October 7, 2022 | health equity, program evaluation
From Wednesday, September 28 to Friday, September 30, the Center for HOPES’ Director of Health Services Research, Dr. Saira Nawaz and Evaluator and Community Engagement Specialist, Anne Trinh conducted an evaluation training for the Center for Public Health Innovation at Columbus Public Health and their community partners. Some community partners in attendance included Somali Community Association of Ohio, 1DivineLine2Health, and the Family, Adolescent and Child Community Engagement Service (FACCES).
Over three full days of training, HOPES staff used a mix of didactic, focused discussion, and group facilitation techniques to train almost 30 students on equity-focused evaluation practices. Trainers and students, who were in front line, management, and policy advocacy positions, also co-developed a framework for equity-centered evaluation opportunities across the public health continuum.
The Center for HOPES is planning for more opportunities to engage with public health and social services practitioners to use evaluation to enhance health equity and increase the adoption of standardized measurement approaches to ensure the success of anti-racist initiatives across diverse institutions. If you are interested in learning more about using evaluation to advance health equity, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us!