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News, analysis, & announcements from Center for HOPES experts

Partnership with CPHI to address local COVID-19 health disparities

January 12, 2022: The Center for HOPES is partnering with the City of Columbus, Center for Public Health Innovation (CPHI) to address COVID-19 health disparities in Franklin County, Ohio. This work is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Initiative to Address COVID-19 Health Disparities Among Populations at High-Risk and Underserved, Including Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations and Rural Communities. Over the next two years, Saira Nawaz and Anne Trinh, evaluators and community engagement specialists at the Center for HOPES, will work with CPHI and other collaborators to support COVID-19 recovery efforts and build sustainable practices to improve health equity. Read more

New funding for GOHi

December 10, 2021: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded the Global One Health initiative (GOHi) a new grant of $4 million to enhance detection, response, and prevention of antimicrobial resistance and associated health threats in hospitals in Ethiopia. Read more


Evaluation’s role in community engagement & empowerment

September 29, 2021: 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. Read more


Center for HOPES observes Overdose Awareness Day

August 30, 2021: Earlier this month, Governor DeWine signed Senate Bill 30designating 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. Read more


RISE Study seeks eligible participants

August 27, 2021: 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. To learn more, visit the RISE Study page.


New opportunities to work with the Center

August 20, 2021: 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


AltaMed partnership now funded by HRSA

August 19, 2021: Center for HOPES team members Saira Nawaz, Anne Trinh, and Kyle Moon continue to work with partners in California to evaluate efforts to increase COVID-19 vaccinations among the Latinx community by bolstering a community-based workforce of outreach and health workers. Read more


Center for HOPES welcomes new staff

August 4, 2021: The Center for HOPES is delighted to welcome three new members to our team! Read more


Frazier co-authors new publication

July 23, 2021: 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


In the media: Seiber on addressing the Medicaid coverage gap

July 16, 2021: 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


Center launches evaluation certificate program

June 29, 2021: Between May 10 and June 18, the Center for HOPES piloted a non-degree certificate program designed for public health and social service professionals and researchers. The self-paced, virtual course aimed to address fear or resistance to program evaluation and to empower the public health and social services work force to use data to assess programmatic needs. Read more


Center publishes findings from Ohio COVID Survey

June 24, 2021: Center for HOPES researchers Lisa FrazierEric SeiberKristin HarlowSelasi Attipoe, and Brian O’rourke present The Ohio COVID-19 Survey: Preliminary Findings and Their Use During the Pandemic in the newest issue of the Ohio Journal of Public Health. Overall, authors find that groups that were struggling before the pandemic have faced the biggest challenges with regard to health and household economics since it began. Read all publications from the Center.


Nawaz co-authors new publications

June 24, 2021: Center for HOPES Research Evaluator Saira Nawaz is co-author of two new articles about Latino Health Access’s promotora community health model. Read more


New funding for CATS

May 26, 2021: Thanks to funding from The Ohio State University’s Outreach and Engagement grants, the Center for HOPES with be working with principal investigator Ayaz Hyder to conduct a community-directed evaluation of the COVID-19 Analytics and Targeted Surveillance System for Schools (CATS). Read more


Trinh co-authors new publication

May 12, 2021: Center for HOPES Community Engagement Specialist Anne Trinh is co-author of an article in the new issue of Public Health ReportsRead more


In the media: Trinh on 2020 increase in overdose deaths

April 26, 2021: Anne Trinh, Community Engagement Specialist at the Center for HOPES and Senior Program Manager of the Addiction Innovation Fund, is quoted in a story about the dramatic rise in drug overdose deaths in 2020. Read more


Figueroa receives funding for new research

April 2, 2021: The Center for HOPES is thrilled to announce that Wilson Figueroa, Senior Consulting Research Statistician, is the recipient of one the College of Public Health’s highly-competitive racial justice seed grants. Read more


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