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An evaluation plan for the Prince George's County rabies surveillance program: a utilization-based program evaluation design

Ogbumbadiugha, Onyinyechi N (2016) An evaluation plan for the Prince George's County rabies surveillance program: a utilization-based program evaluation design. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Within the Prince George’s County Health Department (PGHD) located in the state of Maryland is the Department of Communicable and Vector-Borne Disease Control (CVDC), which handles the County’s rabies surveillance activities. In Prince George’s County, all animal bites are required to be reported due to the risk of exposure to rabies, a viral disease that has a mortality rate of almost 100% once victims become symptomatic. According to CVDC records, in 2015 alone, there were a total of 1242 animal exposures. Not only is there a high volume of cases handled by the CVDC annually, but within the CVDC, only one staff member investigates potential rabies exposures full time. The proposed program evaluation utilizes a mixed methods approach. The quantitative method utilized will be a statistical analysis and the qualitative method will include interviews with the CVDC staff formally working with the rabies program, as well as members of the Prince George’s Police Department, Animal Management and a selected health care facility. The goal is that the implementation of this evaluation will allow the CVDC to gather information in order to evaluate the efficiency of its rabies surveillance program. Ultimately, the desired conclusion from this analysis is to be able to better understand how the program is operating and whether changes could be implemented to improve program function. Public Health Relevance: Due to the necessity and thus permanence of programs such as the Prince George’s County’s rabies surveillance program, as long as these programs are resulting in their desired end goal, how well these programs are being implemented is never evaluated. There is no evaluation of how the resources are being allocated, whether the program is well staffed or how well the program is able to work with it collaborators-essentially the efficiency of the program. Even though a program is achieving its designated goals, the implementation of the program is also important. A program that is functioning inefficiently can lead to a drain on already scarce monetary resources, burning out of program staff, and the unintended negative effects of policies put in place (or not put into place) without any concept of how they will affect the program on the ground. These are problems that can affect any type of program and eventually lead to problems in the long term-problems that can be avoidable through the use of program evaluation.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Ogbumbadiugha, Onyinyechi Nono5@pitt.eduONO5
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairMartinson, Jeremyjmartins@pitt.edujmartinsUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberTerry, Marthamaterry@pitt.edumaterryUNSPECIFIED
Date: 2016
Date Type: Submission
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Infectious Diseases and Microbiology
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 23 May 2017 14:55
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2024 10:55


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