The Community Epidemiology & Program Evaluation Group (CEPEG) studies attitudes, behaviors, and potential interventions related to public health, and provides a full range of evaluation services for public health programs. Among our current projects:
The Attitudes and Behaviors Surveys (TABS) on Health
TABS on Health periodically collects population-level information about the factors that influence the health of Colorado adults and which can be influenced by public health programs to improve the health of our state. The aims are 1) to help identify the most widespread, influential and changeable risk factors; 2) to determine how such factors vary among Colorado adults by sociodemographic and other characteristics, and 3) to help evaluate the impact of Amendment 35 funded grant programs.
Unified Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS)
The HKCS periodically collects health information from Colorado public school students, and a unified version has been launched for 2013 that consolidates multiple needs for youth health data. The unified HKCS is sponsored by three state agencies* and is expected to improve data quality, accuracy and precision while reducing student-survey requests to schools. The unified HKCS will first be administered in fall 2013 to approximately 40,000 randomly selected students from approximately 300 schools.
Chronic Disease and Tobacco Control Program Evaluations
Approximately 80 local health agencies and community-based organizations receive tobacco tax funds (Amendment 35 revenues) for programs that try to reduce the ill effects of chronic conditions (heart and lung diseases, cancer), health risks (tobacco use, poor diet, physical inactivity), and disparities that disadvantage minority populations. CEPEG is evaluating some of these programs directly and is providing evaluation training and technical assistance to other programs.
*Colorado Department of Education, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Office of Behavioral Health.