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Focus Areas

Community & Workplace Health

Using practice-based insights and tools to create healthy communities and workplaces

We collaborate with government, not-for-profit, and private-sector clients to create healthy communities and workplaces for all by providing the data, practice-based insights, and tools needed to deliver effective interventions. 

Key areas of expertise and experience include: 

  • Culturally responsive and equitable evaluation
  • Design of workplace health promotion initiatives 
  • Community-engaged research 
  • Workforce development training and technical assistance 
  • Health disparities, social determinants of health, and health equity research and evaluation
  • Chronic disease prevention and management

Evaluating Whether Addressing Health Related Social Needs Improves Healthcare Outcomes

With funding from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, RTI is evaluating the implementation and impact of the Accountable Health Communities Model (AHC).  This model is testing whether screening beneficiaries for social needs and navigating them to community services will reduce health care expenditures and improve healthcare utilization.  In 2020, RTI completed the First Evaluation Report.  

Assessing Impact: Community Tobacco Free Interventions

RTI evaluates the Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida (BTFF) tobacco control program, including community-based organizations’ and local health departments’ efforts to educate the public and policymakers about the benefits of tobacco control policy change. RTI assessed and described the relationship between grantee activities and policy change achievements. Our findings and data-driven recommendations support improvements to grantee workplans and intervention efforts. 

Providing Innovative Infection Control Training for Health Care Workers

What’s the best way to train thousands of nurses, environmental services workers, and other frontline health care staff in the latest best practices in infection control and prevention? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) formed Project Firstline, an infection control training collaborative, to help all health care workers obtain foundational knowledge of infection control needed to protect the nation from infectious disease threats. RTI supports Project Firstline by helping CDC design a training strategy, develop engaging training and educational materials, disseminate training content through social media and other platforms, and conduct research needed to inform and evaluate the training products.

Understanding How Communities Are Advancing Health Equity by Addressing Social Determinants of Health

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) have contracted RTI to evaluate the Improving Social Determinants of Health – Getting Further Faster pilot project. Our participatory and mixed-methods retrospective evaluation is designed to better understand how 42 multi-sector community partnerships/coalitions worked to improve chronic conditions and advance health equity by addressing social determinants of health (SDoH). Pilot project SDoH focus areas are built environment, community-clinical linkages, food insecurity, social connectedness, and tobacco-free policy.

Human resources manager and employee having a conversation
Human resources manager and employee having a conversation

Workplace Prevention: Interactive guide for employers to identify and prevent substance misuse

Did you know a majority of adults who misuse opioids are employed? How can employers help address substance misuse in the workplace?  Working with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), RTI developed The Opioid Prevention at Work Interactive Guidean interactive online resource for employers to help them understand, recognize, and prevent substance misuse in the workplace. The guide identifies cost-effective prevention strategies that employers can adopt to help address substance misuse.