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ASPiRE: Advancing Science and Policy in the Retail Environment
Funded by NCI’s State and Community Tobacco Control Initiative, Advancing Science and Policy in the Retail Environment (ASPiRE) is a consortium of research teams from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Washington University in St. Louis, and Stanford Prevention Research Center with an advisory board of public health officials, attorneys, and advocacy organizations.
Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs User GuidesSince 2008, CPHSS has collaborated with the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health to develop a series of implementation user guides to complement the CDC’s Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs—2007. Developed based on information from scientific evidence, literature reviews, case studies, and input from tobacco control experts, these guides provide the tools to build effective and sustainable comprehensive tobacco control programs.
Since 2010, CPHSS has partnered with the CDC Office on Smoking and Health to develop, define, and disseminate a sustainability framework and assessment tool for public health, clinical care, and social service programs. Informed by a literature review, concept mapping process, and expert input, the tool is designed to give stakeholders the ability to measure program capacity for sustainability  across a range of specific organizational and contextual factors.
CPHSS, along with partners from the Brookings Institution, University of North Carolina, and Stanford Prevention Research Center will use dynamic systems modeling to examine the interplay between retailer density reductions and patterns of tobacco purchasing.
ReThink Health Frontiers Network Mapping
As part of the Rippel Foundation's ReThink Health Frontiers project, CPHSS will conduct formative research and network mapping to better understand problems that commonly undermine health system reform ventures.
In 2014, CPHSS collaborated with the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium, a program of the Public Health Law Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, to publish a series of evidence-based tobacco control guides. Topics for these guides were identified as high-priority areas by local, state, and national experts.
CPHSS serves as the external evaluator for Missouri Foundation for Health's five-year initiative to expand health insurance coverage in the state. This initiative aims to reduce the uninsured rate in Missouri to less than 5 percent in five years through engagement, enrollment, and education.
CPHSS is serving as an evaluator for this SAMHSA-funded initiative, which aims to promote health and wellness for children from birth to age eight. CPHSS is using social network analysis and conducting parent interviews to capture information about providing services to children.
Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences Tracking & Evaluation ProgramAlong with other collaborators from Washington University, CPHSS is helping to conduct a large-scale institutional and scientific evaluation designed to utilize evidence-based and innovative evaluation methods to demonstrate the impact of ICTS support on scientific outcomes that result in clinical applications and meaningful community health outcomes and to provide information necessary to ICTS leadership to make effective decisions leading to organizational change.

Raising St. LouisCPHSS is developing an evaluation plan as well as data collection and analysis systems for the Raising St. Louis initiative. Funded by BJC Healthcare, this St. Louis-based initiative aims to provide better paths for health and learning for St. Louis children by providing assistance to families through pregnancy and early childhood.

St. Louis City Re-Entry Linkages (RELINK)In conjunction with the Brown School’s Evaluation Center, CPHSS is helping to evaluate an intervention conducted by the Center for Social Development Smart Decarceration Initiative and the St. Louis Integrated Health Network. Funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, the St. Louis City Re-Entry Linkages (RELINK) project aims to reduce fragmentation of and increase utilization of health care and social service systems by community reentrants from City of St. Louis jails, thereby increasing their stability and hopefully decreasing re-incarceration.

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