Joint Center Place Matters

Webinar #2

Benchmarking 101: Measuring Your Progress
Wednesday, July 22, 2009, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm EDT

Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies/Joint Center Place Matters

Benchmarking 101 is intended to help PLACE MATTERS teams understand and monitor their progress toward addressing social determinants of health. While all teams have established goals and objectives for their work, benchmarking can help teams assess their capacity to achieve objectives and highlight areas of strengths and/or deficiency. In this webinar, we will define and provide examples of benchmarks, review the Joint Center’s four-phase benchmarks for PLACE MATTERS team progress, and discuss examples of how teams can meet these benchmarks. We will also discuss how these benchmarks will be measured in CARTA’s evaluation of the PLACE MATTERS initiative

At the end of this seminar, attendees will be able to:


Nehanda Lindsey, MS, MIB
Senior Program Manager, CommonHealth ACTION


    Brian Smedley, PhD
    Vice President and Director, Health Policy Institute
    Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

    Brian Smedley, PhDAs Vice President and Director of the Health Policy Institute at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Dr. Brian Smedley oversees all of the operations of the Institute, which was started in 2002 with funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The Institute has a dual focus:  to explore disparities in health and to generate policy recommendations on longstanding health equity concerns. Dr. Smedley was formerly the Research Director and co-founder of a communications, research, and policy organization, The Opportunity Agenda (, where he led the organization’s effort to center equity in state and national health reform discussions and to build the national will to expand opportunity for all.  To that end, Dr. Smedley is a co-editor, along with Alan Jenkins, of a book, All Things Being Equal:  Instigating Opportunity in an Inequitable Time.  Prior to helping launch The Opportunity Agenda, Smedley was a Senior Program Officer in the Division of Health Sciences Policy of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), where he served as Study Director for the IOM reports, In the Nation’s Compelling Interest: Ensuring Diversity in the Health Care Workforce and Unequal Treatment:  Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care, among other reports on diversity in the health professions and minority health research policy. Among his awards and distinctions, in 2004 Smedley was honored by the Rainbow/PUSH coalition as a “Health Trailblazer” award winner; in 2002 he was awarded the Congressional Black Caucus “Healthcare Hero” award; and in August, 2002, was awarded the Early Career Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest by the APA. Dr. Smedley holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in psychology from UCLA.

    Barbara Sugland, MPH, ScD
    Executive Director and Co-founder
    The Center for Applied Research and Technical Assistance, Inc. (CARTA)

    Barbara Sugland, MPH, ScDDr. Barbara Sugland is the Executive Director of the Center for Applied Research and Technical Assistance, Inc. (CARTA). She has been actively involved in work that supports the transition to adulthood for youth of color and ensures quality programs and services for diverse populations of young people for nearly two decades. As co-founder of CARTA, she leads the organization with expertise in basic and applied social science research, project and organizational management, and first-hand knowledge of youth-service delivery. Barbara is a gifted and engaging speaker and has provided numerous keynotes and workshops at professional meetings and served on professional advisory committees that address the needs of vulnerable youth and youth of color. Prior to co-founding CARTA, Barbara served as a senior research associate and area director at Child Trends, a social policy organization in Washington, D.C. She holds a Doctor of Science Degree in social demography from the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Public Health; a Masters of Public Health Degree in behavioral science and health education from the University of California, Los Angeles; and a Bachelor of Arts degree is in social psychology from the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Arts and Sciences.


Benchmarking 101:
Measuring Your Progress

Benchmarking Phases
Dr. Brian Smedley

Measuring Your Progress
Dr. Barbara Sugland


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