Among many benefits, GCEval members have access to regular networking and professional development opportunities. To inquire about joining GCEval, please contact us via the home page form.
LOUISIANA PUBLIC HEALTH INSTITUTE
Deep South Center for Environmental Justice
Della is a public health practitioner focused on health equity and community-based research and evaluation. She received a Master of Public Health degree from Tulane University in Maternal and Child Health, and is currently working towards her Doctor of Public Health degree at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School for Public Health in the Health Equity and Social Justice concentration. She is a Bloomberg American Health Initiative Fellow, and would love to talk to any members of GCEval who are interested in pursuing fully-funded MPH or DrPH degrees through this fellowship.
Della currently works as an evaluator at the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DSCEJ), and also serves as the Assistant Director of Navigate NOLA, the organization’s childhood wellbeing division. DSCEJ is dedicated to improving the lives of children and families harmed by pollution and vulnerable to climate change in the Gulf Coast Region through research, education, community and student engagement for policy change, as well as health and safety training for environmental careers.
As part of her work, Della is the evaluator for the HBCU-CBO Gulf Equity Consortium, a project that engages five community-based organizations across the Gulf South who are rooted in communities experiencing environmental injustice. Those organizations are teamed with faculty mentors from HBCUs who work in partnership to lead participatory action research projects in Africatown (Mobile, AL); Houston, TX; Pensacola, FL; New Orleans, LA; and Gulfport, MS. Della works to evaluate the effects of these projects on each community and organization, the individuals who participate as citizen scientists, and the region at large.
As an evaluator focused on health equity and justice, Della feels strongly about using participatory approaches to evaluation that elevate communities’ goals as the primary standard for success. Her approach includes involving the people impacted by the project at every level of evaluation, from conceptualizing the framework to analyzing and sharing the results.
trepwise is a growth consulting firm that powers organizations to maximize their potential. We utilize our expertise in planning, meeting design and facilitation, and leadership coaching to tackle whatever challenges our clients may be facing. Our vision is thriving communities where good ideas spread.
Our services are grounded in Design Thinking, a user-centered approach, and we work to understand the many perspectives of organizational stakeholders. From the start, we guide our clients in pinpointing the root of the problem, not just the symptoms. We not only provide tools and plans for action but also coach our clients in the skills and confidence necessary to achieve meaningful goals and adapt to challenges.
Many of our engagements are focused on developing strategic plans for organizations or multi-organization collaboratives to guide their multi-year approaches. Our plans typically follow a “Theory of Change” planning approach, where long-term outcomes are traced back to interventions, and teams identify indicators of success across different time horizons.
We do not perform programmatic evaluations and are excited to partner with organizations that do. We could be brought in to provide high-level planning and agenda-setting for organizations to inform the development of an evaluation framework, or as partners to help organizations implement recommendations that emerge from an evaluation process.
LOUISIANA PUBLIC HEALTH INSTITUTE
The Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI), founded in 1997, is a statewide community focused 501(c)(3) nonprofit and public health institute committed to ensuring all Louisianans have just and fair opportunities to be healthy and well. Our work focuses on areas that touch public health, including tobacco prevention and control, building healthier communities, assessing needs of communities, supporting the whole health needs of individuals and families from early childhood to older adults, COVID-19 response, health services research, and program evaluation. We create authentic partnerships with community partners, state and local agencies, and healthcare delivery systems to align action for health.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have worked to identify and fill gaps in information, resources, and policy. One of those gaps was understanding the community’s knowledge about COVID-19, behaviors during the pandemic, and the impacts experienced by Louisianans. To capture this information, we created a brief survey and collected data from participants statewide through an online survey. We are in the process of analyzing the data, which will be made public in and effort to help inform statewide response and recovery efforts.
We also created a Health Table Talk video series to provide our communities with information and resources about COVID-19, as well as other public health issues. In the series, LPHI’s CEO Shelina Davis interviews partners and community representatives on a variety of topics, including the importance of mental and physical wellness amid the pandemic, health equity and how the Black community is being disproportionately affected by COVID-19, breaking down COVID-19 data trends, and more. Series episodes can be found on LPHI's YouTube channel.