CHER was selected to serve as the Learning and Evaluation (L&E) team for Building Healthy Communities Long Beach, a 10-year place-based initiative funded by The California Endowment to address health disparities using a systems level approach. As the local L&E team, CHER has conducted evaluation activities to identify the successes and challenges of implementing a large-scale initiative, and results have been presented at the annual American Public Health Association meeting in 2014, 2015, and 2016.
Through its continued partnership with the City of Long Beach, CHER also serves as the evaluation team for projects implemented by the City and by the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services-Bureau of Human Services. CHER currently serves as the evaluation team for two projects, the California Gang Reduction, Intervention, and Prevention (CalGRIP) 7 Project, or My Sister’s Keeper, that addresses human trafficking in Long Beach and the All In Campaign, a project to reduce chronic truancy and chronic absenteeism. Findings from the evaluation of these aforementioned projects have been used to improve project strategies to ensure that each is making satisfactory progress towards achieving its intended outcomes, and to ensure that the overall project goals are met through use of outcome measures.