Current and Recent Projects
Behavioral Health--Prevention and Treatment
SBIRT - Screening, Brief
Intervention, Referral and Treatment
Funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) through DHS, the WI Initiative
to Promote Healthy Lifestyles (WIPHL), has been conducting patient screenings for risky substance use in health
care settings throughout Wisconsin. UWPHI is conducting six-month follow-up of patients and an economic analysis
of SBIRT services provided to Medicaid patients to provide real-world information on the economic costs and
benefits of SBIRT services. (Moberg, Weimer, Lecoanet, Linnan, Goodrich, Paltzer).
SPF-SIG - Strategic Prevention Framework-State Incentives Grant
We are working with the Wisconsin Division of Health Services (DHS-DMHSAS) and 20 local programs on a wide range
of epidemiological and evaluation tasks related to community-based substance abuse prevention efforts. It is
funded by SAMHSA through state agencies (Moberg, Piper, Lecoanet, Jovaag, Niemuth, Linnan, Black, Paltzer).
South Dakota's Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF SIG)
The PHI contract with the SD Department of Social Services provides process and outcome evaluation of a
SAMSHA-funded grant to improve state prevention infrastructure and funds 15 local coalitions to reduce
substance abuse-related consequences. We also are providing training in evaluation for ATOD prevention
practitioners. (Piper, Linnan, Blaalid, Walters).
Mental Health Services Evaluation
We are collaborating with DHS on its ongoing statewide evaluations of the mental health service system examining
client satisfaction, client outcomes, service utilization, and program effectiveness. Major projects include
redesign of the State public mental health data system, monitoring statewide trends in the use of the mental
health system, and evaluation of client and system- level outcomes in children’s mental health programs
that use a wraparound, integrated approach. Funded by the SAMHSA through DHS (Connor).
Recovery Schools Research
Recovery High Schools are alternative high school programs for students in recovery from substance abuse. UWPHI
has been involved in research on these programs since 1993. Currently we are involved in a rigorous outcome study
in collaboration with Vanderbilt University and the University of Minnesota, funded by an R01 grant from the
National Institute of Health (NIH- NIDA) and the Department of Education. (Moberg).
Health Disparity-Related Programs
Initiative for Healthy Families Evaluation
Coordinating evaluation activities for a major multi-year initiative to reduce African American infant mortality
in four communities in south east/central WI, sponsored by the WI Partnership Program (Eberle, Moberg)
Honoring Our Children
This program evaluation of a Healthy Start initiative to reduce infant mortality and improve maternal and child
health has been ongoing since 1999. The Honoring Our Children program serves American Indian families through
outreach, case management, health education, interconceptional care, depression screening and referral, and
consortia-building in 8 Wisconsin Tribal communities. Funded by DHHS, HRSA via GLITC (FitzGerald, Cooper)
Honoring Our Children Doula Project
The evaluation assesses maternal and child health outcomes for a community based project that provides Doula
support and birthing assistance to first-time mothers in 4 Tribal communities. Funded by HRSA via GLITC
Home Visiting Programs
The evaluation assesses program implementation and outcomes in 5 Tribal Communities that are using the
evidence-based Healthy Families America model with at-risk families. Program goals include improving maternal and
child health, school readiness, economic self-sufficiency, and coordination with community resources, and
preventing child maltreatment and domestic violence. Funded by the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families
via GLITC and the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribe (FitzGerald, Cooper).
Great Lakes Native American Research Centers for
Background on UWSMPH-American Indian Partnership
WI Chronic Disease Program Integration
Working with WI DHS to evaluate federally-sponsored efforts to integrate chronic disease services. Funded by the
CDC as part of a multi-site program (Lecoanet, Busarow).
ICTR - Institute for Clinical Translational
Paul Moberg is leading the evaluation for the UW’s NIH infrastructure grant, overseeing the work of Jan
Hogle, PhD who is coordinating this evaluation at ICTR. Paul Moberg is ICTR’s Director for Evaluation.
Wisconsin Public Health Infrastructure Improvement
UWPHI is evaluating a five-year CDC-funded effort to systematically increase the performance management capacity
of public health departments in order to ensure that public health goals are effectively and efficiently met
WI Partnership for Childhood Fitness
A second phase of this program has been funded with a goal of reducing disparities in fitness in 50 schools in WI.
Collaboration with Dept. of Pediatrics and WI DPI. Funded by the WI Partnership Fund (Carrel, Moberg, Bowser).
This child obesity prevention program targets parents of 2 to 4 year old children at 9 Women, Infants and Children
(WIC) Projects in Wisconsin. The evaluation results during the Wisconsin Partnership Program grant showed that WIC
children participating in Fit Families increased their fruit and vegetable consumption and daily physical activity
and reduced their juice consumption and screen time, compared to WIC children who were not enrolled in the one
year program. The program is funded byUSDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education via the La Crosse
County Health Department (FitzGerald, Cooper).
Active Schools Evaluation (ARRA)
Assisting DPH and DPI in evaluation of school-based efforts to increase physical activity among children in 20
schools throughout WI (Moberg, Bowser, Carrel).
Wisconsin Chronic Disease Quality Improvement Project
The Wisconsin Chronic Disease Quality Improvement Project is a joint partnership that
highlights an extraordinary level of cooperation among diverse, competitive health systems to
improve chronic disease care in Wisconsin. Members include the Wisconsin Department of Health
Services, the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, the Department of Health
Services Division of Health Care Access and Accountability (Medicaid Program), and health
systems serving Wisconsin. The Project was established in 1998 as a forum to evaluate and
implement the Wisconsin Diabetes Mellitus Essential Care Guidelines, share resources,
population-based strategies and best practices, and improve diabetes care through
collaborative quality improvement initiatives. In 2013, the project expanded to focus on the
best evidence-based methods for prevention and control of a variety of chronic conditions.
Collaboration is key to this project's success. This collaborative model may serve as the
springboard for the expansion to other statewide quality improvement initiatives. (Timberlake,
Criminal Justice/Correctional Health (Van Stelle and Goodrich)
Treatment Alternatives and Diversion Program (TAD) -- 2006-2014
Evaluating drug treatment courts and court diversion projects in nine WI counties that divert non-violent
offenders from incarceration to substance abuse treatment. Expansion anticipated in 2014 utilizing increased
funding in most recent state biennial budget. In collaboration with the WI Department of Corrections, WI
Department of Justice Training and Standards Bureau (formerly the Office of Justice Assistance, and the WI
Department of Health Services. Report to the legislature in December 2011 on program effectiveness, criminal
recidivism outcomes, cost-benefit analyses, and future programmatic and funding recommendations.
Milwaukee Homeless Treatment and Support – 2012-2014
Multi-year process and outcome evaluation with the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division of the Mi-WISH
program that provides housing and treatment services to homeless individuals to end the cycle of homelessness.
Also includes collaborative development of a project data system to document participant characteristics and
outcomes. Funded by SAMHSA.
Milwaukee Offender Reentry – 2009-2013
Funded by SAMHSA through the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division, Mi-LINC enhances the successful
transition from prison to the community for incarcerated offenders. The program provides prison reach-in and
release planning, case management services, substance abuse treatment in the community, and employment support.
PHI provides technical assistance with program implementation, liaison between DOC and Milwaukee County, data
collection and instrumentation design, data collection and management, and preparation of semi-annual reports
and continuing applications.
Evaluation Collaboration with the WI Office of Justice Assistance – 2011-2013
Provided technical assistance to the Office of Justice Assistance to evaluate the effectiveness of 15
misdemeanor diversion and youthful offender programs in Wisconsin. Also collaborated in the development and
implementation of the “eValuate” web-based reporting system for these projects. Defined common
data elements for collection, assisted in development of web-based evaluation system, pilot tested of
reporting system, data quality monitoring, and analysis of data reported by sites. Funded by American Recovery
and Reinvestment Act funding through the WI Office of Justice Assistance.
Outagamie County Mental Health Court – 2012-2014
Assist Outagamie County in the development of a database system to document the development, implementation,
and participant characteristics of a mental health treatment court. Mental health courts divert offenders with
mental health issues from the criminal justice system into comprehensive treatment and case management services
in lieu of incarceration.
Sawyer County Traffic Offender Program (STOP) - 2009-2011
Evaluated the provision of intensive supervision for offenders charged with repeat drunken driving in Sawyer
County Wisconsin. Provided database development, preparation of reports to WI Department of Transportation,
collection of recidivism data, and analysis/summary of data.
Study of Wisconsin Probation and Parole Revocation – 2008-2009
UWPHI collaborated with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections to examine patterns in probation/parole
revocation of offenders admitted to prison without a new sentence/offense. The results include recidivism
findings, analyses of agent decisions to file for revocation of probation/parole, an examination of racial
disparities in revocation, and recommendations for system and departmental policy and practice improvement.
DOC Link: http://www.wi-doc.com/Revocation%20Study.htm