Sheridan Green, PhD, MS

Associate Investigator, PiER Center Director

Sheridan Green, PhD, MS, is an Associate Investigator at the Institute for Health Research and the Director of the Partners in Evaluation & Research Center (PiER Center) leading a portfolio of community-focused evaluation research projects. The PiER Center team specializes in collaborative evaluation and research to improve the health of communities, supporting Kaiser Permanente Colorado’s social mission.

Dr. Green’s interests focus on studies centering equity, community voices, and the social strengths and needs of diverse, vulnerable populations; maternal and child health/wellbeing, including birth equity; and workforce mental wellness. She strives for work with a strong translational emphasis, supporting learning agendas for program, policy, and systems improvement.

Dr. Green earned her Master of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a specialization in individual and family programming from Colorado State University and her Ph.D. in Applied Statistics and Research Methods from the University of Northern Colorado. She is an applied, community-based researcher and methodologist experienced working in non-profit, university, and government settings. She has designed and led small to large scale intervention research projects within the fields of health and human services, TANF and child welfare, mental health, maternal and child wellbeing, and education.

She serves as the Colorado principal investigator and support for ongoing PiER Center projects including Project HOME, Medical Legal Partnerships, Thrive Local, and other Community Health evaluations. She is also a co-investigator on the Health Disparities Community Grant Program cross-site and cluster evaluation of SB181-funded programs through the Office of Health Equity at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Dr. Green recently completed a multi-site, stepped wedge cluster randomized controlled trial evaluating the impact of a mindfulness and resilience-building workforce intervention for early childhood professionals working with diverse, vulnerable children and families in four states. In partnership with National Jewish Health researchers, she was also the PI of a recent descriptive study of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on early childhood providers, children, and their families in the Denver area.

Selected Research:

  • Evaluation of Project HOME: Impact of Rapid Re-Housing Intervention on Housing Status
  • Project HOME is an initiative out of Kaiser Permanente National Community Health. The goal is to rapidly house a targeted segment of Kaiser Permanente’s unhoused member population through an innovative housing model. HOME will be implemented in northern and southern California and the Portland, Oregon area. Dr. Green and team are leading the evaluation of the initiative. The aims of this project include a process evaluation to understand the operational viability of the Project HOME initiative (e.g., appropriate and effective workflows established in each region) as well as an outcome (e.g., members housed, members satisfied, appropriate utilization of health system) and impact evaluation (e.g., members improve social, mental, physical health and improvements in cost outcomes).

    • Funder: Kaiser Permanente National Community Health
    • Award End Date: 12/31/2024

  • Medical-Legal Partnerships (MLP) Evaluation 
  • The MLP Evaluation is a cross-site evaluation intended to test a model within Kaiser Permanente’s clinical care and health plan to understand the initiative’s operational viability, shared value, and health care utilization outcomes. The study examines the reach of the MLP initiative in terms of the characteristics of those receiving legal services and resolution of needs, and the impact on those specifically receiving legal services related to housing in terms of their health, social needs, and use of healthcare services.

    • Funder: Kaiser Permanente National Community Health
    • Award End Date: 12/31/2024

  • Cross-site Evaluation of Communities’ Efforts to Address Upstream Factors and Reduce Health Disparities
  • The Office of Health Equity’s (OHE) Health Disparities Community Grant Program (HDCGP) is providing support to organizations across Colorado to address upstream determinants of health (e.g., housing, education) with the goal of improving downstream health outcomes (e.g., access to care, decreased chronic disease rates). The goal of this project is to conduct a comprehensive cross-site evaluation of these funded organizations implementing system or policy changes that reduce health disparities (e.g., housing insecurity, food insecurity, unemployment). The evaluation is assessing the role of community engagement, community capacity building, and multisectoral partnerships in advancing the community’s collective action to solve problems and how that informed policy, environmental, and system changes designed to improve access to social and economic resources. Innovative methods have been developed to measure authentic community engagement and the role of partners and community members in making decisions. Additionally, an in-depth evaluation is being conducted to assess how the partnership network and community engagement helped drive the prioritization and adoption of PSE changes.

    • Funder: Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, Office of Health Equity
    • Award End Date: 06/30/2024

  • Thrive Local Evaluation
  • This national project is assessing the implementation and effectiveness of the Thrive Local initiative (across 8 Kaiser Permanente regions). Thrive Local consists of three key functions: a resource directory that provides up-to-date and searchable information on community resources; geographically based networks of social service organizations; and a technology platform that engages clinicians and staff, members, and employees of community organizations to make rapid, secure referrals between health care providers and social care providers and track the outcomes of those referrals. The evaluation is using a mixed methods approach, combining qualitative data on implementation and user experience with quantitative data on reach of the initiative and individual patient outcomes. The implementation evaluation is assessing the extent to which the social needs system elements are in place and functioning. The outcome evaluation is assessing the overall reach of the Thrive Local, including the characteristics of patients who consent to participate and receive services from CBOs and the overall effectiveness of Thrive Local on reducing patients’ social need burden over time and improved health outcomes.

    • Funder: Kaiser Permanente National Community Health
    • Award End Date: 12/31/2022