Decent Care Values (DCV) is an innovative, values-based model to transform health care at three levels - individual, social, and systemic - and to bridge human rights principles with the practice of medicine.The Altarum Decent Care Values in Palliative Care Services Project builds upon the philosophy of DCV. The Decent Care Values Project features demonstration projects in organizations from the WHO regions of Africa and the Western Pacific.
Altarum is helping NIH’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute achieve the goals of empowering community health workers, as an integral part of a public health approach, to reducing and ultimately eliminating health disparities in cardiovascular, lung, and blood diseases among underserved and minority communities.
Altarum provides policy research and evaluation support to several projects funded by the Michigan Department of Community Health that focus on promoting physical activity and healthy eating. For each of these projects, Altarum develops evaluation instruments and resources, provides evaluation technical assistance to community-based grantees, and details policy implications of evaluation findings.
Altarum Institutestudied the feasibility of designing a Web-based data system that could be used during a disaster to track and maintain the dispensing of medication to patients being treated for opioid dependence.
Altarum Institute has been at the forefront of research for the Department of Defense in developing nationwide drive time profiles that can quickly answer questions concerning the adequacy of beneficiary access to TRICARE provider networks comprised of thousands of providers across the United States.
In collaboration with Texas A&M University, Altarum Institute helped the U.S. Army’s Institute of Surgical Research to improve the content, quality, and outcomes associated with combat casualty care data collection and management.
Health Program Development, Management, and Evaluation
Altarum is currently conducting two USDA Food and Nutrition Service-funded evaluations of seven models of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) nutrition education to determine the extent to which SNAP education interventions can be linked to increasing healthy eating behaviors.
The Performance Measurement Branch Analysis Contract assists the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) in achieving its mission through providing expert analysis and translation of data into useful information and products for the ultimate enhancement of services provided and managed by CSAT and its grantees.
Altarum Institute worked directly with the 16 leading national African-American civic and social organizations (e.g., the NAACP, Urban League) to incorporate HIV/AIDS awareness, prevention, and communication strategies into their historic missions and day-to-day activities, with the ultimate goal of increasing HIV-related awareness, knowledge, and action within African-American communities across the United States.
In a study conducted for the Office of Population Affairs, Altarum Institute developed a literature review to provide a systemic view of approaches to addressing cultural competence in health care and family planning; conducted key informant interviews; conducted site visits to Title X programs; and developed a synthesis report that included a summary analysis of the types of culturally competent approaches being used in Title X clinics.
Altarum Institute provides support and guidance to state and local WIC programs to implement the Participant-Centered Service Model in assessment and planning, training on communication and "champion" skills, and leadership and mentoring.
Altarum Institute operates the technical assistance (TA) center for the Recovery Community Services Program (RCSP) for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. The RCSP builds capacity within recovery communities to provide peer-to-peer services promoting relapse prevention and long-term recovery from alcohol and drug addiction.
Altarum supports the Office of Minority Health (OMH) on the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA), a national movement intended to mobilize a nationwide, comprehensive, community-driven, and sustained approach to combating health disparities. The implementation of an initiative as complex and multilayered as the NPA requires both substantive expertise in addressing health disparities and the ability to convene and bring to consensus multisectoral and multidisciplinary groups of stakeholders.
Altarum Institute is assisting the Office of Adolescent Health in putting together the strategic plan that will help establish a clear vision, mission, and priorities for OAH and help inform and strengthen current and future programming.
Through a series of contracts with the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation, Altarum Institute is developing a set of resources to support, monitor, and evaluate Smart Beginnings Coalitions. VECF funds 24 local coalitions throughout the state of Virginia to develop and implement strategic plans focused on improving early childhood systems covering the full range of services and resources that support families in their efforts to successfully raise children so they enter kindergarten healthy and ready to learn.
The Health Resources and Services Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau awarded a contract to Altarum Institute to facilitate the implementation of the Maternal and Child Health Training Program’s National Strategic Plan and the achievement of the plan’s goals through establishment of the Maternal and Child Health Training Resource Center.
The MCFAS was developed by Altarum to forecast eligible beneficiaries and TRICARE enrollees throughout the 6-year planning and budgeting period used by the Department of Defense Military Health System.
Working with the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Altarum Institute facilitated an innovative collaboration of active military, veteran and academic medical centers in a clinical trial of ways to manage chronic diseases.
Altarum Institute is demonstrating that Lean Six Sigma (LSS) principles in health care, when applied rigorously and throughout an entire organization, have a positive impact on productivity, cost, quality, and timely delivery of services.
Altarum Institute has developed the Health Care Requirements Analysis (HCRA) tool for forecasting the health care needs of local populations. These analyses are used in turn by facility planners to design and build health care facilities and systems to meet those needs.
Two military institutional review boards, at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command Headquarters, rely on science writers from Altarum’s subsidiary Palladian Partners to capture their discussion matters accurately and maintain strict confidentiality.
Palladian Partners, an Altarum subsidiary, worked with the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and Defense and 10 partnering organizations to develop branded promotional and meeting materials for the 2010 Technologies for Critical Incident Preparedness Conference and Exhibition
Altarum Institute supports the work of the American Health Information Community (AHIC), chartered to promote the use of health information technologies, through the coordination and facilitation of numerous expert in-person and Web-based meetings.
Altarum Institute has been involved in several projects to assess and promote nutrition education programs targeting low-income families, including those eligible for the Special Supplemental Program for WIC.
Altarum Institute and Palladian Partners, an Altarum company, have a multiyear contract to support the NIH Pain Consortium in the selection and operation of Centers of Excellence in Pain Education (CoEPEs). The NIH Pain Consortium, comprised of representatives from almost all of the NIH Institutes and Centers, seeks to enhance pain research and advance pain management education nationwide. CoEPEs will develop, evaluate, and promote pain management curriculum resources for health care professionals that will advance the assessment, diagnosis, and safe treatment of pain.
For the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s sodium reduction campaign, Altarum subsidiary Palladian Partners produced an educational live-footage video on the dangers of excess sodium consumption.
As a resource for grantees, Altarum subsidiary Palladian Partners planned, created, and hosts a webinar series on earned media since 2011. The popular series, called Soundbites, provides grantees with real-world strategies for gaining media attention.
Altarum subsidiary Palladian Partners developed a content strategy and visual redesign for the National Cancer Institute’s Office of Advocacy Relations Science Serving People website, a key vehicle for OAR’s outreach to the public.
As part of its nationwide sexually transmitted disease awareness and prevention campaign, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention called on Altarum subsidiary Palladian Partners to produce low-literacy English- and Spanish-language brochures for young adults, millions of whom contract an STD every year.
Science writers at Palladian Partners, an Altarum subsidiary, contribute articles to each issue of DCEG Linkage, the newsletter of the National Cancer Institute’s Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics.
For nearly 4 years, Altarum’s subsidiary Palladian Partners has led or supported the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) efforts to identify and target media outlets, advocacy groups, and other potential avenues for disseminating materials that highlight NCRR activities.