Center for Community Health awarded $4 million grant from the Texas Department of State Health Services
Kathryn Cardarelli, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Director of the Center for Community Health (CCH), was recently awarded approximately $4 million over the next five years to conduct the evaluation of the Transforming Texas Program. The Transforming Texas Program, awarded to the Texas Department of State Health Services, is part of the nationalCommunity Transformation Grant (CTG) program funded through the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Transforming Texas includes 18 organizations with whom the Texas Department of State Health Services has contracted. These organizations include in their scopes of work 30 counties across Texas, representing more than 3.6 million Texas living in urban, rural, frontier, and border counties spanning 268,820 square miles of the state. The evaluation plan focuses on a cross-section of diverse communities (6 counties) with health disparate populations in which strategies are being implemented that are likely to fill gaps in the evidence base. Counties involved in the evaluation are: Hale, Jim Wells, Lubbock, McLennan, Webb, and Willacy.
The primary purpose of the evaluation is to improve our understanding of chronic disease reduction and prevention evidence by determining which health strategies produce successful outcomes in different environments. The goal for Transforming Texas is to: 1) Reduce death and disability due to tobacco use by 5%; 2) Reduce the rate of obesity through nutrition and physical activity interventions by 5%; 3) Reduce death and disability die to heart disease and stroke by 5%.
The evaluation includes both process and outcome components concerning joint use agreements, community wide campaigns, clinical preventive services, and health equity. Data collection began in 2012 and will continue at various times throughout the five-year grant period. The evaluation team will employ both qualitative and quantitative data collection methods.