs that focus on gay-identified men. The aims of this CDC Cooperative Agreement are to develop strategies using RDS to recruit and interview 200 Black and 100 White MSM/W. Participants complete a computer-assisted interview and a rapid HIV test. In addition to identifying ways to locate MSM/W, the project aims to identify barriers to HIV protective behavior and positive resources that these men can use to keep safe. Findings from the project will be used to develop strategies to locate bisexually-active men and provide them with targeted HIV prevention messages, with particular emphasis on developing relevant and appropriate strategies for Black MSM/W.

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New Pathways Project

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The goal of the New Pathways Project is to increase the readiness of clients to address their drug and alcohol abuse, through individualized case management delivered in a non-judgmental and supportive environment. The evaluation of the New Pathways Project comprises a longitudinal assessment of client outcomes based on data collected at baseline and six-months after enrollment. This program is funded by the federal Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health (Office of Addiction Services).

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New Pathways for Women

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The goal of New Pathways for Women is to utilize motivational interviewing techniques to assist substance-involved minority women to end their use of drugs and alcohol by increasing their readiness for, access to, and entry into, substance abuse treatment and recovery oriented programs. The project, funded by the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), entails data collection at intake, 3 months (discharge) and 6 month follow up.

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PALMS Evaluation: An Innovative Theater-Based Intervention For Minority Adolescents

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Adolscents PALMS provides a three-session, theater-based, group-level intervention to predominantly African American and Latino incarcerated/adjudicated and drug treatment-based adolescents in Philadelphia. The aims of the intervention are to increase knowledge about HIV/AIDS, increase HIV testing, and reduce risky sexual behavior through increasing self-efficacy to practice safer sex behaviors. The evaluation uses a repeated measures comparison group design to assess short-term and long-term effects on sexual risk behavior and HIV testing, as well as on HIV knowledge, attitudes, peer norms and self-efficacy.

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Coordination and Evaluation of the Violence Prevention Initiative

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Since 1997, PHMC has managed, coordinated and guided the Youth Violence Prevention Initiative, funded by the William Penn Foundation. The initiative included 24 collaborations in Philadelphia, PA and Camden, NJ implementing community-based interventions for youth violence. PHMC is conducting an analysis of the data collected by concerning youth violence interventions in 4 university-based hospital emergency departments. PHMC will prepare a report summarizing the results.

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Youth Violence Interventions in Emergency Departments (National Institutes of Health, Library of Medicine)

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This manuscript entitled: "Youth Violence: Interventions in Emergency Departments" is designed to fill a gap in the literature on youth violence prevention, specifically a description of emergency department (ED)-based interventions. The publication will contain information for building a strong foundation for an ED-initiated youth violence prevention intervention, based on programs developed as part of the Healthcare Collaborative: Youth Violence Prevention funded by the William Penn Foundation, as well as programs in other cities.

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Statewide Evaluation of Pennsylvania's Tobacco Control Program

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The Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) is the lead organization for the comprehensive evaluation of Pennsylvania's Tobacco Control Program working in concert with Branch Associates, Inc. (BAI). This program supports eight regional level programs and several statewide initiatives. The evaluation methodology incorporates qualitative and quantitative analysis of data from primary and secondary sources to assess the impact of statewide tobacco control programming. Evaluation findings are analyzed at regional and statewide levels and disseminated to local programs for use in planning and evaluation. The Pennsylvania Department of Health administers the program, which receives a portion of the funds from the Master Settlement Agreement and a grant from CDC.

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BE A BRIDGE

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BE A BRIDGE is a multi-disciplinary partnership that uses a collaborative approach to build capacity among a broad spectrum of organizations for the purpose of linking tobacco resources to chronic disease efforts in Pennsylvania. PHMC's evaluation assesses regional needs, evaluates events, provides technical assistance, assists with strategic planning, and monitors BE A BRIDGE objectives using a mix of quantitative and qualitative methods.

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Consumer/Client Satisfaction Survey, State of Delaware, Division of Human Services

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On this Consumer/Client Satisfaction Survey, PHMC assists in designing and analyzing information collected from a sample of 2,200 consumers and clients.

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Evaluation And Related Technical Assistance To Tobacco Control Programs In Bucks, Chester And Montgomery Counties

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The Pennsylvania Tobacco Prevention and Control Program provide prevention and cessation services to Pennsylvania residents. PHMC helped to develop outcome measurement strategies, analyze program data and use the results for program improvement and to demonstrate program accomplishments. PHMC also worked with the primary contractors in each county to design and implement special studies including surveys and key informant interviews.

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Evaluation of The Bridge's Adolescent Residential Treatment (ART) Project

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PHMC's residential treatment program for adolescent males, The Bridge, was one of 17 programs nationally to receive Center for Substance Abuse Treatment funding to enhance and expand services. R & E staff are conducting a program evaluation involving administration of a standardized bio-psycho-social assessment of clients at intake, and 3, 6, 9 and 12 month post intake using the Global Assessment of Individual Needs. An evaluation of the outcomes of the aftercare program and a process evaluation are also being conducted by R & E staff.

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The Philadelphia Women's Death Review Team

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The Philadelphia Women's Death Review Team (PWDRT) is the first multi-agency and multi-disciplinary effort in Philadelphia County designed to prevent future violence-related deaths to Philadelphia women between the ages of 15 and 60. The goals of the team are to track the incidence and prevalence of violence in the lives of women who die, document the system's response, and track the number of children affected by these deaths. The PWDRT uses the data and the experience of its members to formulate key policy and practice recommendations with the long-term goal of improving the systems that serve and protect women and their children. PHMC is responsible for overall project management, as well as all data collection, analysis and reporting activities of the Team.