So O’Neil is a senior researcher with expertise in maternal and child health, health disparities, and community-based public health program evaluation for purposes of program improvement and assessment.
She is well versed in conducting evaluations with a participatory approach. She has extensive experience developing and assessing performance and quality indicators and measures, as well as providing measurement and evaluation technical assistance and training to federal and state agencies and their grantees.
She is currently providing measurement and reporting technical assistance to grantees of the Well–Integrated Screening and Evaluation for Women Across the Nation (WISEWOMAN) program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She recently completed environmental scans of Good Samaritan, resuscitation credentialing, and heart disease and stroke prevention policies to support and inform current and future policy activities of the CDC and the American Heart Association. She has assessed health disparities in avoidable hospitalizations using prevention quality indicators. For the national evaluation of the Healthy Start program, she authored a paper on evidence of trends and risk factors in infant mortality; helped to develop the participant survey; and contributed to the analysis of participant demographics, utilization, satisfaction, and outcomes.
She has published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Maternal and Child Health Journal, Preventing Chronic Disease, and the Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. She is a member of the American Evaluation Association and has presented at its conference and the National Healthy Start Association conference. She has an M.S. in health policy and management from the Harvard School of Public Health.
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- Areas of Expertise
- Key Projects
- Professional Activities
- Maternal and child health
- Health disparities
- Community-based public health program evaluation for purposes of program improvement
- Data Management and Technical Assistance for the Division of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention—Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for Women Across the Nation Program
- Massachusetts Tobacco Control Program Evaluation Studies
- Good Samaritan and Resuscitation Credentialing Law and Regulation Review
- "A Participatory Approach to Achieve Cultural and Linguistic Competence in Research and Evaluation: The Healthy Start Participant Survey.” Washington, DC: National Healthy Start Association Annual Conference (March 14-17, 2010)
- "A Participatory Approach to Ensure Cultural and Linguistic Competence in Survey Research: The Healthy Start Participant Survey." Orlando, FL: Annual Meeting of the American Evaluation Association (November 2009)