To help researchers and policymakers identify the best approaches to addressing the concussion epidemic in youth athletics, Mathematica conducted a pilot project to explore the experiences of stakeholders at two high schools that outfitted athletes with head impact sensors.
We have a long history of studying disease prevention and health promotion initiatives. Our staff has assessed programs to prevent childhood obesity and evaluated efforts that have shown promise in slowing the spread of the childhood obesity epidemic. We have identified interventions that promote better nutrition and increased physical activity, and examined efforts to reduce risky behaviors as a means of promoting public health. Our work in evaluating prevention models and interventions in the areas of smoking and substance abuse has produced valuable information to inform public health efforts. In addition, we are assessing pregnancy prevention models and evaluating programs promoting healthy pregnancies and maternal and child health.
Examining the Use of Head Impact Sensors in School Sports
Understanding the Risks of Tackling in Youth Football
Using innovative mouth guard sensor technology, Mathematica is conducting a rigorous evaluation over 27 months to measure head impacts in more than 40 youth football teams.
Do Taxes on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Help Reduce Child Obesity? A Look at Three Cities
This study is evaluating the implementation and impact of these taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages in Philadelphia and two other cities to be determined.
Evaluation of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau's Combating Autism Act Initiative
We designed and conducted an evaluation of nine state autism demonstration grants and implementation of their state plans. We also assessed the role of the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs in coordinating and supporting the state demonstrations.
Project Access: Improving Care for Children with Epilepsy
Our study sought to understand the extent to which Project Access and its grantees improved access to quality epilepsy services, and provided input on future planning for learning and improvement. Key short-term outcomes included developing effective and sustainable partnerships between families, providers,...
Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for the Women Across the Nation (WISEWOMAN) Program: Evaluation and Technical Assistance
We are leading technical assistance and evaluation activities for this program that provides low-income, underinsured, and uninsured women ages 40 to 64 with health services to support prevention, management, and treatment of cardiovascular disease.
Evaluation Design for a Transformed Healthy Start Program
Mathematica developed an evaluation design and plan for the transformed Healthy Start Program, an initiative that aims to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in infant mortality. The data collection tools we developed included program surveys, a site visit protocol, and a focus group protocol.
Evaluation of the HHS Disparities Action Plan
This plan outlines goals and actions to reduce the gaps in health and health care between minority communities and the rest of the American population. Mathematica's evaluation provides critical information to internal U.S. Department of Health and Human Services stakeholders to make the plan successful....
Evaluation of the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps Program
Many of the factors that influence health, such as social and economic factors and the physical environment, are outside the traditional public health and health care arenas. This five-year evaluation focuses on understanding whether and how Roadmaps to Health contributes to increased action toward improving...