Community Health Promotion

CPDE works with community-based organizations to develop, implement, and evaluate initiatives focused on addressing health disparities, particularly among underserved populations, as well as those targeting diseases of public health significance. Other initiatives in this area are designed to increase use of preventative care and improve overall health.

Community Health Promotion Initiatives include:

Dartmouth College Wellness Program

CPDE is contracted by Dartmouth College to conduct a multi-year, mixed methods evaluation of the college’s employee Wellness Program. Since 2013, CPDE has adapted existing instruments to track policy, programmatic, administrative, and environmental supports for the wellness program across the range of Dartmouth work settings. Recent evaluation activities have included focus groups and interviews with leaders, faculty, and staff to identify barriers to engagement in the wellness program, as well as an analysis of secondary data to measure program engagement and participation in the Pulse at Dartmouth program, and health risks, healthcare utilization, and health-related behaviors. (Funder: Dartmouth College)

InSHAPE Together

This two-year study involved a cross-case and within-case study design using a mixed methods approach in three communities. Each community recruited thirty participants sharing the common goals of increasing physical fitness, enhancing nutrition and improving their communities. The overarching goal of InSHAPE® Together was to test the Action Learning Collaborative model in a 9-month intervention to increase physical activity and improve nutrition through the establishment of realistic and time-framed health goals and the development of a process for meeting these goals at the individual, team, and community levels. (Funder: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Molar Express

The overall goal of Molar Express is to improve the oral health status of the uninsured and underinsured children of Coos and Grafton County and seniors without access to an affordable dental home. The project implements a care coordination model to help patients and families overcome barriers to care and treatment. The overall evaluation approach is a multi-level, mixed methods, and longitudinal transformation design. In this design, multiple qualitative and quantitative data are collected over time, and data are analyzed and triangulated throughout the study to inform later phases of implementation and evaluate achievement of outcomes. Survey data are collected from students, parents, nurses, seniors, and senior center staff. Whenever possible, we will continue to use (with past school participants) or assign (with new participants) confidential IDs to track data over time, including services received, knowledge, behaviors and oral health. (Funder: Health Resources and Services Administration)