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IMPAQ Your Week - October 3, 2016

Monday, October 3, 2016

Project Updates

Today and tomorrow Karen Armstrong and Adriane Thomas are attending the National Retail Summit in Dallas, TX. The summit is the culminating activity in our evaluation of ACT Foundation’s National Retail Services Initiative project, an evaluation of the capacity building initiative to develop and implement strategies related to competency-based hiring practices in retail and related industries. At the Summit, IMPAQ will engage participants and collect data on their experiences with the initiative by administering surveys, conducting interviews, and creating a discussion platform on Twitter.

Our Labor and Human Services Division recently released the issue brief “Addressing Food Insecurity in Primary Care.” The brief describes ways in which health systems have implemented food security screening and referral processes, including partnering with community organizations for referrals, and key factors in their success. The issue brief is a collaboration between IMPAQ and the AARP Foundation and IMPAQ’s authors include Jennifer Pooler, Vanessa Hoffman, Fata Karva, and Madeleine Levin. 

Publications & Presentations

Dan Andersen recently presented “Test Beds for Quality Measures: Challenges and Import” at the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) MIDS Communication, Coordination, and Collaboration (C3) Forum. The meeting included all the contract officer representatives (CORs), contractors, and measure developers who are working on the Measurement and Instrumentation Development and Support (MIDS) contract vehicle with CMS.

Good News @ IMPAQ

IMPAQ is committed to our employees’ health and well-being. We recently hosted our annual Wellness Fair to give employees the opportunity to learn more about wellness and healthy lifestyle choices. During the event, IMPAQ provided chair massages, flu shots, chair yoga lessons, acupuncture, prizes, and a healthy lunch. There was also a vendor fair where employees could learn more about different health-related organization. View pictures from the event on our Facebook page

Upcoming Conferences 

IMPAQ to sponsor and exhibit at the American Association of SNAP Directors and National Association of State TANF Directors Conference, October 23-26, Orlando, FL.

IMPAQ to present and exhibit at the American Evaluation Association (AEA) Annual Conference, October 24-29, Atlanta, GA.

Human Services and Health Division staff members to present at the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting & Exposition, October 29-November 2, Denver, CO.

IMPAQ to present, sponsor, and exhibit at the APPAM Fall Research Conference, November 3-5, Washington, DC.

Mousumi Sarkar to present at the International Conference on Questionnaire Design, Development, Evaluation, and Testing (QDET2), November 9-13, Miami, FL.

IMPAQ to sponsor the Gerontologists Giving Back Service Event at the Gerontological Society of America’s (GSA) Annual Scientific Meeting, November 16-20, New Orleans, LA.