Chronic Disease Evaluation Project



Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH)


United States

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The Massachusetts Department of Public Health's (MDPH) Bureau of Community Health and Prevention has selected JSI to provide evaluation support for two CDC grants (1815: Improving the Health of Americans Through Prevention and Management of Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Stroke and 1817: Innovative State and Local Public Health Strategies to Prevent and Manage Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Stroke).

For the 1817 grant, JSI is conducting its third annual sidewalk survey in the five Massachusetts communities served by the 1817 grant to gauge local knowledge about pre-diabetes. JSI recently completed a qualitative assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on clinical operations at the five 1817 sub-awardee community health centers. The assessment focused on ways in which the health centers adapted diabetes management services to best support patients during the pandemic, including by developing innovative approaches such as telehealth, home monitoring of blood pressure, and more. Past work included a two-phased 2019 formative assessment of the five sub-awardee health centers. 

For the 1815 grant, JSI recently completed a qualitative assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on community-based diabetes prevention and management programs, as well as the ways in which community-based service providers have adapted national curricula to resonate with local populations. Past work included preparation for a scan of best practices among community health centers related to the collection and use of race, ethnicity, and preferred language (REL) data. 

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