Our Strategy for Impact:
COPE is a small team aiming for disproportionate impact. Our mission statement anchors us in three notions:
"Our vision is to eliminate health disparities and improve the
well-being of American Indians and Alaska Natives"
We define impact as measurable improvements in health and
"The power to overturn long-standing, historical health inequalities lies inherently in Native communities themselves"
Community members are our strategic planning, implementation, and evaluation partners"
"We seek to catalyze this transformation within our lifetime"
We are not satisfied with small, incremental change. Unlike other CBOs, we focus less on direct service and more on catalyzing innovation and collaboration among local experts. We support the design and implementation o f these models, and leverage academic and global partnerships to generate evidence and scale proven models for maximum impact.
Core outcomes. Across all of our programs, we strive to measure outcomes that are meaningful to at least one of the following areas: health, wellbeing, and self-reliance.
Community involvement in impact evaluation: Community members are advisors, co-investigators, data collectors, and co-authors / co-presenters to:
Choose outcomes that are meaningful to our partners
Give feedback on surveys and interview guides
Interpret data from a community / patient perspective
Take part in data collection, analysis and dissemination
Ensure we share back results in a meaningful way
Rigorous methods: We apply rigorous methods while protecting the programmatic nature of our work. Our evaluation and research team has an established track-record of competitive research funding and draws from both indigenous and Western methodologies.
Track-record: It is important to mention that not all innovations will not demonstrate impact; selecting impactful programs and iteratively addressing remaining gaps will ultimately create a holistic approach of inter-related program with the greatest long-term impact. Here is the highlight of finding / publications to date.
Significant improvements in blood sugar and cholesterol levels
Greater utilization of primary care, behavioral health, and pharmacy services
Stronger patient self-reliance
Deeper collaboration and work satisfaction among clinic providers and CHRs
Integrate CHRs with provider team and deliver structured health promotion to individuals living with diabetes
Fruit and Vegetable Prescription (FVRx) Program
Significant decreases in body mass index among children initially enrolled as overweight or obese;
Significant increases in fruit and vegetable consumption among women with diabetes in pregnancy and preschool children
Healthy Navajo Stores Initiative (HNSI):
COPE's HNSI team provides structural TA to store on Navajo Nation to increase their supply and promotion of fruits, vegetables and traditional foods
A significant increase in fruit and vegetable promotion;
A significant increase in purchasing of fruits and vegetables by local shoppers
Scaling for Impact:
Strategy for scale includes:
Integrating Community Health Representatives with Health Care Systems; Clinical Outcomes Among Individuals with Diabetes in Navajo Nation
Healthy Stores Initiative Associated with Produce Purchasing on Navajo Nation
Cultural Elements Underlying the Community Health Representative - Client Relationship on Navajo Nation
Strengthening the Role of Community Health Representatives in the Navajo Nation
Glycemic Control and Healthcare Utilization following Pregnancy among Women with Pre-existing Diabetes in Navajo Nation
Community Outreach and Patient Empowerment: A Collaborative Initiative for Chronic Disease Management in Navajo Nation
Primary Care and Survival among American Indian Patients with Diabetes in the Southwest United States: Evaluation of a Cohort Study at Gallup Indian Medical Center, 2009-2016
The efforts described on this page are supported by grants to COPE 501(c)3 and grants to our partner organizations, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Partners In Health.