Arkansas Tobacco Settlement Commission Program Evaluation

The LEAD program has partnered with the Arkansas Tobacco Settlement Commission to assist with collecting and reporting on data that evaluates current ATSC programs that support the health of Arkansans. Along with LEAD faculty and students, other project personnel have been pooled from across UCA’s campus from the College of Liberal Arts, College of Education, College of Health and Behavioral Sciences and the College of Applied Math and Natural Sciences. The first report produced by this partnership was complete in Spring of 2015.

LEAD students are also tasked with conducting qualitative research to complement the quantitative evaluation component, and each biennial report will have a complementary qualitative component.

The first round of qualitative study is focused on health and well-being in the Delta region of Arkansas, and students have worked to identify various players, projects, and programs that are working towards positive change in the Delta.  The summer and fall of 2015 involved qualitative data collection via semi-structured interviews. In the Spring of 2016, we wrapped up the qualitative component. Students and faculty involved in the qualitative component have presented findings at Georgetown University at the Human Development and Capabilities Association Annual Conference as well as the International Leadership Association Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.  Findings were also presented at a conference on health disparities in Jonesboro and at the Arkansas Public Health Association Annual Meeting.

Students and faculty involved in the first round of qualitative research are in the process of submitting for publication. The second round of research will focus on youth and tobacco use.

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