165073 Development of an evaluation protocol for assessing impacts of initiatives to improve racial/ethnic minority health and reduce racial/ethnic health disparities

Monday, November 5, 2007: 11:10 AM

Mark C. Edberg, PhD , Development Services Group, Inc., Bethesda, MD
Valerie A. Welsh, MS, CHES , U.S. Office of Minority Health, Rockville, MD
Marcia I. Cohen, MCP , Development Services Group, Inc., Bethesda, MD
Kristen Corey, MA , Development Services Group, Inc., Bethesda, MD
Thomas R. Vischi, MCP, MA , Development Services Group, Inc., Bethesda, MD
The Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 requires that Federal programs provide information about program goals, performance relative to program goals, and results regarding program effectiveness and cost efficiency in the spending of Federal funds. Thus, Federal grantees must produce documented results that demonstrate whether and how the strategies and activities that are funded contribute to the funding agency's mission, goals, and objectives. This presentation describes a process undertaken by the Federal Office of Minority Health to use the Strategic Framework for Improving Racial/Ethnic Minority Health and Eliminating Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities to guide and organize the systematic planning, implementation, and evaluation of efforts to address minority health/health disparities problems and effect systems approaches to such problems. A 9-step protocol will be outlined to guide community-based efforts in this regard, and how the protocol is being incorporated into new grant programs will be described.

Learning Objectives:
Describe how the Strategic Framework was used as the basis for guiding the development of the Evaluation Protocol Identify the major steps in the 9-Step Evaluation Protocol developed for the systematic evaluation of efforts to improve racial/ethnic minority health, reduce health disparities, and effect systems approaches to these problems Explain the limitations of current evaluation efforts related to racial/ethnic minority health and health disparities programs and projects and what needs to be done to strengthen the science about 'what works'

Keywords: Health Disparities, Ethnic Minorities

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