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 New: CDPH/CTCP Priority Populations Initiative Evaluation

​The California Department of Public Health California Tobacco Control Program awarded UCLA CHPR funding to conduct the statewide Priority Populations Initiative Evaluation, which will assess the overall effectiveness of the Priority Populations Initiative in promoting the adoption and implementation of policy and systems change, community engagement, and partnerships on policy and systems change efforts.

We Need Your Help: Participate in the Evaluation!  

Are you interested in helping promote the adoption and implementation of tobacco-related policy and systems change? UCLA CHPR is recruiting community leaders, policymakers, and members of tobacco-related coalitions across California to participate as key informants (KIs) in a series of surveys and interviews.  

The study is made up of three surveys and three 30-minute interviews (one of each per year). KIs receive a $30 gift card after each interview as a token of appreciation. 


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Chronic diseases — such as diabetes, cancer, asthma and heart disease — are the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. The Center’s Chronic Disease Program is a premier source of data and research on chronic diseases such as asthma and diabetes as well as a range of related health promotion issues, including the social and environmental factors that contribute to obesity, lack of physical activity and poor diet.
Program staff conduct research on factors that both promote healthy living (more physical activity and better diet) and prevent the development or exacerbation of chronic diseases. Staff also focus on appropriateness and quality of care for chronic conditions. The Program has published innovative research on topics ranging from the link between high numbers of neighborhood fast food restaurants and obesity to the high rates of asthma in neighborhoods adjacent to major highways.
Our researchers utilize state-of-the-art methodology for studies on chronic disease and health promotion, including hierarchical models, small area estimation, as well as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to link health and environment data. Program staff also conduct cross-cutting research on chronic disease costs and disparities in conjunction with other Center Programs, including the Health Economics & Evaluation Research Program and the Health Disparities Program.
Program experts have been asked to give testimony before California’s legislature, consumer and civic groups and elsewhere on the effects of obesity, diabetes, asthma and other chronic conditions and to recommend policy options to combat those effects.
Our researchers and staff regularly provide data and analyses in support of improved public health policies to funders and community health and advocacy groups.
For more information on potential partnership opportunities, please Contact Us.