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New Projects at Community Science

Community Science is working on several new projects. They reflect our commitment to advancing the science around building the capacity of organizations to develop healthy and equitable communities.

  • Evaluating Foundation Community Engagement Outcomes

Community Science will be working with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to evaluate its programmatic outcomes of its overall grantmaking related to organized, mobilized, and inclusive communities over the next three years. 

  • Improving the Use of SAMHSA Disparity Impact Statements

Community Science has been engaged by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to evaluate a sample of Disparity Impact Statements submitted by SAMHSA grantees across four initiatives (Project LAUNCH, Partnerships for Success, Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration Initiative, and Targeted Capacity Expansion/HIV Program). We will test and create an evaluation strategy and searchable database to support future standard and ad hoc analyses that SAMHSA can conduct to better understand how its grantees determine behavioral health disparities and use data to inform their interventions. The findings will be used by SAMHSA’s Office of Behavioral Health Equity to guide and support the agency’s program staff, trainers and technical assistance providers, and grantees to develop effective strategies to improve access to, use of, and outcomes from services for the subpopulations they serve.

  • Building Community Capacity to Use Data to End Health Disparities

Many community-based organizations struggle with how to use data effectively to assess current conditions and implement the appropriate change strategies for their communities. Both Section 4302 of the Affordable Care Act and the Federal Government’s increased commitment and capacity to make administrative and other data publically available have elevated the importance of data. Today’s technology has stimulated the expansion of data platforms that allow users to download data and employ data visualization techniques to illustrate health, education, housing, and other disparities by race and ethnicity, gender, geography, and other variables. Community Science is working with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health to 1) design and test a framework to support the use and sharing of administrative and existing secondary data among community-based organizations to inform their strategies to end health disparities, and 2) apply the framework in two communities and generate insights and lessons about the capacities required to support and sustain data efforts at the community level.

  • Evaluating Creative Place Making for Neighborhood Revitalization

Community Science was engaged by The Kresge Foundation to evaluate its initiative—Fresh, Local & Equitable: Food as a Creative Platform for Neighborhood Revitalization. The initiative seeks to integrate arts, culture, and health into food-oriented development projects. The initiative will award up to 20 planning grants to help develop food systems for health and economic development in order to strengthen urban communities across the United States. 

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