Data Collection & Analysis

If you struggle with knowing where and how to collect valid, reliable data to support programmatic efforts or understanding the health of a population, SLM Consulting takes guesswork out. SLM Consulting can help support qualitative data collection efforts through facilitation of focus groups and key informant interviews, as well as quantitative data collection to gather and analyze secondary data, including health indicators. The data can be used to establish baseline measures, describe a population, and evaluate progress. Relevant local, state and national level data will also be gathered to provide an opportunity to compare and measure progress across different population landscapes. These methods provide an opportunity to foster discussions that gain insight into perceptions about specific health issues affecting where people live, work, learn, and play.

case studies:

  • Developed and maintain a comprehensive list of leading health indicators pertinent to help understand the health of a rural community.  
  • Facilitated focus groups of community coalitions/workgroups to garner feedback on the value of a community health needs assessment and improvement planning process to understand and improve community health. Focus groups transcripts were analyzed for overall content and key themes using inductive coding and qualitative analysis.

Technical Writing & Communication

Dissemination of data findings is an important step to take you from data collection to actionable steps. SLM Consulting can translate findings through the lens of multiple priority populations into a range of user-friendly, written communication methods to inform and drive public health practice. SLM Consulting has experience developing white papers, Infographics focused on priority health issues, fact sheets, journal articles, and evidence-based resources to guide community health assessment and improvement.

case studies:

  • Co-authored  a white paper The Cost Savings of Investing in Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion in South Dakota in collaboration with public health professionals, targeted at community health advocates, business leaders, and key decision makers.
  • Co-authored journal article, “Evaluation of school tobacco-free policies in a rural Northern Plains state.” Journal of School Health. 2013; 83: 824-831.
  • Led the development of evidence-based educational resources, including fact sheets and an Infographic focused cancer awareness, including the known risk factors; prevention; and detection. The resources are targeted at educating and informing the public, as well as serve as tools to inform public health practice.
  • Co-authored an evidence-based toolkit, The South Dakota Good & Healthy Community Health Needs Assessment and Improvement Planning Toolkit, to support and guide communities through a multi-sector, community-driven process to understand their health status focused on comprehensive data collection, prioritizing of public health issues and determining population-based solutions to improve community health.

Literature Review

SLM Consulting can conduct a systematic review of research studies and evidenced-based resources, summarize findings, identify best practices and provide recommendations to guide program planning, development and evaluation. A comprehensive literature review can support your organization to develop evidence-based programs and initiatives that address priority health issues using population based solutions.

case study:

  • SLM Consulting regularly conducts literature reviews to guide program development and implementation, as well as strategic planning efforts.

Grant Writing & Coordination

With the ever changing landscape of funding needs and availability of funding, quality grantsmanship is integral to converting an idea into reality. SLM Consulting can work with your organization across the grant cycle to identify funding, develop and submit a competitive proposal, and management of post-award grant activities, including progress reporting. I have experience with private and public funding sources, including government platforms.

case study:

  • As a Grants and Project Coordinator for a University Department, I helped secure funding which included over $1,000,000 in Health Resources and Service Administration funds to support rural health practitioners and advanced health education.