195105 A mixed method evaluation of the Sussex Child Health Promotion Coalition: A case study

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 9:30 AM

Gregory Benjamin, MPH , Policy, Evaluation, and Research Dept, Nemours Health & Prevention Services, Newark, DE
Marina Kaplan, PhD , Policy, Evaluation, and Research Dept, Nemours Health & Prevention Services, Newark, DE
Michele Lempa, DrPH , OMG Center for Collaborative Learning, Philadelphia, PA
In September, 2006 Nemours Health & Prevention Services (NHPS) partnered with several key stakeholders and local organizations to create a community-based coalition, whose aim was to address the health and well-being of children living in Sussex County, Delaware. This coalition, the Sussex Child Health Promotion Coalition has grown to include over 140 community partners. In order to evaluate the development and functioning of the coalition, a series of key informant interviews (n=14) were conducted with members of the Coalition. In addition, a web-based survey was sent to all (n=138), which yielded a response rate of almost 40%. Quantitative and qualitative results will be presented. From these results, not only is the Coalition able to learn from the rich data provided, but also, researchers can gain insight into implementing and evaluating this type of Coalition in a rural, low-income location, such as Sussex County, DE.

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the importance of both qualitative and quantitative data collection methods in community-based projects; Identify the need for community-based health organizations in rural settings

Keywords: Evaluation, Community-Based Health Promotion

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I currently posses a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from Drexel University School of Public Health. I have worked in public health research for over 4 years, and am currently pursuing a Public Policy degree with a concentration in Evaluation from the University of Delaware. I also currently work at Nemours Health & Prevention Services as an Evaluation Scientist, a position I have held since May 2007.
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.