AI is currently engaged as an external evaluator to the California LGBT Tobacco Education Partnership for the 5-year grant with California’s Tobacco Control Program. The mission of the California LGBT Tobacco Education Partnership is “to counteract, through education and advocacy efforts, the negative impact tobacco use has had on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community.”

AI currently works on the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) study as a subcontractor to Westat. We provide focus group moderation and qualitative data coding in support of questionnaire development. The PATH study is the country’s largest study of tobacco use, funded by funded by the National Institutes for Health (NIH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

AI investigated underage access to tobacco and electronic smoking devices for the State of Maryland’s Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control. For this project, AI conducted eight focus groups across the state of Maryland of young adults aged 18 to 21 who had smoked tobacco or used electronic smoking devices while underage and in high school. AI successfully used social media advertising to fully recruit these groups with an average of 12 participants per group.

AI worked with the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention on the identification of risk and protective factors for at-risk Maine youth. For this project, AI conducted a secondary analysis of Maine’s Youth Tobacco Survey (YTS) data. AI used a quantitative methodology to identify youth at-risk for tobacco use in the state’s efforts to target intervention where it is most needed and most effective. This analysis used factor analysis and logistic regression to examine the relative strengths and weaknesses of risk and protective factors among the state’s youth.

AI evaluated a healthy corner stores initiative in Kansas City, Missouri for a Community Transformation Grant awarded to the Mid-America Regional Coalition. This evaluation included collecting inventory data and intercept interviews of store customers with an assessment of their purchased items. Additionally, AI evaluated smoke-free multi-unit housing efforts, surveying owners or managers of complexes before and after going smoke-free, as well as surveys of residents.

AI was honored to provide qualitative interviewing and evaluation services for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Cooperative Agreement to Benefit Homeless Individuals (CABHI) program evaluation, under a subcontract with RTI.

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