Modelo Escalonado de Cuidado para Trauma

Puerto Rico Department of Justice VOCA program


The project will provide evidence based mental health services to children and youth attending 5 public schools in the municipalities of Cayey and Coamo. We hope to scree 90% (n=1975) of the school population while servicing those in greater need with a trauma informed intervention (psych educational session, group sessions and individual therapy).

Services: DSC-CIES will serve as the scientific partner in charge of the design, implementation and evaluation of the project.

Puerto Rico Asthma Project: Surveillance System

PR Department of Health (PRDOH)


The Puerto Rico Asthma Project (PRAP) in the Puerto Rico Health Department goal is to reduce asthma morbidity and mortality in Puerto Rico. The PRAP have three main components which area the following: surveillance, partnerships, and interventions. The surveillance system collect, analyzes, and reports the asthma health indicators. The partnership component identifies and recruits new asthma partners. The intervention component implement interventions about the NAEP guidelines; self-management, and to increase knowledge in indoor air quality.

Services: The DSC-CIES served as external evaluator of the Puerto Rico Asthma Project. The overall goal of this proposal was to conduct a process evaluation of the Puerto Rico Asthma Surveillance System. This evaluation focused on engaging the stakeholders to determine the evaluation questions and develop an evaluation plan for the PRAP surveillance component.

Carlos Albizu University: Mental Health Community Clinics


The Carlos Albizu University runs two community mental health clinics in the San Juan and Miami Campus. These 2 clinics serve as laboratories to the students completing graduate studies in mental health. They also provide valuable services to community residents that are served in these training centers. The CAU contracted the CIES to conduct an evaluation of the mental health clinics.

Services: The DSC-CIES served as external evaluator of the mental health clinics and assessed: client profile, client satisfaction, partners/collaborators satisfaction, evaluation of service & training model and compliance with guideline and regulation of sponsoring and licensing bodies.

Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW)

PR Department of Health (PRDOH)


The CPPW program (Comunidades Activas por la Prevención y Salud, in Spanish), considered a step to address the burden of chronic diseases related to obesity and lack of physical activity, was implemented from 2008 to 2012.  It had state level initiatives and 5 municipalities actively implementing the CPPW at the local government level. 

Services: The DSC-CIES served as external evaluator (retrospective evaluation) of the CPPW program, assessed the readiness for sustainability of the participating municipalities and is currently implementing a capacity building program with the 2 highest ranking municipalities (Aibonito & Coamo). The end result of the capacity building program will be the completion of sustainability plans for the 2 selected municipalities.