Current and Recent Projects

Behavioral Health-Prevention and Treatment

  1. Medicated Assisted Treatment
    This project focuses on enhancing and expanding treatment service delivery systems to increase community capacity and provide accessible and effective evidence-based medication assisted treatment and recovery support services for individuals with opioid use disorders. Our current partners are Sauk & Columbia Counties, with a possible expansion to Richland County.
  2. Prescription Opioid Drug evaluation
    This project focuses on reducing the overdose death rate and other harms from prescription opioids by cultivating expertise, building strong collaborative relationships and initiating bottom-up community change guided by data and evidence-based strategies. By enhancing and maximizing the use of the Wisconsin Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, fostering improved and targeted community level response and, promoting and implementing improved provider guidelines and education, we will be able to address the prescription drug harm epidemic.
  3. Project YES!
    Wisconsin's Project YES! targets youth and young adults who are at risk for, or are experiencing mental health problems, in Jefferson and Outagamie Counties. The UW Population Health Institute's evaluation of this work will assess the effectiveness of efforts undertaken by the Department of Health Services and the county grantees to address the program goals. The evaluation will ensure fidelity of program implementation, collection of required and useful data, and timely reporting of the data to federal and county contacts.
  4. Project AWARE
    The purposes of the Wisconsin AWARE project are to make schools safer, improve school climates, increased capacity to identify warning signs of mental health problems among children and make appropriate referrals to mental health care, and increase capacity of the state and local education agencies to connect children and youth with behavioral health issues with needed services. The UW Population Health Institute's evaluation of this project allows the communities to accurately track mental health referrals and service delivery, as well as providing technical assistance to the participating communities, Adams-Friendship & Ashland School Districts.
  5. OWI Study
    This study analyzes existing data for evidence of the effectiveness of the Wisconsin Impaired Drivers Program on the reduction of operating while intoxicated recidivism, and to evaluate the measurement validity, reliability and implementation fidelity of the Wisconsin Assessment of Impaired Drivers tool and the assessment process relative to other established valid diagnostic measures for substance use disorders.
  6. Tobacco Prevention and Control Program (TPCP)
    Robin Lecoanet participates in the development of an evaluation plan for the TPCP (Tobacco Prevention and Control Program).
  7. SPF PFS II - Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success II
    This grant is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) through the Department of Health Services (DHS). UWPHI is conducting the evaluation of this three year grant that provides funds to nine counties in Wisconsin for prevention efforts aimed at reducing prescription drug misuse. (Moberg, Linnan, Tuholski)
  8. SPF PFS 2015 - Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success 2015
    UWPHI has been contracted by the Department of Health Services (DHS) to evaluate this SAMHSA funded prevention grant. The grant will provide funding to coalitions in 14 high-need counties to implement prevention strategies aimed at reducing non-medical/unauthorized availability of and access to prescription drugs. (Moberg, Linnan, Tuholski)
  9. Evaluation of the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety
    Researchers from the PHI are evaluating a CDC-funded initiative to enhance the health and safety of children exposed to hazards in agricultural environments. The specific goals of the Center are to guide the national childhood agricultural injury prevention strategy with key partners, research and promote interventions with practical implications, build capacity for sustained prevention strategies, and widely communicate information to lay audiences. The evaluation provides feedback to guide priority setting, program accountability, and continuous quality improvement.
  10. 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)
  11. 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

  1. Lifecourse 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)
  2. Healthy Start
    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 Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council (GLITC). (Núñez, Graham)
  3. Family Foundations Home Visiting Programs
    The evaluation assesses program implementation and outcomes in 5 Tribal Communities and Burnett County that are using the evidence-based Healthy Families America model and Family Spirit curriculum 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. (Van Stelle, Núñez, Graham)

Translational Science

  1. Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program
    The overarching goal of the Coordinating Center of the Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program is to support transdisciplinary scientific research to enhance our understanding of environmental and genetic factors underlying breast cancer risk throughout the lifespan, with particular focus on the influence of environmental exposures during specific time windows of susceptibility. The BCERP Coordinating Center integrates efforts across the network of individual Windows of Susceptibility research projects with NIH program staff members, breast cancer advocates, community partners, and external stakeholders to facilitate transdisciplinary research through collaboration, coordination, and communication. (Lindberg)

Health Promotion

  1. Obesity Prevention Initiative
    This Wisconsin Obesity Prevention Initiative uses a multi-faceted approach – including community-based research, outreach, surveillance and dissemination – to impact childhood obesity in Wisconsin. It seeks to support and expand the Wisconsin Obesity Prevention Network and to implement a pilot/feasibility study using local, multi-level, comprehensive community interventions, initially in two counties. The initiative will develop a comprehensive, statewide obesity surveillance system and create outreach and community engagement that includes state and local public messaging and dissemination of evidence-based solutions to obesity. (Lindberg, Moberg, Breuer, Joyner, Weymouth)
  2. National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety
    The goal of the Evaluation Core at the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety is to guide documentation and analysis of the success of the center and its projects in achieving objectives for research, education, and public service. Evaluation data provide empirically-driven feedback to guide decision-making, policy formulation, and improvements at the center, all of which are dedicated to improving the safety and health of children who live on, work for, or visit agricultural settings. (Lindberg, Scholl, Hogle, Lecoanet)
  3. Adolescent Health
    UWPHI has been contracted by the Department of Health Services (DHS) to provide evaluation services to support national performance measures and quality improvement goals for local adolescent health grants. The grants are part of an effort to enhance the ability of current adolescent health systems to support the needs of adolescents and families in Wisconsin by increasing efficiency and quality of existing programs and services. (Núñez, Lindberg)
  4. Fit Families
    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 by USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education via the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. (Lecoanet, Busarow, Lindsley)
  5. 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, Cooper, Remington)

Criminal Justice/Correctional Health

  1. Lac du Flambeau Zaagiibagaa Tribal Healing to Wellness Court
    Zaagiibagaa (Ojibwe for “budding leaf”) targets high-risk, high-need American Indian offenders to provide them with substance abuse treatment and monitoring in the community as an alternative to incarceration. The evidence-based treatment court model is adapted for tribal communities to provide culturally responsive services in coordination with Vilas County. The evaluation includes technical assistance with program implementation and improvement, data analysis and management, process evaluation, and outcomes evaluation. The program is funded by the U.S. Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration from 2014-2017. (Van Stelle)
  2. Fond du lac Safe Neighborhoods Drug & Alcohol Court
    The Fond du lac Safe Neighborhoods Drug & Alcohol Court targets high-risk non-violent offenders to provide them with substance abuse treatment and monitoring in the community as an alternative to incarceration. The evaluation includes technical assistance with implementation, quality
    improvement, data quality monitoring, data analysis and management, participant satisfaction, liaison with WI Department of Justice, process evaluation, and outcomes evaluation. The program is funded by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance and the evaluation is funded by WI Department of Justice from 2014-2016. (Van Stelle)
  3. Ashland County Adult Drug Court Enhancement
    The Ashland Drug Court targets high-risk non-violent offenders to provide them with substance abuse treatment and monitoring in the community as an alternative to incarceration. The project will implement and evaluate the effectiveness of the following enhancements: Increase capacity, redesign curriculum to be more integrated, enhance trauma-informed care component, better serve American Indian participants from the Bad River tribe, screen for HIV/Hepatitis B & C, fund medication assisted treatment, and improve speed of drug testing results. The evaluation includes technical assistance with implementation, data analysis and management, process, and outcomes evaluation. The program is funded by the U.S. Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration from 2015-2018. (Van Stelle, Goodrich)
  4. Wisconsin State Public Defender Reporting, Analysis, and Data Mining Project (RAMP)
    The Wisconsin State Public Defender (SPD) received a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance to support the development and implementation of the “Wisconsin Reporting, Analysis and Mining Project” (RAMP) from 2015-2017. RAMP will develop a data-driven strategy to improve decision-making in (a) individual cases, (b) oversight of assigned private attorneys, and (c) agency and statewide policies. The project will improve the data interface to allow the SPD to utilize data to enhance agency operations. UWPHI provides technical assistance with program evaluation and the development of data analytics and reports, and facilitated regional listening sessions of SPD stakeholders to inform data content and function. UWPHI and SPD also collaborate to identify key performance indicators to effectively facilitate evidence-based decision-making. (Van Stelle, Goodrich)
  5. Dane County District Attorney Deferred Prosecution Child Abuse Initiative
    In collaboration with the Racial Justice Improvement Project and the American Bar Association, the Dane County Deferred Prosecution Child Abuse Initiative provides diversion for parents who have been arrested for child abuse following an incident of excessive use of corporal punishment. DPCAI offers deferred prosecution agreements which include conditions such as no use of corporal punishment, mandatory parenting education classes, and other individualized treatment or support services. Upon successful completion of the program, the case is dismissed, charges are reduced, or no charges are filed. The initiative has a multi-generational focus and strives to have long-term impacts on child safety and protection, racial disparities, belief systems regarding violent parenting practices, and decreased future criminal justice system involvement. Technical assistance provided by UWPHI included data system development, logic model development, data analysis/summary, report preparation, and presentation of results to the Dane County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council subcommittees on racial disparities. Evaluation funded by the American Bar Association. (Van Stelle, Goodrich)