Methodology & Evaluation Research Core Facility:Trip Across Nebraska with Project Manager Cole Boyle

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Methodology & Evaluation Research Core Facility:Trip Across Nebraska with Project Manager Cole Boyle

Cole Boyle is a Project Manager with the Methodology and Research Core Facility. This year he took some trips with student workers from the Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Consortium. This gave our student workers an opportunity to learn more about the grants that are being worked on, see what it is like to sit in on interviews, and what travelling for work looks like!

Elvia, one of our student workers stated, "It was a great experience and opportunity to be able to help with the interviews, it assisted me later throughout the transcription process. I also learned more about what Nebraska is doing in the prevention of chronic diseases."

Allyson, one of our student workers from Southeast Community College, said, "I thoroughly enjoyed my trip with Cole! Not only did I get a great insight on the important work that is being done, but I was able to help and be apart of it. Overall, it was a great experience!"

  1. Overview of the project they assisted with:
    1. 1422 is a 4-year CDC-funded grant to support implementation of approaches to prevent obesity, diabetes, and heart disease in Nebraska. There are two components to the 1422 grant: Component 1 supports environmental and system approaches to promote health, support and reinforce healthful behaviors, and build support for lifestyle improvements while component 2 supports health system interventions and community-clinical linkages.
  1. Purpose of the site visits
    1. Mr. Boyle conducts annual site visits at each of the 6 1422-funded local health departments in Nebraska. During these site visits, Boyle interviews health department staff who are implementing the grant activities to assess how things are going for the current year. Boyle asks them questions about facilitators and barriers that they are experiencing and what they need to make sure their efforts and initiatives are successful. Boyle reports results from those interviews to the Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Program at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, which is responsible for administering and overseeing the grant efforts at the state level.