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A collborative research team from the University's Partnership for Healthy Communities, the Center for Community Research and Service and the Delaware Division of Public Health updated the Health Equity Guide first published in 2015. The research team focused on structural racism as a fundamental cause of health inequities.
Erin Knight, PhD, MPH, Associate Director of the Biden School Center for Community Research & Service and Associate Director of the Partnership for Healthy Communities
Kalyn McDonough, MSW, Graduate Research Assistant for the Partnership for Healthy Communities and a Biden School doctoral candidate
Cassandra Codes-Johnson, MPA, Associate Deputy of the Delaware Division of Public Health.
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Delaware's State Innovation Model (SIM) Plan was part of a multi-year process involving multiple stakeholdersconsumers, health care providers, payers, community organizations and othersaimed at transforming the state's health system in ways that improve quality and lower health care costs. DE SIM is funded in part from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) State Innovation Models initiative established through the Affordable Care Act. The initiative is managed by the Delaware Health Care Commission and supported by the Delaware Center for Health Innovation.
Researchers in CCRS partnered with researchers at Concept Systems, Inc. on a mixed methods system evaluation of DE SIM. The evaluation is designed to be participant-oriented and utilization-focused. We are engaging stakeholders in a continuous improvement approach to examining the processes and outcomes of the DE SIM initiative.
DE SIM Evaluation Team (CCRS)
Erin K. Knight, PhD, MPH, Associate Director and Assistant Professor
Mary Joan McDuffie, MA, Policy Scientist and Medicaid Research Program Director
Hira Rashid, MA, Doctoral Student, Research Assistant
DE SIM Evaluation Team (Concept Systems, Inc.)
Scott Rosas, PhD, Senior Consultant
Jessica Gosa, MSW, LMSW, Client Services Consultant
Justin Kessler, MA, Client Services Consultant
Sponsored by the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH), CCRS coordinated the development of an Epidemiologic Profile on Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) to support DPHs efforts to understand the extent of HCV in the state of Delaware. CCRS worked with DPH to identify and access different data sets that were used to develop the profile.
CCRS Research Team
Janice Barlow, MA, Policy Scientist and Kids Count Director
Katie Gifford, PhD, Policy Scientist
Erin Knight, PhD, MPH, Associate Director, Policy Scientist
Max Holdsworth, MS, Graduate Research Assistant
Shelby Moser, MA, Graduate Research Assistant
For more information on HCV in Delaware:
Hepatitis C Epidemoiological Profile, December, 2017Delaware Division of Public Health Adult Viral Hepatitis Program
Hepatitis C Epidemoiological Profile, December, 2017
Delaware Division of Public Health Adult Viral Hepatitis Program
Health in All Policies (HiAP) is a cross-sector approach to decision-making that addresses the complex factors that influence health and equity at the state and community level. It requires engaging and collaborating with non-traditional partners in sectors that may not view themselves as having and interest in or influence on health, or do not see themselves as having a role in health promotion. The purpose of this project was to research promising practices, as well as collect baseline data across sectors, in order to develop recommendations for building a statewide HiAP Collaborative in Delaware. The project supports the Delaware Division of Public Health's efforts to implement its health equity strategy with other state agencies and community partners.
For more information about this project, please contact Erin Knight, PhD, MPH.
courtesy of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build
Health equitythe attainment of the highest possible level of health for all peopleis a fundamental (though sometimes overlooked) goal of public health. A right to the attainment of optimal health was articulated in the Constitution of the World Health Organization in 1948 and continues to be central to a human rights-based approach to health.
The Health Equity Guide was originally created with the intent to support the Delaware Division of Public Health in the implementation of its health equity strategy. In this way, it is intended as a practical resource for professionals. At the same time, we saw the need for a more politically-aware approach to evidence based practice in public health, and this guide is an attempt to drive public dialogue in the right direction. It provides tools for health equity advocates at different levels of influence to shape healthy public policies and practices
Erin K. Knight, PhD, MPH, Associate Director, CCRS
Gabrielle Ransford, Public Health Associate, Community Health, Delaware Division of Public Health
Paige Gugerty, Undergraduate Public Policy Fellow, CCRS
Erin Dugan, Undergraduate Research Assistant, CCRS
Cassandra Codes-Johnson, MPA, Director of Community Health, Delaware Division of Public Health
To view or download the complete guide, visit our Recent Publications page. For an interactive version of the guide, or to download individual sections, visit Delaware Health Equity Guide.