The Academy’s Center for Evaluation and Applied Research (CEAR) works with a broad range of not-for-profit and governmental organizations to investigate and assess initiatives that seek to improve the health and well-being of populations. With expertise in both qualitative and quantitative research methods, CEAR conducts needs assessments, formative research, process evaluations, and outcome evaluations.

CEAR works with large and small programs focused on a wide range of topics, including community-based approaches to health promotion, practice change in health care settings, education and training of the health and social service workforce, reducing racial and ethnic health disparities, prevention and management of chronic disease, behavioral health, aging, and access to care for immigrant populations.

In implementing its projects, CEAR staff design and develop research and evaluation protocols; administer surveys, in-depth interviews and focus groups; carry out data entry and maintenance; analyze quantitative and qualitative data; and prepare and disseminate presentations, reports, and publications.

CURRENT PROJECTS

Claremont Healthy Village Initiative Evaluation  

This mixed-methods evaluation, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, focuses on the implementation and outcomes of the Claremont Healthy Village Initiative, a cross-sector collaboration anchored by the Department of Family Medicine at the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center and Healthfirst. Launched in 2012, the Claremont Healthy Village focuses on proactively addressing health disparities and sustaining a shared culture of health promotion and well-being in the Bronx’s Claremont community. The evaluation, conducted as a collaboration between CEAR and the Academy’s Center for Health Innovation, includes interviews, surveys, focus groups, document review, and analysis of health care claims data.

100 Schools Project Evaluation 

The 100 Schools Project, which is focused on behavioral health, is designed to build skills and capacity, reinforce community linkages, and improve outcomes in selected middle and high schools in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan and Queens. A Delivery System Reform Incentive Program (DSRIP)-funded project of The Jewish Board, the mixed-methods evaluation, is intended to inform program implementation, assess the impact of the program and its overall sustainability. The evaluation will focus on relevant factors such as neighborhood and school size. Four Performing Provider Systems are funding the project: One-City Health, Community Care of Brooklyn, Bronx Health Access, and Bronx Partners for Healthy Communities.

Health Care Transparency: Consumer Perspectives 

This qualitative study examines consumer perspectives on, and use of, quality and cost data in decision-making related to selection of health care providers and places to receive care. Funded by the New York State (NYS) Department of Health and Department of Financial Services, the research is intended to inform NYS efforts to make such data available to consumers through an All-Payer Database and through linkages to other state data sources on health and health care outcomes.

Language Access in Chain Pharmacies 

A multi-phase, multi-component project, CEAR has led research on capacity and provision of language access services to limited English proficient (LEP) patients in New York pharmacies, prior to and following enactment of language access regulations. Working in collaboration with Make the Road New York and their affiliate organizations, CEAR is also examining LEP consumer awareness use of language services, as well as LEP consumer knowledge regarding medication instructions, in New York, and in Connecticut and New Jersey, states with large immigrant populations but lacking regulations mandating language access in pharmacies. This study is funded by the Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck (PCLB) Foundation.

Evaluation of the New York State SHIP/SIM 

A collaboration between the Center for Health Policy and Programs, the Center for Health Innovation, and CEAR, the Academy’s evaluation of New York State’s State Health Improvement Plan/State Innovation Model (SHIP/SIM) focuses on process and outcomes, with the goal of providing NYS with timely information for quality improvement and a platform for continued self-evaluation. The Academy’s evaluation includes complementary quantitative and qualitative research methods to assess changes in overall measures of cost, quality, and population health in NYS, as well as regional and practice-specific changes over time.  


SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
  • “Consumer Perspectives on Health Care Decision-Making: Quality, Cost and Access to Information” (The New York Academy of Medicine, 2016)
  • “Reducing childhood asthma triggers in public housing: Implementation and outcomes from an East Harlem community health worker program” (Environmental Justice, 2015)
  • “Implementation and outcomes of the New York State YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program: A multisite community-based translation, 2010-2012” (Preventing Chronic Disease, 2014)
  • “Health, Community and Spirituality: Evaluation of a Multicultural Faith-based Diabetes Prevention Program” (Diabetes Educator, 2014)
  • “Factors Affecting Evidence-Based Decision Making in Local Health Departments” (American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2013)
  • “Consumer Attitudes about Opioid Addiction Treatment: A Focus Group Study in New York City” (Journal of Opioid Management, 2013)