Population Health

Since its founding in 1978, JSI has been committed to improving population health — the collective health outcomes of a group of individuals. In pursuit of its mission, JSI’s work spans a wide range of health issues across diverse populations. With a focus on health research; policy, environmental and systems change; program evaluation; management consulting; quality assurance and improvement; capacity building; and training, JSI uses an ecological framework to apply practical, technically sound, and innovative solutions to the challenges facing public and private clients.

An ecological model contextualizes individual behavior within social and physical environments, recognizing that sustaining changes in health behaviors require policies, environments, and social systems that address the determinants of health and support positive lifestyle habits.

Our motivation to apply an ecological framework has been prompted by persistent disparities in health status and health outcomes along geographic, socio-economic, and racial/ethnic lines. We work with our clients to develop, implement, and evaluate multi-factoral approaches, including population-focused strategies to address determinants of health and individual-focused behavioral change strategies to improve population health.

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Highlights

PROJECT
View details: Vermont Infant Safe Sleep Research and Social Marketing

Vermont Infant Safe Sleep Research and Social Marketing

JSI will conduct formative research and develop a social marketing campaign to reduce SIDS in VT.

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View details: Evaluating responses to Lyme disease in Massachusetts

Evaluating responses to Lyme disease in Massachusetts

A comprehensive research study conducted by JSI helps the Massachusetts Department of Health raise public awareness of the disease and plan for improved preventive and treatment services.

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View details: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Feasibility Study

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Feasibility Study

JSI is helping the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe determine if tribal management of Indian Health Services is feasible and beneficial.

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View details: Strategic Planning, Partnership Evaluation, and Coalition Management for CDC's Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases

Strategic Planning, Partnership Evaluation, and Coalition Management for CDC's Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases

JSI is assisting with the establishment of a NCIRD Strategic Partnerships Plan to drive the engagement of a partner network. The network will increase NCIRD reach & impact through shared resources and implement systems for continuous program improvement.

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View details: Vermont Asthma Program Evaluation and Technical Assistance Services

Vermont Asthma Program Evaluation and Technical Assistance Services

This project promotes comprehensive asthma control services in Vermont and reduce the burden of asthma in the state, particularly targeting populations experiencing the greatest burden.

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View details: Development and Implementation of the Central New York Care Collaborative (CNYCC) – A New York State DSRIP Performing Provider System (PPS)

Development and Implementation of the Central New York Care Collaborative (CNYCC) – A New York State DSRIP Performing Provider System (PPS)

From a groundbreaking waiver allowing NY to reinvest billions in federal savings, JSI will support the Central NY Care Collaborative in implementing the waiver dollars - addressing critical issues throughout the state and encouraging comprehensive reform.

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View details: Text 2 Be an Ex (T2BX): A Unique SMS Based Tobacco Cessation Program for RI Youth

Text 2 Be an Ex (T2BX): A Unique SMS Based Tobacco Cessation Program for RI Youth

Text to Be an Ex is a free text message program designed to encourage and assist with tobacco cessation for Rhode Island youth ages 13-17.

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View details: Capacity Building Assistance for High-Impact HIV Prevention to Community-Based Organizations in the U.S. | CBA@JSI

Capacity Building Assistance for High-Impact HIV Prevention to Community-Based Organizations in the U.S. | CBA@JSI

JSI works with CDC to provide capacity-building assistance to community-based organizations across the U.S. to support CDC’s high-impact approach to HIV prevention for populations who need it most.

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View details: Healthy Schools Healthy Communities Evaluation

Healthy Schools Healthy Communities Evaluation

The HSHC project is evaluating the process of school and community partnerships to develop and implement multi-factorial interventions and the results of their impact, aimed at promoting physical activity and healthy eating.

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View details: Studying the Feasibility of Whole-Person Care in California’s Safety Net

Studying the Feasibility of Whole-Person Care in California’s Safety Net

JSI examined the opportunities/challenges of increased coordination between the delivery of health, behavioral health, substance abuse, and social services to provide “whole-person care” while addressing the population’s health and socioeconomic needs.

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View details: Evaluating Ozarks Regional YMCA: Implementing policy and environmental changes to improve population health

Evaluating Ozarks Regional YMCA: Implementing policy and environmental changes to improve population health

JSI evaluated this two-year initiative and implemented a mixed-method approach to assess the impact the programs, policies, and environmental changes on residents' health as well as the overall awareness of these initiatives.

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View details: MetroWest Moves: Supporting Policy and Systems Change to Reduce Chronic Diseases

MetroWest Moves: Supporting Policy and Systems Change to Reduce Chronic Diseases

MetroWest Moves aims to promote wellness and prevent obesity in Framingham, Hudson, and Marlborough by developing policies and environmental strategies that encourage healthy eating and active lifestyles. JSI is coordinating the initiative.

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View details: Reducing Medicaid Readmission among Safety Net Hospitals

Reducing Medicaid Readmission among Safety Net Hospitals

Safety net hospitals, which serve the nation's most vulnerable populations, have high rates of avoidable Medicaid readmissions. To reduce costs and improve care, JSI will adapt and test current best practices for improving care transitions.

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View details: Evaluating The 12 Cities Project

Evaluating The 12 Cities Project

The 12 Cities Project asked the dozen cities in the US with the highest AIDS prevalence improve collaboration and integration of federal funding for HIV prevention, care and treatment. JSI then assessed whether the project accomplished its goals.

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View details: Colorado Center on Law and Policy Health Insurance Exchange Consumer Focus Groups

Colorado Center on Law and Policy Health Insurance Exchange Consumer Focus Groups

To ensure that the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange increases access to affordable, high quality health insurance, JSI conducted focus groups to gather consumer perceptions, wants, and needs to guide design and implementation of the Exchange.

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View details: Rhode Island Department of Health Epidemiologic/Public Health Data Analysis Services

Rhode Island Department of Health Epidemiologic/Public Health Data Analysis Services

To help the Rhode Island Department of Health protect and promote health in the state, JSI developed a set of valid measures of health outcomes, health-related behaviors, and health system performance that can be generated on a timely basis.

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View details: Measures Alignment of HRSA Core Measures and Quality Improvement Initiatives from Across Bureaus and Offices

Measures Alignment of HRSA Core Measures and Quality Improvement Initiatives from Across Bureaus and Offices

JSI advised Health Resources Service Administration (HRSA) on practical strategies for aligning quality performance measures from across the Agency's clinical service delivery programs with the twelve nationally aligned HRSA core measures.

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