Documenting a program’s impact on healthcare costs can be an important part of evaluating and demonstrating its effectiveness. However, it can be extremely complex for community-based programs with limited resources to conduct such analyses, even though they can be key to achieving long-term sustainability. The Health Fund hosted a webinar to help our grantee organizations understand the program evaluation tools that can help demonstrate cost effectiveness.

The webinar covered:

  • Evidence of cost effectiveness and savings in the literature for a specific intervention;
  • Evaluation of process and short-term outcomes anticipated to lead to longer-term outcomes such as cost savings;
  • Cost effectiveness analysis (cost per unit to achieve desired outcome); and
  • Cost benefit analysis (cost savings).

About the Speakers
Our moderator is Marianne Udow-Phillips, MHSA, executive director of the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation (CHRT) at the University of Michigan. Ms. Udow-Phillips, who has a long-standing commitment to improving the quality and affordability of health care, leads CHRT’s mission to advance evidence-based care delivery, improve population health, and expand access to care.

Presenters include:
Paula Lantz, Ph.D. is the associate dean for academic affairs and professor at the University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy. Dr. Lantz studies the role of public health in health care reform, clinical preventive services, and social inequalities in health. Dr. Lantz, a social demographer, studies the role of public health in health care reform, clinical preventive services (such as cancer screening and prenatal care), and social inequalities in health.

Melissa Riba, MS, is the research and evaluation director of the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation (CHRT). Ms. Riba, who manages CHRT’s program evaluation portfolio, has designed and conducted research evaluating federal and state funded programs that expanded access to care for the uninsured, children’s mental health, special education, and the use of substance abuse services among Michigan’s Medicaid population.

Resources:
For additional resources and information about the material presented during the webinar, click here.