Our Services

The Schroeder Center for Health Policy offers a variety of professional research and evaluation services for organizations devoted to providing healthcare resources and promoting health. Schroeder Center staff and faculty affiliates are actively involved in research and evaluation and can provide clients with superior program evaluation, survey design and response analysis, and in-depth health policy analysis. Read about each of our service areas below or contact Schroeder Center staff at [[schroeder]] see if we can be of service to your organization.

Program Evaluation

The Schroeder Center for Health Policy is dedicated to providing comprehensive program evaluation for clients who need to measure the effectiveness of their health-related programs or projects. Empirically-based and methodologically sound evaluation is necessary for developing sustainable and successful programs. Findings from a comprehensive program evaluation can inform evidence-based program reports, improve program planning and performance, or simply provide organizations with information on measurable outcomes, program objectives, or program characteristics. The Schroeder Center research team will develop a comprehensive evaluation strategy that is unique to your program and that can be used to report to community stakeholders, fulfill grant requirements, or improve service delivery.

The Schroeder Center currently conducts evaluation services for the Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools' (WJCCPS) School Health Initiative Program (SHIP). SHIP is a comprehensive multi-year program designed to encourage healthy behaviors among WJCCPS students, staff, and their families. Schroeder Center evaluation activities include student, parent, and teacher survey design, fielding, and analysis as well as a BMI analysis of WJCCPS students. Schroeder Center evaluation services have helped to measure health outcomes and health behaviors among WJCCPS students and identify areas where SHIP can target their resources more effectively. Results from the Center’s program evaluation have also been featured at Virginia’s annual Weight of the State Conference.   

Survey Design and Response Analysis

Surveys are an effective tool for gathering quantitative information from a targeted population. Organizations that deliver health-related resources or programs may conduct surveys to gather information from their constituents, clients, or any number of population subgroups in order to improve organization decision making or increase operational knowledge. Survey design and response analysis requires the expertise of knowledgeable and experienced researchers. The Schroeder Center research team will provide health-related organizations with informed survey design and comprehensive response analysis so that organizations can get the information they need to better serve their community.

The Schroeder Center designed and implemented a survey for the Williamsburg Health Foundation in order to gather information about the data use, needs, and collection practices of local health and human service providers and to explore the potential for data sharing among service providers. Survey responses were analyzed in a report to the Williamsburg Health Foundation and presented at a Community Health Data Workshop, convened by the Schroeder Center. 

Research and Health Policy Analysis

The Schroeder Center for Health Policy provides thorough and up-to-date research on a variety of health-related topics and policies. Health policy research and analysis is the study of national, state, and/or local government policies or programs that aim to promote the health of people, improve access to healthcare, and increase the quality, equity, and efficiency of care delivery. The Schroeder Center research team will decipher and report on complex health policy-related issues, assemble best practices, or interpret health data for clients who need expert analysis of health-related topics.

Schroeder Center faculty affiliates, Daifeng He and Jennifer M. Mellor, completed a study on the effect of Medicare’s Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) on hospital outpatient volume. Effective August 1, 2000, the Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) greatly changed the way hospitals were reimbursed for outpatient services provided to Medicare beneficiaries. This research makes an important contribution to the literature on prospective payment systems by examining both Medicare hospital volume and private-payer volume resulting from OPPS-induced rate cuts. Policies and programmatic changes that affect outpatient utilization among Medicare and private payers are of significant interest to policy makers, particularly since outpatient spending continues to grow.  Their paper, entitled, “Hospital Responses to Medicare’s Outpatient Prospective Payment System: Evidence from Florida,” is published in the Journal of Health Economics, vol. 31, issue 4 (September 2012).  

The Schroeder Center shares its research and policy analysis through academic journal articles, technical reports, research and policy briefs, and fact sheets.   

Community Health Assessment

Community health assessment can provide policymakers and community members with timely health information regarding their community’s health so that health problems can be identified, prioritized, addressed, and monitored. The Schroeder Center research team will create a health assessment for your community that is tailored to the local priorities and health concerns of your community’s residents.

The Schroeder Center is currently working on a community health profile for the Greater Williamsburg Area, funded by the Williamsburg Health Foundation, and recently developed a data brief that succinctly describes what available health data can tell us about the health of localities in the Historic Triangle of Virginia. 

Research Areas

► Public Health

► Community Health

► Determinants of Health

► Health Economics

► Childhood Obesity

► Health Disparities

► Health Policy Evaluation

► Elder Care

► Medicare

► Financing and Delivery of Health Care

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