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  • Stephanie Andersen
    Project Coordinator

    Stephanie is the Project Coordinator for the Best Practices User Guides project, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The user guides are a set of "how-to" implementation guides for building effective and sustainable comprehensive state tobacco control programs. Stephanie oversees research, development, writing, and editing of all user guides and coordinates all day-to-day project activities, including serving as a primary contact for external partners. Stephanie previously worked on the evaluation of the Missouri Foundation for Health's Healthy & Active Communities Initiative. Her interests include program evaluation, qualitative analysis, and the promotion of evidence-based research in policy and decision making.

    Education

    ​BA, Political Science, Truman State University, 2009
    MPA, Public Policy, University of Missouri Truman School of Public Affairs, 2011


  • Caren Bacon
    Project Coordinator

    Caren is the Project Coordinator for Missouri Foundation for Health’s Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Initiative (TPCI) evaluation. Her primary role is to oversee the evaluation-related activities of TPCI which involves coordinating the day to day activities, data collection, analysis, report development, and report dissemination. Her research interests include evaluation and health policy.​

    Education

    BS, Psychology, Bradley University, 2001
    MPH, Epidemiology and Behavioral Science/Health Education, Saint Louis University, 2004​


  • Smriti Bajracharya
    Project Coordinator

    ​Smriti is the Project Coordinator for the BreatheND Evaluation project, funded by BreatheND. The project provides a wide variety of evaluation services and data analysis technical assistance to BreatheND. Her primary role is to coordinate all evaluation-related activities of the project, including day-to-day activities, and to serve as a primary contact for the external partner. She also contributes to the evaluation of Raising St. Louis project. Her interests include program evaluation, qualitative data analysis, and data visualization.

    Education

    ​BA, Sociology & Anthropology, Colby College, 2011
    MPH, Social & Behavioral Science and Epidemiology, Boston University School of Public Health, 2014

     


  • Deena Brosi
    Senior Research Assistant

    Deena Brosi is a Senior Research Assistant working on the Tobacco Town Minnesota project and the evaluation team for Missouri Foundation for Health’s Expanding Coverage Initiative. Her responsibilities cover data collection and analysis for agent-based modeling input, survey data management, literature reviews, and organization of protocols and methods for future analysis. Previous work includes assessing state and local government agencies for involvement in point-of-sale (POS) policies to address tobacco in the retail environment for the Advancing Science and Policy in the Retail Environment (ASPiRE) project. Her interests include public health policy and biostatistics, specifically regarding chronic diseases such as diabetes and cancer.

    Education

    ​BS, Biological Sciences, University of California, Irvine, 2013
    MPH, Washington University in St. Louis, 2016


  • Bobbi Carothers
    Senior Data Analyst

    Bobbi is a Senior Data Analyst for the Center. Her current responsibility is to serve as the data analyst for several evaluations, including Washington University’s Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences (ICTS), Project LAUNCH, and RELINK. Her main tasks include development of online survey tools, analysis, as well as report and paper development. Bobbi’s previous work includes evaluations for the National Association of County and City Health Officials; the Rippel Foundation; Transdisciplinary Research on Energetics and Cancer; Communities Putting Prevention to Work; CDC National Networks for Tobacco Control and Prevention; St. Louis Children’s Hospital; Southwest Center for Agricultural Health, Injury Prevention, and Education; and Missouri Foundation for Health. She has served as Adjunct Faculty for the Brown School of Social Work teaching Applied Linear Modeling. Her research interests include applying social network analysis to public health evaluation contexts. 

    Education

    ​BA, Psychology, State University of New York at Geneseo, 1997
    MA, Personality and Social Psychology, University of Rochester, 2000
    PhD, Personality and Social Psychology, University of Rochester, 2003


  • Veronica Linda Chaitan
    Data Analyst

    Veronica is a Data Analyst working on the evaluation of the North Dakota Comprehensive Tobacco Prevention and Control Program. Her responsibilities include development and analysis of databases and datasets, data management, and preparation of findings for dissemination products. Her interests include epidemiology and biostatistics.


    Education

    ​BS, Biology & Philosophy, St. John’s University, 2014
    MPH, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Washington University in St. Louis, 2016


  • Sarah Dexter
    Senior Research Assistant

    ​Sarah is the Senior Research Assistant for the Sustainability Project, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sarah’s contributions include Program Sustainability Assessment Tool (sustaintool.org) technical assistance and maintenance, website management, facilitating workshops and webinars on program sustainability assessment and planning, and project communications. Her research interests include nonprofit sustainability planning and implementation.

     
    Education

    ​BA, Sociology and Communication, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2013
    MSW, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2014 


  • Kim Prewitt
    Project Coordinator

    Kim Prewitt is the Project Coordinator for the Sustainability Project at the Center for Public Health Systems Science at Washington University in St Louis. The Sustainability project’s research focuses on collecting and analyzing data on sustainability outcomes to better understand predictors of and barriers to program sustainability across a variety of program type, assisting program sustainability plan development, and assessing sustainability progress over time. Kim is responsible for administering the Program Sustainability Assessment Tool, facilitating workshops and webinars on sustainability assessment and planning, collecting and analyzing data related to sustainability planning and assessment, and providing technical assistance and training for sustaintool.org.

    Education

    ​BA, Sociology, Missouri State University, 2001


  • Amy Sorg
    Senior Data Analyst

    Amy is a Senior Data Analyst at the Center. She currently works with the Brown School Evaluation Center on the Fathers’ Support Center Impact Evaluation Project. Previously, she contributed to the Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Initiative (TPCI) evaluation, the Advancing Science and Policy in the Retail Environment (ASPiRE) project, and the Tobacco Retailer Modeling study. Her research interests include health policy, systems-level research, and evaluation of public health and human service initiatives.

    Education

    ​BS, Psychology, The Ohio State University, 1997
    MPH, Epidemiology, Saint Louis University, 2010


  • Casey Whalen
    Research Assistant

    ​Casey is a Research Assistant for the Expanding Coverage Initiative (ECI) evaluation, funded by Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH). The goal of ECI is to reduce the uninsured rate in Missouri to less than five percent in five years. Her responsibilities include data collection, data cleaning, and providing technical assistance and training for MFH’s ECI grantees. Her interests inclu​de evaluation and public policy.

    Education

    ​​BA, Psychology, University of Missouri – St. Louis, 2012
    MPPA, Policy Research, University of Missouri – St. Louis, Expected 2017


  • Isaiah Zoschke
    Research Assistant

    ​Isaiah is a Research Assistant for the Best Practices User Guides project, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The user guides are a set of "how-to" implementation guides for building effective and sustainable comprehensive state tobacco control programs. Isaiah contributes to all phases of guide development, including researching, writing, and editing all user guides. Isaiah previously researched smoking cessation and quit lengths among LGBT individuals and contributed to a review of environmental and policy interventions to prevent childhood obesity. His interests include minority health disparities, qualitative analysis, environmental- and policy- based interventions, and community-based participatory research.

    Education

    BA, Anthropology, Western Michigan University, 2010
    MPH, Behavioral Science and Health Education, Saint Louis University, 2014



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