Evaluation of MD Faith-Based Chronic Disease Management Program

Official Title
Evaluation of Healthy Howard’s Journey to Better Health
Howard County, Maryland
9/2015 – 3/2017
IMPAQ Health
Healthy Howard, Inc.
Data Collection, Analysis & Reporting
Mixed Methods Research
Qualitative Data Analysis
Quantitative Data Analysis

Healthy Howard, Inc’s Journey to Better Health (J2BH) builds partnerships with faith-based organizations and equips them to better support congregants fighting chronic diseases. Through J2BH, congregants are screened for pre-diabetes, hypertension, and obesity and enrolled in three evidence-based chronic-disease prevention and self-management classes: the National Diabetes Prevention Program, Hype Down, and Worth the Weight. Volunteer community companions provide social support through member care support networks for enrolled congregants who are frequently hospitalized.

If successful, the program could be a model for scaling up in Howard County and beyond. IMPAQ conducted a mixed methods evaluation of to assess effectiveness, identify lessons learned, and estimate return on investment. We used process, output, and outcome data as well as stakeholder perspectives on program performance, experience, and outcomes. We analyzed quantitative program data using tabulations, trend analysis, and regression modeling. Our work also included designing, collecting, and analyzing interviews of participants, companions, and key personnel.

Our team evaluated multiple projects for the Howard County Health Department and Healthy Howard, Inc. that target the health and well-being of county residents. J2BH is one of those programs.

The team included quantitative and qualitative researchers with extensive experience in program evaluation, including the design of primary data collection instruments. They are also experts in chronic disease prevention and management programs and community-based public health programs.