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Public Health

The Cloudburst Group’s Public Health practice area translates public health policy and theory into public health practice. This business unit specializes in health assessment and policy analysis, systems planning, program design, internal and external communications, marketing, and research.

Our Public Health experts provide a diverse range of training and technical assistance, analyses on health care reform issues, and assistance in the scaling-up of electronic health record technology across federal systems. Our organizational change methodologies help to expand patient-centered medical homes, supporting the integration of behavioral health and primary care services. We perform comprehensive literature and policy reviews, conduct rigorous data collection and analyses, and produce actionable recommendations and training that promote effective implementation practices and help determine policy direction.

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Addressing the Challenge of Unsheltered Homelessness

Unsheltered homelessness has been on the rise in the U.S. for the past few decades with recent dramatic increases in several large metropolitan areas. There are many causes that have sparked the growth of street dwelling, encampments, and people living in places not meant for human habitation. We have been at the forefront of identifying the crisis of unsheltered homelessness as well as helping to identify solutions.

The Importance of Stakeholder Engagement Between the Public and Private Sectors

Engaging and collaborating with public and private sector stakeholders is a cornerstone of public health. Current public health and prevention topics and issues are complex and multi-faceted, and one agency, industry, or sector cannot solve these problems alone. Public health collaborations and partnerships leverage combined resources, expertise, and experience to achieve mutually desired goals that reach beyond the public sector.

How do Continuums of Care (CoC) know if they are systemically ending homelessness?

To know if shifting processes for system wide uniform assessment of client need is appropriately resulting in sustainable housing placements, it is essential for communities to evaluate their coordinated entry systems. Understanding effectiveness of practices will help refine the response to homelessness, provide opportunities to continuously enhance access to housing, and plan for future housing needs.

Getting Data Back to Communities

International development evaluations, especially rigorous impact evaluations, rely on local communities and thousands of respondents to generously contribute time and knowledge for the collection of several rounds of survey data. Each survey also involves significant support from community members who assist in bringing the research team into the community and facilitating connections with respondents.

Addressing Homelessness through Shared Housing Strategies

Jamie Taylor, Cloudburst Subject Matter Expert in Public Policy, moderated a panel on Shared Housing at the National Alliance to End Homelessness Conference last month. Shared housing is a critical housing strategy for all communities to explore in the effort to secure permanent housing for people experiencing homelessness.