I have been a member of the PNLV Measurement and Evaluation Committee for almost two years. I was asked to join when I began at LVHN. My professional interests are around data and program evaluation and how we use data to inform our work in the health and social sectors. The goals of the committee were very aligned with my own personal interests and I felt I could help the group as we thought about metrics, data sources, needs and impact, and data analysis.
2. What about the Promise Neighborhoods mission and the work that the organization does in the Lehigh Valley community is most important to you?
PNLV is truly a connector to the community. The Department of Community Health at LVHN aims to serve as a bridge between the community and the clinical world and it is through our work with partners like the Promise Neighborhoods that we are able to do that. They value healthy child development, community development, and cross-sector collaboration. They recognize that the issues in the neighborhood cannot be solved by one agency or one sector, but they also believe that all community members deserve to live in a supportive, nurturing, and vibrant environment. They truly understand the needs of the community and therefore are a great partner in the work of the Department of Community Health at LVHN.
3. How do you think the work that the committee does can best assist families in the PNLV neighborhoods?
The committee uses data from multiple sources that align with the 9 promises that guide all of the work in which the Promise Neighborhood engages. Our goal is to be innovative and holistic in collecting and understanding data that informs us about the needs and characteristics of the community. Then we are able to help inform the PNVL staff as they sent priorities and create agendas for their work.