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Grantee Best Practices and Promising Approaches

Grantee Promising Approaches & Best Practices

Grantee Best Practices and Promising Approaches

The systematic use of the Strategic Framework, performance measurement and evaluation tools, and the other resources on this website is intended to improve the ability of OMH, its grantees, and others to identify those strategies and practices that "work" in achieving desired or intended program results.

In FY 2010, OMH established an Evaluation Technical Assistance Center (ETAC) with skilled evaluators available through contract support to provide training and technical assistance to ensure that its grantees and other funding recipients complete project evaluation plans consistent with OMH's guidelines and protocols, implement plans, and report their successes and other results. As a consequence of systematic monitoring, documentation, and reporting by ETAC personnel of the data collection and evaluation efforts conducted by grantees in OMH grant programs funded since ETAC’s establishment, OMH has been able to identify those projects with the strongest evidence of intervention effectiveness and associated ‘best practices’ as each grant program undergoing ETAC protocols comes to the end of its funding cycle.  In addition, through the ETAC, OMH has also been able to identify additional completed grant projects with moderate evidence of intervention effectiveness indicative of ‘promising approaches’ in addressing racial and ethnic minority health.

The following projects represent those with sufficient evidence of intervention effectiveness from three OMH grant programs initially funded in FY 2009, continuously funded for the next three years, and completed at the end of FY 2012. These projects were selected from the following FY 2009 grant programs: the Curbing HIV/AIDS Transmission among High-Risk Minority Youth and Adolescents (CHAT) Program; the HIV/AIDS Health Improvement for Re-entering Ex-offenders (HIRE) Program; and the Youth Empowerment Program (YEP).  For each of these programs, the projects presented below are organized so that those with the strongest evidence of intervention effectiveness which enabled identification of ‘best practices’ are presented first, followed by those projects with moderate evidence of intervention effectiveness which reflected potentially ‘promising approaches’ to improve racial and ethnic minority health and address racial and ethnic health disparities.

FY 2009-FY 2012 Curbing HIV/AIDS Transmission among High-Risk Minority Youth and Adolescents (CHAT) Program

Name of OMH Grant Program: Curbing HIV/AIDS Transmission Among High-Risk Minority Youth and Adolescents (CHAT)
Initial Year of Funding: FY 2009
Project Period (Number of Years): 3
Brief Description of OMH Grant Program:
The purpose of CHAT is to improve the HIV/AIDS health outcomes of high-risk minority youth by supporting community-based efforts to increase HIV/AIDS prevention, education, testing, and referrals. CHAT's target population is minority high-risk youth including runaway youth, homeless youth substance abusers, youth involved in prostitution, youth in alternative schools, youth in juvenile detention centers, and youth in alternative living arrangements ordered by the courts. CHAT is intended to test the effectiveness of the collaborative partnership approach in: supporting ongoing HIV/AIDS prevention/education and testing initiatives aimed at at-risk youth in alternative educational settings, juvenile detention facilities, and alternative living arrangements ordered by the courts; using innovative technology-based approaches and social networking sites as a tool to support instant communication with the target population to increase access to safer sex information and HIV/AIDS prevention and education; utilizing youth peer educators to reach and influence young people with information, education and prevention messages, following the six elements (i.e., knowledge, critical thinking, identity and solidarity, empowerment, motivation and confidence, supportive social networks, and access to services and resources) of an "AIDS-Competent Community" as a guide for a supportive community.

California Prevention & Education Project (CAL-PEP)
Cascade AIDS Project (CAP)
Lutheran Family Health Centers
Sasha Bruce Youthwork, Inc.

Indegenous Peoples Task Force
The Hetrick-Martin Institute
Vista Community Clinic
Alternatives for Girls

FY 2009-2012 HIV/AIDS Health Improvement for Re-entering Ex-offenders Initiative (HIRE)

Name of OMH Grant Program: HIV/AIDS Health Improvement for Re-entering Ex-offenders Initiative (HIRE)
Initial Year of Funding: 2009
Project Period (Number of Years): 3
Brief Description of OMH Grant Program:
The HIRE program is designed to bring together multiple stakeholders within the public health system to work together to implement a model transition process by linking the re-entry population to community-based, minority-serving organizations that provide HIV/AIDS-related services. Funded grantees under the HIRE program tested different methods or models of linking HIV-infected ex-offenders to a comprehensive array of health, social, and support services to help them make a more successful transition back into the community and to stay healthy. These methods include a combination of strategies such as conducting outreach and training activities (both prior to or just after release) that focused on HIV/AIDS awareness and healthy behaviors, the importance of testing for HIV and adhering to anti-retroviral treatment; providing on-the-spot (rapid) HIV testing and counseling; and providing referrals for testing, counseling, substance abuse and treatment, job placement, housing assistance, and other support services. This was accomplished by hiring staff to serve as discharge planners and peer navigators or educators, providing participants with transportation services on the day of release, and providing assistance in filling prescriptions following release. These strategies were implemented to assure continuity of care via successful linkage of re-entrants to service providers. Projects funded by the HIRE program are located in states with the highest incidence of inmates known to be infected with HIV or that have confirmed AIDS (Florida, Texas, and New York).

The Long Island Association for AIDS Care, Inc.
The Osborne Association
Metropolitan Charities, Inc.

Housing Works, Inc.
City of Dallas Environmental and Health Services

FY 2009-2012 Youth Empowerment Program (YEP)

Name of OMH Grant Program: Youth Empowerment Program
Initial Year of Funding: FY 2009
Project Period (Number of Years): 3
Brief Description of OMH Grant Program:
The purpose of the Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) is to address unhealthy behaviors in minority at-risk youth 10 to 18 years of age, and provide them opportunities to learn skills and gain experiences that contribute to more positive lifestyles and enhance their capacity to make healthier life choices. The YEP is intended to test the effectiveness of community-based innovative approaches in promoting healthy behaviors among minority youth at risk for poor health/life outcomes. These demonstration grants require a multi-partner approach involving institutions of higher education, primary and secondary schools, community organizations and institutions, and the community at-large. It is expected that the YEP will result in: Reduction in or elimination of high-risk behaviors; Strengthening of protective/resiliency factors; Development of sustainable basic life skills needed to deal with the demands of everyday life; Development of skills and behaviors that lead to healthier lifestyle choices and to overall success in life. As a whole, these projects will focus on the reduction of high-risk behaviors and connect individuals to a continuum of care to promote healthy behavior.

Marquette University
Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU)

Swarthmore College
Towson University
The University of Utah

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