184013 Sustaining quality health care for Latinos through capacity building in evaluation: Lessons learned from 17 community/academic partnership in 14 states

Tuesday, October 28, 2008: 3:06 PM

Fannie Fonseca-Becker, DrPH, MPH , Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Community health care organizations (CHCOs) serving US Latinos, the largest, fastest growing, medically underserved minority population, often lack the in-house capacity needed to evaluate their programs' outcomes. Having the in-house capacity for designing, conducting and presenting evaluation results can be a determining factor in a CHCO's long-term sustainability in this era of increased competition for limited funding. An innovate program that partners CHCOs and academia, with funding support from the Johnson & Johnson Community HealthCare Program, is helping bridge this evaluation gap by translating knowledge into practice.


CHCOs and doctoral students (guided and supervised by a faculty member) are paired for a period of two years to improve the CHCOs' capacity in evaluation. In-house capacity is built using evaluation methodologies specifically developed to provide a standardized approach that can also be adapted to the needs of individual CHCOs.


At the end of a two-year period, CHCO program staff is able to create appropriate goals, SMART objectives, identify and organize into a conceptual framework those key variables needed to measure their program's outcomes. CHCO staff also learned how to develop data collection tools, create databases, and enter and analyze data using EPI-INFO, an user-friendly, free software created by the CDC. The staff also gained skills for presenting data in a clear, concise manner. In addition, the doctoral students developed their skills in translating knowledge into practice in an easy-to-understand, culturally appropriate and scientifically sound manner.


CHCO/academic partnerships are effective in increasing the monitoring and evaluation capacity of community health care organizations providing care to Latinos across the country.

Learning Objectives:
At the conclusion of the session, the participant in this session will be able to: 1. List three components necessary for successful community/academic partnerships that aim to improve in-house capacity in the design and implementation of evaluation of programs serving Latinos. 2. Describe the steps necessary to increase in-house capacity for program monitoring and evaluation. 3. Identify two major challenges that CHCOs providing care to the Latino population face in the implementation of an evaluation plan.

Keywords: Community Health Centers, Evaluation

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Faculty Scientist with extensive experience in evaluation, training doctoral students and building the capacity of community health care organizations in evaluation methodologies. Main author of book on evaluation methodologies for community health care programs to be released in April 2008 - http://www.springer.com/public+health/book/978-0-387-77376-6
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.