Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System is one of Maine’s standard health behavior surveillance systems, data from which informs policy development, program planning, and other public health interventions for chronic disease prevention. This project will assist the Maine BRFSS coordinator and the Maine CDC to achieve BRFSS objectives. Muskie School staff will update the BRFSS interactive web query as well as maintain multiple-year standardized datasets, add the most recent year of data, and update documentation. Muskie staff will also perform other analyses as necessary, including multivariate and trend analyses to help the Maine CDC better understand prevalence, risk factors and disease management for health behaviors and conditions (such as diabetes, asthma, and cardiovascular disease) that impose a heavy burden on the residents of Maine and its health care system.
Research Methods: Data Systems
This project will consist of the evaluation and data analysis activities of the Oxford Hills Health Moms project, an obesity prevention intervention of the Maine Physical Activity and Nutrition Program for Disease Control and Prevention.
In 2005, the Department of Health and Human Services, (DHHS) and Muskie School jointly developed a proposal for the DHHS to enter into a five-year agreement wit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The purpose of the grant is to develop a coordinated, strategic approach to reduce the incidence, and morbidity of injury through surveillance and prevention efforts. More specifically, this agreement will enable the Maine Injury Prevention Program (MIPP) to: Build a solid infrastructure for injury prevention; collect and analyze injury data; design, implement, and evaluate interventions through collaboration with partners; provide technical support and training; and reduce the burden of injury in Maine through public policy. The purpose of the one-year agreement is to fund program management to carry out the following activities: strategic, data-driven program planning and development, facilitated stakeholder involvement, technical report development using new surveillance data, grants management, technical assistance to organizations implementing injury prevention and control programs, stakeholders and staff on conducting evaluation; selecting best-practice interventions, program development (using logic models), using new injury surveillance data, reviewing progress towards project goals and objectives, and preparing and submitting reports to CDC.
complete an organizational assessment, including assessment of existing evaluation efforts in nine public health program areas. Project staff will use the assessment data to The Association of Public Health Laboratories will contract with Muskie School to design an organizational quality improvement plan and approach. Results and recommendation will be used by APHL to launch a more systemic quality improvement plan.
Muskie/IPSI will partner with Maine DHHS Office of Substance Abuse to provide epidemiological services for Maine?s Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant. Activities include providing staff support to a statewide epidemiological workgroup, conducting a state-level needs and resources assessment, and initiating GIS (Geographical Information System) mapping to identify existing data sources and their appropriate use. This will bring systematic, analytical thinking to the causes and consequences of substance abuse in order to effectively and efficiently utilize substance abuse prevention resources