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. Evaluation Staff: Lecoanet, Weymouth, Sayavedra, Tuholski

  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. Evaluation Staff: Moberg, Feder, Bullard-Cawthorne, Zaleski, Gibson, Tranmer

  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. Evaluation Staff: Lecoanet, Goodrich

  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. Evaluation Staff: Lindsley, Kuo, Manzanares

  5. 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. Evaluation Staff: Moberg, Linnan, Tuholski, Lock, Lindberg

  6. 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. Evaluation Staff: Connor

  7. 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. Evaluation Staff: Moberg, Lindsley, Hill, French

  8. Southwestern Wisconsin Behavioral Health Partnership
    The South Western Community Action Program (SWCAP) is one of 10 community coalitions to win an award under a new statewide initiative of the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin (AHW) Endowment at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). The initiative’s goal is the statewide improvement of behavioral health, physical health of those with behavioral health conditions, and prevention and healthcare resources. SWCAP will work with a multi-sector coalition of partners to expand access to care in the five-county region that includes Iowa, Grant, Green, Lafayette, and Richland counties. Potential strategies include some combination of enhancing tele-mental health capacity, supporting primary care physicians via trainings and access to specialist consultants, and increasing the number of health care professionals offering mental health services. This is an eight-year initiative, the first year dedicated to implementation planning. UWPHI is the contracted evaluator on the project and will also serve as academic partner. Evaluation Staff: Lecoanet, Feder

  9. Elementary and Secondary School Counseling
    The focus of this grant is to enable schools to develop promising and innovative approaches for initiating or expanding counseling programs in elementary and secondary schools. The project addresses barriers to learning by integrating school based mental health services in the school setting, while coordinating with community-based resources to extend the continuum of care for students. This includes primary prevention and education, screening and detection, treatment, follow-up and crisis services, as well as case and systems management. The grant is funded by the Department of Education (DOE) via the Adams-Friendship School District. Evaluation Staff: Lindsley, Kuo, Manzanares

  10. Enhanced Prescription Drug Overdose Surveillance for States
    UWPHI is working with staff in the Office of Health Informatics, Bureau of Public Health, Department of Health Services, to develop and implement new data analysis reports and studies using population, administrative and clinical health data to support grants that address prescription drug/opioid overdose related deaths and adverse events. Evaluation Staff: Lecoanet, Bentley

Behavioral Health in Criminal Justice Populations

  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 2014-2018. Evaluation Staff: Van Stelle

  2. 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. Evaluation Staff: Van Stelle, Goodrich

  3. 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. Evaluation Staff: Van Stelle, Goodrich

  4. Dane County District Attorney Opiate Diversion Program
    The District Attorney’s Office Opiate Diversion Program is a pretrial diversion program that provides opiate addicted offenders with pre-charging diversion from justice system involvement by providing case management and resources. Enhancing the program through the use of program evaluation support will provide the opportunity for program services and practices to more closely conform to Pretrial Performance Standards through fidelity assessment as well as use of data for ongoing program improvement. Funded by the WI Department of Justice Treatment Alternatives and Diversion Program (TAD) from 2017-2021. Evaluation Staff: Van Stelle

  5. 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 was funded by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance and the evaluation is funded by WI Department of Justice from 2014-2016. Evaluation Staff: Van Stelle

Child & Family Health Promotion Programs

  1. Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families
    Leading evaluation activities for a major multi-year initiative to improve health birth outcomes for African American women and their families in Milwaukee, Racine, and Kenosha. It is funded by the WI Partnership Program. Evaluation Staff: Godecker, McWilliams

  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). Evaluation Staff: Núñez, Graham

  3. Family Foundations Home Visiting Programs
    The evaluation assesses program implementation and outcomes in five Tribal Communities and Burnett County that are using the evidence-based Healthy Families America model to improve maternal and child health among at-risk Native American Indian families through home-based parenting skills enhancement, nutritional education, and breastfeeding support. Additional goals include enhancing school readiness, economic self-sufficiency, and coordination with community resources, and preventing child maltreatment and domestic violence. Recently awarded funds will expand Home Visiting services to two additional tribal communities beginning in 2017. Funded by the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families via Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council and the Lac Courte Oreilles Chippewa Tribe. Evaluation Staff: Van Stelle, Graham

  4. 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. Evaluation Staff: Lindberg, Moberg, Breuer, Joyner, Weymouth, Brubaker

  5. 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. Evaluation Staff: Lindberg, Raygor

  6. 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. Evaluation Staff: Núñez, Lindberg, Lock

  7. Fit Families
    Fit Families is a child obesity prevention program targeting parents of 2 to 4 year old children at Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Projects around Wisconsin. In FY2016, 26 WIC Program Agencies participated in Fit Families. The overall project goals include increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables, decreasing intake of sweetened beverages and juice, increasing daily physical activity, and decreasing screen time to reduce the risk of becoming overweight or obese. Fit Families is funded by USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education. Evaluation Staff: Busarow, Lindsley

  8. Tribal PREP
    Evaluation Staff: Nunez, Weymouth, Manzanares

Community Health Promotion

  1. State Injury & Violence Prevention Program
    Wisconsin was one of 23 state health departments that was provided funding for the Core State Violence and Injury Prevention Program. The team works to implement, evaluate, and disseminate evidence-based strategies and policies in issues related to injury and violence. Through the next five years, the team intends to strengthen statewide partners, programs, and policies, to demonstrate an impact in the reduction of injury and violence related morbidity and mortality. Evaluation Staff: Lindberg, Akhtar, Zemke

  2. Building Resilience Against Climate Change (BRACE)
    The overarching goal of the BRACE grant is to develop strategies and programs to help communities prepare for the health effects of climate change. The project aims to enhance statewide capacity to assess, prepare for, and effectively respond to climate and extreme weather events to reduce or prevent negative health effects to Wisconsin's citizens. This grant is funded by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) via the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Bureau of Environmental and Occupational Occupation Health (BEOH). Evaluation Staff: Lindsley, Manzanares

  3. Health Policy for Wisconsin Communities
    Evaluation Staff: Lindberg, Tran Inzeo, Faust

  4. Lac du Flambeau Native Connections
    In 2016, the Lac du Flambeau Chippewa tribe received a five-year grant from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to implement the national model "Native Connections" suicide prevention program for tribal communities. Native Connections aims to reduce suicide among Native youth and families, and to increase early intervention and responses by identifying at-risk youth prior to crisis. In collaboration with the UW Population Health Institute, Lac du Flambeau will have a targeted emphasis on developing new policies, practices, and protocols that address service gaps, prevention, and crisis response. In Years 2-5 of the grant, Lac du Flambeau will work with other tribal communities in the Great Lakes region to provide training related to suicide prevention and early intervention. Evaluation Staff: Van Stelle

Team Science, Public Health, and Health Systems Research

  1. 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. Evaluation Staff: Busarow

  2. Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
    Evaluation Staff: Moberg, Scholl, Suryanarayanan, Sayavedra

  3. 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. Evaluation Staff: Lindberg

  4. Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute
    The Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute (HWLI) is a resource for the entire state, providing continuing education, training, and technical assistance to community leaders working to address local health priorities. The curriculum emphasizes collaborative leadership, helping communities build partnerships to address the complex factors that affect population health and health equity. An important part of HWLI is the Community Teams Program, an intensive, year-long program that uses a community-based approach to develop collaborative leadership and public health knowledge and skills. Community Teams choose specific projects to address community health priorities and apply what they have learned. The UW PHI Evaluation Research Group conducts the Community Teams Program evaluation, using a mixed-methods approach to determine how HWLI is progressing in its efforts to build leadership capacity and improve the health of Wisconsin communities. Evaluation Staff: Busarow

  5. Population Health Services Fellowship
    The Wisconsin Population Health Service Fellowship aims to improve the public health workforce through service learning. It is designed to develop the next generation of public health leaders skilled in planning, implementing, and evaluating public health programs. Through service to community organizations, the program strives to contribute to efforts to address Wisconsin’s most pressing public health challenges and improve the health and wellbeing of its citizens. Fellows are deployed to work in various settings throughout Wisconsin, with practical training assignments designed to benefit the communities in which they are placed. Fellows complete performance requirements representing core skills necessary to provide leadership and management in public health programs. The UW PHI Evaluation Research Group conducts the Fellowship Program evaluation to ascertain whether it is achieving desired outcomes and to inform program improvement efforts. Evaluation Staff: Busarow

  6. Oral Health Workforce Evaluation
    UWPHI, working with staff in the Office of Health Informatics, Bureau of Public Health, Department of Health Services, to develop and implement new data analysis reports and studies using population, administrative and clinical health data to support grants that address prescription drug/opioid overdose related deaths and adverse events. Evaluation Staff: Lecoanet, Smith
  1. 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. Evaluation Staff: Busarow
  2. Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
    (Moberg, Scholl, Suryanarayanan, Sayavedra
  3. 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 emphasis 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. Evaluation Staff: Lindberg