The Status of Evaluation and Research on Effective Interventions Serving Boys and Men of Color

by Ninez A. Ponce

Aug 1, 2017

The authors draw upon Chandler's Life Course Framework for Improving the Lives of Boys and Men of Color to focus on health outcomes. They argue that investing in health and educational outcomes could yield improved health behaviors and access to healthcare, and post positive returns in cognitive and socioemotional skills for boys of color. The authors aim to identify opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration between educators and health care providers that can improve the overall life course for boys and men of color.

  • Programs and investigators should target schools serving communities of color—black/African American, American Indian and Alaska Native, Asian, Pacific Islander, Native Hawaiian, and Latino communities.
  • Funding organizations should require studies to include disaggregated data on racial and ethnic subgroups and gender, and when possible, include subgroup analysis of effects on special populations.
  • Funding organizations should support investment in data collection and infrastructure.
  • Funding organizations should require collaboration between health programs and school administration before, during, and after implementation.
  • Investigators and funding organizations should encourage inclusion of education outcomes in evaluations of school-based health interventions.
  • Investigators should leverage funding from federally supported health research to support broader evaluation.
  • Investigators should promote their work to journals and conferences that speak to education policy/administrative decision makers, whose focus is on student performance, rather than restricting their work to the health disciplines.