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What We Do

We address a variety of public health issues, remaining mindful of structural factors and social determinants of health.

Intervention Design

We design public health interventions and demonstration projects by identifying and applying scientific methods, best practices, and community wisdom.

Examples of our intervention design work include:

  • Collaborated with partners to develop logic models based on scientific literature and community input to refine a culturally-responsive, comprehensive approach to address health disparities.
  • Guided agency and community partners in strategic planning to design programming for End HIV Oregon, an initiative to end new HIV transmissions.
  • Designed and evaluated programming for women inmates in Oregon related to nutrition and re-entry planning, leading to policy changes related to food offerings and corrections programming.

Program Evaluation

We evaluate the effectiveness of public health programs and provide evidence-based recommendations for program improvement.

Examples of our program evaluation work include:

  • Conducted extensive evaluations of the Oregon, Washington, and Alaska state tobacco prevention and control programs, including assessments of the Alaska and Washington Tobacco Quit Lines, studies on the tobacco burden among specific populations, examination of the effectiveness of second-hand smoking policies, and assessment of media campaign effectiveness.
  • Collaborated with community and program partners in conducting process and outcome evaluations of prenatal and interconceptional integrated care provided to African-American women and their children.
  • Evaluated individual and environmental violence prevention strategies using a combination of key informant interviews, focus groups, surveys, and analysis of existing datasets.

Policy Research and Evaluation

We conduct policy analysis and evaluation to inform decision-makers about potential impacts, including economic and social costs and benefits, and unintended consequences.

Examples of our data to inform policies include:

  • Maintain a broad portfolio of substance abuse policy research, including cutting-edge work on cannabis, liquor control, opiate, and tobacco policies.
  • Evaluated tobacco-free policies in low-income multi-unit housing and Oregon parks to assess benefits and unintended consequences.
  • Conduct bill analyses to assess the impacts of various policies, including a 2019 bill related to health equity.

Community-based Surveys

We design and implement surveys and work with partners and communities to frame meaningful questions, interpret findings, and apply new knowledge.

Examples of our applied research and surveillance include:

  • Modernizing population-based surveillance systems for Oregon adults and youth by (1) updating traditional phone methods with small area estimation and other techniques and (2) including community-based participatory research to elevate community voices.
  • Since 2005, manage the HIV Medical Monitoring Project, a supplemental surveillance project that provides population-based data on health behaviors and outcomes of people living with HIV.
  • Partnered with the Chuukese community in Oregon to design and conduct a pilot study using respondent driven sampling as an approach to gathering community health data for smaller communities.