Funding: PHSSR PHS4 Award
The University of Florida Center for Health Equity and Quality Research (CHEQR), in collaboration with the Florida Public Health Practice Based Research Network (FL PBRN), seeks to improve the cost effectiveness and efficiency of sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing, treatment and control services. Previous research on costs of STI services reveals opportunities for improvements which reduce expenses while maintaining value and quality of services. These opportunities stem from varying policy and administrative mechanisms, such as using the most cost-effective technologies, substituting trained technicians for licensed personnel, and charging service costs to the county of client residence. In this study, investigators from CHEQR and FL PBRN seek to refine and encourage implementation of the findings by 1) using practice-based participatory approaches in all Florida counties to clarify evidence-based interventions to increase STI service cost effectiveness; and 2) comparing effects of the resulting quality improvement-based cost interventions among participating and non-participating Florida County Health Departments.
- Using cost analysis to identify cost saving strategies in delivering STI services (PHSSR Keeneland Conference, April 2015)
- Using cost analysis to identify cost saving strategies in delivering STI services (Florida Department of Health Webinar for County Health Departments, June 2015)
- Using cost analysis to identify cost saving strategies in delivering STI services (AcademyHealth Public Health Systems Research Interest Group Meeting, June 2015)
- Cost saving strategies in delivering STI services (Florida Department of Health Webinar for County Health Departments, September 2015)
- Quality Improvement for Cost-Effective Sexually Transmitted Infection Prevention Services (PHSSR Research in Progress Webinar, March 2016 recording)
- Participatory Research Approaches to Identify Actionable Cost Saving Opportunities in Public Health (APHA Annual Meeting, October 2016)
- Study of public health agencies’ quality improvement interventions to deliver cost effective services to prevent and control sexually transmitted infections (Research Brief, May 2017)
William Livingood, Jr., Ph.D. and Lori Bilello, Ph.D., M.B.A., M.H.S.
University of Florida