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RISE Study seeks participants

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Dr. Wilson Figueroa’s Examining Race, gender Identity, and Sexual orientation for health Equity (RISE) Study is seeking participants. Eligible individuals can earn between $15 and $95 for participating in the study, which examines stress and health in racially diverse queer adults 18 and older residing in Franklin County, Ohio.

Think you or someone you know might be eligible? Take the screener survey.

To learn more about the study, visit the RISE Study page.


Blog: Evaluation’s role in community engagement & empowerment

Center for HOPES evaluators Saira Nawaz and Anne Trinh recently returned from the west coast on a site visit to AltaMed’s vaccination outreach program. The aim of the program is to increase COVID-19 vaccinations among the Latinx community in southern California by bolstering a community-based workforce of outreach and health workers.

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Visiting San Ysidro Health Center’s mobile health clinic

This work is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and led by AltaMed, the nation’s largest federally qualified health center. The Center for HOPES’s charge is to evaluate the program’s effectiveness at increasing vaccinations in the target communities. The site visit was written into our scope of work specifically to ensure that sites are collecting data required for the funder as well as information that is useful to AltaMed and its partner organizations in serving their communities.

Read more about how program evaluation is an opportunity to build relationships and bridge research and practice. Want to expand your own evaluation expertise? Enroll in our Evaluation Certificate Program!


 Intermediate Level of Evaluation Certificate Program

The Center for HOPES has recruited a limited number of participants for the next installment of our non-degree evaluation certificate program for public health and social service professionals and researchers. Like the introductory course, the self-paced, virtual Intermediate level modules include both asynchronous and synchronous elements.

The course will run Tuesday, November 2 – Friday, December 10, 2021.

See Intermediate course flier here.


Center for HOPES observes Overdose Awareness Day

RecoveryOhio promotion for Overdose Awareness DayEarlier this month, Governor DeWine signed Senate Bill 30, designating August 31 as Ohio Overdose Awareness Day. The Center for HOPES joins our colleagues and communities across Ohio in remembering the lives of those lost to overdose.

Unintentional drug overdose deaths are a leading cause of injury death in Ohio, surpassing motor vehicle crashes. The COVID-19 pandemic has been associated with a surge in overdose deaths: Ohio recorded 5,215 deaths in 2020, a 23% increase over 2019. Read the rest of the announcement


New opportunities to work with the Center

The Computational Epidemiology Lab (CEL) at the College of Public Health is seeking candidates for several Research Assistant (RA) positions. The Center for HOPES collaborates with Dr. Ayaz Hyder’s CEL on all of the associated projects, so all of the RAs hired into these positions will have the opportunity to work with Center staff. Do you have a passion for data science and community engagement? We encourage you to apply!  See job listings


 New publication on naloxone

Center for HOPES Research Scholar Lisa Frazier is co-author of a letter to the editor in the new issue of Drug and Alcohol Dependence. Read more and access the article



In the media: Seiber on addressing the Medicaid coverage gap

Eric Seiber, Director of the Center for HOPES and Professor in the College of Public Health, is quoted in a story about how the Biden administration is attempting to close the “coverage gap” between Medicaid and subsidized private health coverage. Read more



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The Center for HOPES is a research center in The Ohio State University College of Public Health. HOPES provides health economics, health policy, and evaluation services for projects within the university, as well as for government agencies, community groups, and private sector organizations. In addition to the Center’s accomplished researchers, HOPES provides a platform for the research community to collaborate across colleges in order to better understand the issues facing the public’s health today.

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