PCH's Current Projects and News
New York Organ Donor Network (NYODN) has contracted PCH to model
factors related to the five criteria of organ donor success used nationally
to compare organ procurement organizations (OPO) and provide a “weight”
for each of the factors that can be used to standardize the scores among
OPOs in different service areas. The weights will be applied to demographic,
health status, and environmental factors . In the first phase of the inquiry
PCH will explore the use of the traditional cadeveric organ donations
criterion of donations per 1,000,000 population as a valid indicator of
the success of Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs).
Clark County Health District (CCHD), in coordination with the Las
Vegas EMA, has contracted PCH to conduct a Needs Assessment including
the documentation and formalization of a continuum of care, an epidemiological
review, a survey on PLWH/A and providers, and focus groups. Information
from the needs assessment will be used to identify service needs, gaps
in service barriers, and available resources for all PLWH/A in the Las
Vegas EMA. The information will be used by the Council, Grantee, and Communities
infected and affected by AIDS as input into the: 1) effective completion
of all Ryan White applications, 2) prioritizing services, 3) establishing
funding levels, and 4) planning of services to best identify unmet needs,
meet those needs, and overcome barriers to services of PLWH/A. PCH will
co-facilitate a priority and allocation workshop using the data form the
Clark County Health District (CCHD), in collaboration with the
Las Vegas EMA, has contracted PCH to create an instrument to interview
individuals not receiving medical care and analyze the results. Using
the HIV/AIDS Reporting System (HARS) database, CCHD identified individuals
that had no reported medical tests or visits in the past year.. Surveillance
staff will attempt to contact those individuals to conduct the survey
and urge them to start or continue care. The investigation will update
the HARS database for all living and deceased cases and collect detailed
information to help understand the reasons for not accessing care. Up
to 200 individuals will be contacted during the course of data collection.
The Houston Area HIV Services Ryan White Planning Council has contracted
PCH to update the Epidemiological Review conduced by PCH in 1998, and
prepare a special Power-Point presentation focusing on communities of
color, and emphasizing the seriousness of the epidemic in communities
of color: Disproportionate Impact of HIV/AIDS on Communities of Color.
The PowerPoint Presentation can be seen on PCH's website under publications.
Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) has contracted
PCH to update the epidemiological review, comprehensive HIV/AIDS Care
Needs Assessment, and Comprehensive Plan in the Dallas Eligible Metropolitan
Area (EMA) that PCH conducted in 1998.. The goal of the needs assessment
is to provide the Ryan White Planning Council of the Dallas Area, the
Consortium and DCHHS with data on HIV/AIDS that is necessary for effective
services planning. PCH has interviewed 400 PLWH/A, conducted ten focus
groups with African Americans, Hispanics, heterosexual men and women,
injecting drug users (IDU), and people out-of-care, and conducted key
Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has contracted PCH to
conduct a statewide HIV/AIDS prevention needs assessment report. The goal
of the report is to provide the necessary information for ISDH and the
HIV Prevention Community Planning Group (CPG) to develop a comprehensive
HIV Prevention Plan, set priorities, and allocate available resources
for the met and unmet HIV prevention needs within defined populations
in Indiana. To achieve this goal, PCH will review existing reports, plans
and secondary data, conducted a survey among 450 community residents at
high risk of HIV infection, and conduct fourteen focus groups with community
residents from high risk populations throughout the State of Indiana.
The Houston Area HIV Services Ryan White Planning Council has contracted
with PCH to assist in the development of a survey instrument to measure
HIV/AIDS care needs among communities of color, design a sampling strategy,
and assist in analysis of the survey.
New York Organ Donor Network (NYODN) has contracted PCH to assist
in creating a model to increase organ/tissue donations by expanding a
pilot program that improved the procurement process with the development
of a specialized, highly trained team of designated donation requestors.
The Consortium has the advantage of having collected baseline data which
is available through the Donor and Recipient Tracking System (DARTS).
As part of this large established database the NYODN has data resources
that will be analyzed for this project. The data includes consent data
for organs which can be analyzed by demographics data. Using this data
as a baseline, the data from this project will demonstrate the efficacy
of the program in increasing organ procurement and consent.
Latino Commission on AIDS (LCoA), based in New York City, has contracted
PCH to evaluate the community-level effect of the "Impacto Latino Coalition."
The goal of the Coalition is to promote and facilitate referral linkages
between churches, AIDS service organizations and community-based organization
to build stronger ties amongst groups that provide health related information.
PCH is designing evaluation forms, training LCoA staff on quality data
collection methods, and will analyze the data collected from the pre/post
intervention surveys to measure outcomes of the program.
TECHNOLOGY UPGRADE: PCH is upgrading its internal computer system. Thanks
to a donation of Microsoft of software (through Showcase New York, New
Jersey, and Connecticut), we will be upgrading our workstations to NT
for workstations and Windows 2000, and upgrading NT and Exchange on our
servers. PCH will also be installing a DSL line to allow 24/7 Internet
access. Thanks to a donation by Adobe of Acrobat (through Gifts-in-Kind)
PCH will be placing more of its reports and documents on-line in order
to provide HIV/AIDS care needs assessment analysis.
Lucas Sebastian Orellana-Espada: Lucia, our Senior Analyst, just
gave birth to a beautiful healthy 7 1/4 lb baby boy. She will be out on
maternity leave until June 1st.
The Indiana Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Services Planning and Advisory Council
for the Indiana Sate Department of Health, Division of HIV/STD has contracted
PCH to provide a comprehensive statewide HIV/AIDS needs assessment related
to their Title II programs. In addition PCH will be collaborating to combine
the Title II and Title III needs assessment. The project includes a epidemiological
profile, the measurement of unmet needs, development of continuum of care,
resource guide, and recommendations for an a system that collects data
for ongoing assessment. The surveys, focus groups, and key informant data
collected among PLWH/A and providers, as well as review existing data,
will be analyzed to determine needs, unmet needs, and barriers to care
for PLWH/A in Indiana. PCH will assist the Council in prioritizing services
and funding levels and developing a comprehensive care plan.
Aurora and The Actor's Fund have contracted
PCH to evaluate convalescent care in a cluster setting. PCH will produce
a report based on the analysis of survey and medical record data to assess
whether the Aurora’s Convalescence Model promotes the viability
of discharge to non-institutionalized settings based on outcomes. This
will be a three year project.
The Foundation for Research on Sexually
Transmitted Diseases, Inc. (FROST’D), located in
New York City has contracted PCH to continue its previous organizational
assessment by developing an organizational structure with job
descriptions. PCH will recommend an organizational structure and provide
job descriptions for key managerial staff
The Multnomah County Health Department located in Portland,
Oregon has contracted PCH to conduct a study for a standardized system
for client intake, monitoring, and assessment, including standardized
eligibility for all Ryan White Care Act funded services.
The objective of this project will be to research existing models for a
standardized intake and assessment system which includes documentation of
client eligibility. This project will include: documenting eligibility
criteria for Ryan White funded services in the Portland EMA; Reviewing
eligibility criteria as outlined in the Health Resources and Services
Administration (HRSA) documents/records; and Reviewing automated standard
intake and eligibility data systems used in other EMAs and health care
Multnomah County Health Department
has also contracted a statewide provider survey distributed to 100 plus
medical and social service providers. From these providers, we are seeking
information to identify, assess, and describe the Continuum of Care in
order to capture an understanding of prevention and treatment services
The Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources
and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded
PCH a contract to conduct Population And Data Based Assessment Of Unmet
Need For HIV Health and Support Services. The objective of this project
is to assist Title I and Title II Ryan White CARE Act (RWCA) programs
to develop more explicit and sophisticated methods for conducting population
and data-based assessments of unmet needs of HIV health and support services.
The project will:
- Enhance current a qualitative and
quantitative assessment of unmet needs for the Houston and Portland
EMAs, Houston HSDA, and State of Oregon;
- Develop a complete description of a
generalizable methodology for conducting assessments of unmet need,
suitable for use in providing guidance to all RWCA programs.
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