Public Health Seminar Series:

The Role of Evaluation in Chronic Disease Prevention through Active Transportation Projects in Orange County by Art Garcia Jr., MPH

Monday, March 13, 2017 12:00pm CalIT2, Auditorium OCW Video Archive
Seminar Abstract

Population-based strategies are increasingly used by public agencies to address poor health outcomes, such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Given the complexity of these issues, strategies to address them must also be complex, requiring interventions at the systems, policy, environmental, community, and individual levels to increase the reach and impact of such interventions. The Orange County Partnership to Improve Community Health (OC PICH) is a 3-year CDC-funded initiative using multiple strategies to reduce chronic diseases in Orange County. This presentation will focus on the Active Transportation strategy and the evaluation conducted by Special Service for Groups. Specifically, the presenters will discuss evaluation methods used to assess the impact of the multi-sector partnerships on health and discuss preliminary findings and lessons learned from the evaluation.

Speaker Biography - Art Garcia Jr., MPH

Art Garcia Jr., MPH
Art Garcia Jr., MPH and Lila Burgos, MURP
Art Garcia received a Master of Public Health degree from UCLA. As a Senior Research Analyst, he specializes in strategic planning for local non-profits and evaluation of public health programs. He has 12 years of clinical and community-based research and evaluation experience on a range of medical and public health issues. Art currently uses community-based participatory research and empowerment evaluation to address health inequalities in underserved populations and examines system-level factors that influence health outcomes. Lila Burgos, Senior Research Analyst, received her Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. Ms. Burgos has experience applying community-based participatory research to active transit projects in addition to providing guidance on the OC-PICH Active Transit Evaluation. She brings a strong background and knowledge of the role that civil society, private and government entities play in the implementation of active transit projects.

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