Altarum to Conduct SNAP-Ed Evaluation in Illinois, Health Survey in Oregon 

February 03, 2021

Altarum was selected by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to conduct a statewide evaluation of its SNAP-Ed program and the Oregon Health Authority to conduct four public health surveys.

For the University of Illinois, Altarum will evaluate the impact of the statewide SNAP-Ed Community Network approach and its statewide SNAP-Ed social marketing campaign. Additionally, Altarum will conduct hypothetical modeling analysis to assess the economic value of health and behavior impacts targeted for all SNAP-Ed programming.

Altarum has been at the forefront of SNAP-Ed evaluation since its inception, from conducting the Models of SNAP Education and Evaluation, Wave I and II Studies and the Analysis of SNAP-Ed Data in All States for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service to evaluating and submitting into the SNAP-Ed Toolkit an innovative intervention developed by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

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In addition, Altarum will conduct for the Oregon Health Authority four public health surveys of 2000 respondents each over two years for a total of 8000 respondents. These fast-turnaround surveys will provide the state with current data on public health attitudes and behaviors and will inform its response to emerging public health developments. Altarum will conduct the methodology, sampling, survey programming, fielding, data processing, and full documentation using web and postal mail survey recruitment.

Altarum has conducted surveys for several federal agencies, including a longitudinal survey of thousands of Veterans for the US Department of Veterans Affairs to understand how traumatic experiences affect the health of veterans over time. Altarum also conducted HRSA’s 2019 National Survey of Organ Donation Attitudes and Behaviors. And over the summer, Altarum self-funded a survey of nursing home residents to understand the emotional toll of social isolation resulting from Covid-19 restrictions. The findings were widely reported in the news media and helped shed light on the need for policy and structural reforms in the nation’s long-term care system.

Learn more about Altarum’s applied research and evaluation services.

Altarum is a nonprofit organization that works with federal and state agencies and foundations to design and implement solutions to improve the health of individuals with fewer financial resources and populations disenfranchised by the health care system. We achieve measurable results by combining our expertise in public health and health care delivery with technology, workforce training and continuing education, applied research, and technical assistance. Our innovative solutions lead to better health for beneficiaries and better value for payers.