The PatientLink Initiative is one of Medtronic Foundation’s philanthropic initiatives that has been funded for over 15 years and provides support to hundred’s of patient organizations in the USA and abroad. The focus of this important work is to enhance and improve the ability of patient organization’s to meet the needs of their constituents. MATRIX served as the external evaluator.
National Institutes of Health – Westat
In a joint effort between the National Institutes of Health and United Health Group – Ovations Initiative, 11 Centers of Excellence in Chronic Disease Prevention (COE’s) were funded around the world to lead the charge in their countries for addressing the global burden of chronic disease. MATRIX worked with Westat the lead contractor for the NIH to conduct an evaluation of the centers.
For many years Novo Nordisk, as part of its corporate social responsibility agenda, has sponsored a partnership program in several developing countries to enhance the treatment and identification of diabetics as well as the training of physicians in diabetic care. MATRIX conducted an evaluation of two of their country sites – Tanzania and Bangledash.
Oxford Health Alliance – Community Interventions for Health (CIH)
MATRIX served as the International Evaluation Study Coordination Centre for the 3-year Community Interventions for Health (CIH) pilot study. CIH is a multinational chronic disease intervention project targeting the 3 leading risk factors for chronic disease: tobacco use, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity. The interventions take place across multiple settings (health centres, schools, workplaces, and neighbourhoods). The interventions include structural interventions, health education and community coalition building. Please visit http://www.oxha.org for more information about the project. Also visit World Heart Day 2009 for additional information about workplace wellness in China and Mexico.
Community Foundation of Greater New Haven – Child Outcomes Tracking Initiative – COTI
COTI- is a three-year project that focuses on gathering and sharing important information with 250 families with children between the ages of 6 months to 3 years with the purpose of ensuring that children are ready for school. COTI is based on an ecological model of child learning and development, embracing the concept of the parent as the child’s first teacher. The goal of COTI is to empower parents with knowledge and information through the use of Family Partners (community residents trained to assist parents) so that they have the necessary tools to prepare their children for kindergarten.
Positive Youth Development – Research to Practice
The Department of Children and Families in the state of Connecticut is funding several evidence-based youth prevention practices across the state. MATRIX is serving as the evaluator of this longitudinal initiative, conducting both process and outcome evaluation activities.
HUD Bridgeport Lead Free Families
The City of Bridgeport was awarded a federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) project to reduce household lead. MATRIX serves as the local evaluator on this lead hazard control project targeting low-income households in Bridgeport.
SAMHSA Drug Free Communities Support Program
MATRIX served as the local evaluator for multiple projects of Department of Children and Families in the state of Connecticut, focused on reducing youth substance use and abuse. In this capacity we worked with funded organizations to develop data tracking and monitoring tools, provided technical assistance on evidence-based prevention practices, conducted focus groups and surveys to determine the prevalence of substance use and related risk factors, and provided guidance as to next steps.
Casa Blanca Health Study
A community-wide health assessment was conducted in Casa Blanca, a largely Hispanic community within the City of Riverside California, with the purpose of determining whether environmental exposures were leading to ill health effects among residents. Community residents participated in the study by helping design the health survey and by assisting residents in completing the survey.
Connecticut Adolescent Substance Abuse Coordination Project (CASAC)
CASAC was a statewide project to improve adolescent substance abuse treatment services. Families were important partners in this process.
MATRIX developed a website including content (CTASU) to serve as a resource for families, youth and practitioners . The goal of this site is to provide Connecticut teens, parents/caregivers, and professionals easy access to the latest information and resources about drug and alcohol abuse and available treatment services for youth. CTASU.org is also a place where parents, teens, and/or professionals can talk amongst themselves about their concerns.
In partnership with V Day, a national organization to end violence against women and girls, MATRIX served as the evaluator to assess a program entitled – STOP THE VIOLENCE: NYC. The program delivered by V Day occurred during the summer of 2006 in New York and involved a series of arts and cultural activities that included celebrities and focused on raising public awareness and funds to stop violence against women and girls. MATRIX gathered surveys from over 3500 individuals and attended over 30 events to obtain knowledge about factors that might impact violence towards women and girls with the goal of informing V Day about the reach of their program.
Parents and Communities for Kids – PACK
Community Foundation for Greater New Haven – Parents and Communities for Kids (PACK)
Parents and Communities for Kids is a unique out-of-school learning project involving arts and cultural institutions. The three-year evaluation project involved working with an Advisory Board, a consortium of PACK affiliated organizations, a social marketing team, and a family cohort. The evaluation of PACK focused on a Theory of Change that predicted that if families are provided with engaging, enriching, out of school learning opportunities, that over time children’s learning in school will improve.
Adolescent Substance Abuse – From Research to Practice
In collaboration with RYASAP and the Department of Children and Families MATRIX facilitated a multi-agency statewide taskforce with the purpose of identifying and implementing evidence-based practices for adolescent substance abuse treatment. Components of this project involved organizing workshops for treatment service providers and working closely with model program developers to insure the provision of clear training materials and training objectives. Since the completion of this project numerous providers have received funding to implement evidence-based practices and we MATRIX served as evaluators on several of these projects.
Leever Foundation Seniors Project
In partnership with the Community Foundation of Waterbury and the Leever Foundation, MATRIX conducted a needs assessment project examining services for seniors in Bethlehem CT, comparing it to services in other towns within the area.
HHS Office of Women’s Health HIV/Aids Mentoring Program
MATRIX was contracted by the federal Office of Women’s Health on a mentoring project where one-on-one technical assistance was provided to grassroots and established organizations with the purpose of improving the delivery of HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment services to women.
Evidence Based Research to Practice – Professional Services
As part of a contract with SAMHSA ‘s Center for Mental Health Services, provided professional services on evidence-based practices by reviewing model programs in the National Registry for Effective Programs (NREP) with the purpose of identifying programs that might also be applicable to mental health (in addition to substance abuse) . In addition to reviewing existing programming, reports were written that addressed the current state of prevention on the national level including available graduate-level training, prevention credentialing in the area of mental health for professionals, seminal prevention documents, and early psychosis intervention work. Lastly, a graduate course curriculum was drafted on the promotion of mental health and prevention of mental disorders.
Children with Special Health Care Needs – Statewide Practice Change Initiative
In conjunction with the Connecticut Department of Public Health MATRIX participated in several phases of restructuring the provision of care for Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) in the state following HRSA and AAP federal guidelines for implementing medical homes as a model of care. During Phase I we conducted a statewide needs assessment of families as well as providers, in order to identify strengths as well as gaps and barriers in service delivery. In Phase II we conducted a process evaluation study of the care provided by two centers for CSHCN as well as a pilot medical home evaluation project. In Phase III we have been providing technical assistance to the Medical Home Learning Collaborative – a core group of medical homes existing across the state. During our engagement MATRIX helped expand the original core group of three pediatric providers to a statewide network involving eleven providers. Our work involved developing a training curriculum, service protocols (individualized care plans, treatment plans), and individualized technical assistance regarding data collection and monitoring. For further information contact Richard Edmonds, Chief, Public Health Initiatives Branch, Connecticut Department of Public Health ( 860-509-8197 ).
Healthcare for the Homeless – Statewide Change Initiative
In collaboration with the Connecticut Department of Health and a multi-agency statewide taskforce MATRIX conducted a study that examined the health care needs of the homeless population. The strategies used involved reviewing available information gathered on the homeless population regarding health and well-being, conducting surveys with providers of shelters regarding ways in which they addressed healthcare issues for their homeless clients, and a series of key informant interviews with stakeholders in the system of care, including homeless persons. For further information contact Richard Edmonds, Chief, Public Health Initiatives Branch, Connecticut Department of Public Health (email@example.com; 860-509-8197 ).
Weed and Seed – Evaluation Study
Under contract with the City of New Haven, completed a summative evaluation for a local Department of Justice Weed and Seed Initiative which included recommendations applicable to the W&S neighborhood upon the completion of the initiative as well as the development of a second funded Weed and Seed initiative in the City.
Coalition Building & Survival Toolkit – Capacity Building
Under contract with the Connecticut Department of Public Health, MATRIX developed a toolkit to assist coalitions in building their capacity. The toolkit, available from the DPH ( firstname.lastname@example.org), addresses issues such as financial stability, board development, resource development, and evaluation.
New Haven Fairfield Counties Ryan White Title I Planning Council – Quality Management/Quality Assurance
Technical assistance was provided to the City of New Haven Title I Office and Planning Council in the form of a quality assurance project on standards of care. In our work we developed standards of care for primary care, mental health, substance abuse and dental health using ‘service pods’ of providers to assist in the development of the standards. In addition six toolkits were developed with the purpose of training providers of services for substance abuse, mental health, primary care, dental health, case management and outreach, on the newly implemented standards of care. Workshops were provided on the standards of care as well as one-on-one agency level technical assistance. Over 28 agencies and 100 staff participated in these training activities.