Performance Improvement 2003. National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion


Evaluation of Public Health Care Providers’ Training, Screening, and Referral Practices for Pregnancy-Related Violence

This study focused on clinics that provided family planning services because healthy women who may not have other regular medical care typically used these services. The purpose of this study of family  planning clinic managers and clinicians was to determine awareness and availability of clinical guidelines for identifying women who experience intimate partner violence and to assess current practice and perceived barriers to identifying and referring abused clients identified in clinics that provided publicly- funded family planning services. Physical, sexual, and emotional violence against women is increasingly recognized as an important public health issue. An estimated 1.8 million women (3% of all women) are severely assaulted by male partners in the United States each year. The Survey of Family Planning Clinics on Intimate Partner Violence was designed to obtain information from a nationally representative sample of Title X funded clinics in the continental United States. Clinicians were asked about how their clinic addressed the issue of intimate partner violence, about violence training they had received, about their own practices with patients regarding intimate partner violence, attitudes about screening for violence in the health care setting, availability of community resources, and personal characteristics. Preliminary findings included the following: (1) most of the clinics in the sample were affiliated with health departments (58%) and were located in rural settings (60.1%); (2) clinic informants tended to be female (96.7%), Caucasian (87%), middle-aged, and were directors of their respective clinics; (3) clinic directors reported that 83.3 percent of clinics routinely screen for violence against women at intake exams and 78.5 percent screen during periodic visits; and (4) forty five percent of clinics offered formal trainings for their staff and 36.7 percent provided training opportunities elsewhere.

FEDERAL CONTACT: Mary Goodwin, 770-488-6232 PIC ID: 6712

PERFORMER: Battelle Corporation, Arlington, VA


Evaluation of the CDC Cardiovascular Health State Health Program: Final Report

This contract called for: creating a logic model to guide activities of cardiovascular health (CVH) state programs; conducting evaluation training; developing an evaluation framework; and conducting a meeting with Comprehensive State program staff to discuss the Evaluation Framework and State evaluation activities. In 1998 Congress made funded a national, state-based cardiovascular disease prevention program starting with eight states and it increased funding for the CVH State Program each subsequent year. The CVH State Program was designed to increase the leadership of State health departments in cardiovascular health promotion, cardiovascular disease prevention and control, and expand and direct efforts to establish a national CVH program. The outcomes indicate that participants felt that the logic model provided them with a clear picture of Federal expectations for the CVH State program and evaluation activities. The participants felt that the program evaluation training was useful and it provided a good introduction to conducting evaluations. The content of the Evaluation Framework was well received by the States and they reported that the content was useful for long-term outcomes, but suggested including more expectations for short-term and intermediate outcomes.

FEDERAL CONTACT: Sheree Williams, 770-488-8007 PIC ID: 7703

PERFORMER: Macro International, Inc., Calverton, MD

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