As a destination for interdisciplinary population health research, the Center for Urban Population Health is uniquely positioned to provide leadership and research infrastructure for high priority and emerging population health initiatives.
With the foundational infrastructure provided by its three institutional partners, the Center, as an independent entity, envisions a significant role in facilitating inter-institutional collaboration. Over the past 15 years, the Center has refined its expertise. Our projects and partnerships fall within four essential functions:
1. Research and Assessment: Support research and assess health and factors that influence health
2. Plan: Engage in planning processes that value community, evidence, and accountability
3. Evaluate: Evaluate programs, practices, and policies to understand, value, and improve the contributions of partners
4. Engage: Collaborate on efforts to educate, communicate, disseminate or translate assessment, evaluation, or research findings to foster individual and community awareness and action
Experienced with designing quantitative and qualitative research studies, basic and advanced statistical analysis, qualitative analysis and presentation of results, CUPH has expertise in multiple data collection methodologies, including survey design, web-based surveys, Telform (scannable) surveys, semi-structured and structured interviews and focus groups.
Additionally, CUPH collaborates with clinical and community partners to conduct evaluations that are collaborative and utilization-focused. We work with communities to tailor evaluation plans and data collection processes and tools to be feasible and attractive to all partners-community and funding. We understand and prioritize the needs of our community partners.
CUPH creates environments where community and academic partners can digest evidence and collectively adapt what works into local solutions. We are happy to support your needs across a continuum of approaches, from engaging partnerships in creating new health promotion programming to creating advisory boards to inform and council research development or implementation.
Moreover, elements of translation including targeted dissemination, communication and education activities are in place so to support our partners in digesting data or health information and creating materials and events that allows for easy interaction with the information and understanding.
Faculty and staff can provide support and guidance in planning for research and intervention development. We have experience in convening stakeholders; facilitation and meeting coordination; translating evidence and stakeholder desire; and co-creating agenda/programing/practice/policy/evaluation
Research and Assessment
With over 15 years of organizational experience and memory, CUPH has developed a responsive approach in supporting investigator driven, community-connected research and education initiatives.
Investigator Partnerships is a single entry and coordination point for investigator interactions with the Center of which there are three levels of engagement:
Another area of expertise is in community health assessments. Our team works with interested parties to define their "community," obtain relevant health data and to present the data in an easily understood format that meets the needs of the community. To support partner's ability to track the health, CUPH develops data registries, public facing websites that can be used for multi-site data entry and report writing and is an honest broker for public health information across institutions.