Essential Service 10 – Research for New Insights

Research for new insights and innovative solutions to health problems

Strategic Prevention Framework Assessment

Strategic Prevention Framework Assessment Community Health Institute/JSI (CHI/JSI) provides assessment and evaluation, training, technical assistance and data analysis and reporting for four state-defined regions to plan for and implement evidence-based strategies to prevention and reduce alcohol use and binge drinking among 12 to 34 year olds. The regional initiative is part of a state-wide Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) funded by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration that engages communities in a five step process to assess, build capacity for, plan, implement and evaluate strategies to reduce high risk alcohol consumption and its harmful consequence. The assessment phase is founded on the principles of community-based participatory research and involves one hundred one-on-one interviews, community readiness surveys, environmental scans, risk behavior data and other community-level indicator data. Key findings from the assessment phase have been compiled into a regional profile and are being used to drive community-level planning and funding decisions for evidence-based interventions to increase protective factors and reduce risk factors for the target age groups. These indicators are to be measured over time to evaluate the effectiveness of the SPF process.

Lead States in Public Health Quality Improvement (MLC-3)

Lead States in Public Health Quality Improvement (MLC-3) New Hampshire is one of 16 Lead States in Public Health Quality Improvement that participate in the Multistate Learning Collaborative (MLC-3). The MLC-3, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and managed by the National Network of Public Health Institutes, aims to improve public health services and the health of communities by implementing quality improvement practices. The Community Health Institute/JSI (CHI/JSI), in partnership with the New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services (DPHS), provided training, technical assistance, and tools to three Quality Improvement Learning Teams (QuILTs) comprised of community-level organizations focusing on reducing childhood obesity and improving public health improvement capacity. Through the MLC-3, CHI/JSI also supports preparation for voluntary accreditation of local public health systems through the NH Public Health Regionalization Initiative. State level voluntary accreditation preparedness activities include participation in the internal DPHS Public Health Improvement Team, and the development of a web-based outcomes reporting tool for DPHS-contracting agencies to deliver public health services.