Staff

Kristen D. Holtz

Kristen D. HoltzExpertise

  • Social marketing and health communication for youth audiences
  • Substance abuse prevention and science education, particularly curriculum development and evaluation
  • Child mental health, particularly methods to increase social acceptance of children with differences
  • Health promotion and disease prevention, particularly for low-literacy audiences

Biography

Kristen D. Holtz is the founder and president of KDH Research & Communication, a woman-owned small business that constructs and evaluates public health and social service programs and disseminates objective and timely scientific information to these fields. Her work explores optimal methods to present health information in ways that the target audiences can learn and benefit from it. Dr. Holtz has published her research in top academic journals, presented at professional meetings across the U.S., and developed and disseminated many evidence-based products for lay audiences, including parents, children, and teachers. Dr. Holtz has won multiple federal grants and contracts in the field of health communication, including work with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Prior to starting KDHRC, Dr. Holtz served as Vice President of Child and Family Health at Danya International.

Education

Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, George Washington University
M.Phil., Developmental Psychology, George Washington University
B.A., International Affairs, George Washington University

Recent Select Publications

Scheier, L.M., Grenard, J.L, & Holtz, K. D. (In press). An Empirical Assessment of the Above the Influence Advertising Campaign. Journal of Drug Education.

Twombly, E. C., Stringer, K. S., & Holtz, K. D. (2011). Using promotores programs to improve Latino health outcomes: implementation challenges for community-based nonprofit organizations. Journal of Social Service Research. DOI: 10.1080/01488376.2011.63380

Palmer, L. C., Eisenstein, J., Twombly, E. C., & Holtz, K. D., & Stringer, K. (2011). The evaluation results of a public health tool to help teachers effectively accommodate and teach children with cochlear implants in mainstream classrooms. Brief Number 9: November. Informing Public Health. Atlanta, GA: KDHRC.

Palmer, L. C., Twombly, E. C., Holtz, K. D., & Stringer, K. (2011). An intergenerational approach to improve the health literacy skills of Latino families. Brief Number 8: October. Informing Public Health. Atlanta, GA: KDHRC.

Twombly, E. C., Holtz, K. D., Stringer, K., & Palmer, L. C. (2011). Identifying and overcoming challenges to the effective implementation of promotores programs by community-based nonprofit organizations. Brief Number 7: September. Informing Public Health. Atlanta, GA: KDHRC.

Twombly,E. C., Holtz, K. D., & Daub-Sychra, A. (2011). Exploring the use of the Internet by caregivers of people with Autism Spectrum Disorders to obtain caregiving information. Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet, 15:1–11.

Twombly, E. C., Agnew, C. A., & Holtz, K. D. (2011). Resonant messages to prevent prescription drug misuse by teens. Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education, 55(1).

Agnew, C. A., Twombly, E. C., & Holtz, K. D. (2009). Resonant prescription drug abuse prevention messages for teens. Brief Number 6: August. Informing Public Health. Atlanta, GA: KDHRC.

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Eric C. Twombly

Eric C. TwomblyExpertise

  • Community-based health and human service organizations
  • Health and social service delivery systems
  • Science education and health literacy

Biography

Eric C. Twombly is a principal research associate and the Director of Organizational Studies at KDHRC, where he studies health and social service delivery mechanisms and health literacy programs. Dr. Twombly is a leading expert on the organizational behavior of community-based nonprofit providers and has been the chief evaluator on several public health projects funded by the National Institutes of Health. Before joining KDHRC, Dr. Twombly was a senior research associate at the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute, and an assistant professor in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University, where he continues to lecture on public policy and social policy issues.

Education

Ph.D., Public Policy, George Washington University
M.Phil., Public Policy, George Washington University
B.S., Psychology and Criminal Justice, University of Massachusetts

Recent Select Publications

Twombly, E. C., Stringer, K. S., & Holtz, K. D. (2011). Using promotores programs to improve Latino health outcomes: implementation challenges for community-based nonprofit organizations. Journal of Social Service Research. DOI: 10.1080/01488376.2011.63380

Palmer, L. C., Eisenstein, J., Twombly, E. C., & Holtz, K. D., & Stringer, K. (2011). The evaluation results of a public health tool to help teachers effectively accommodate and teach children with cochlear implants in mainstream classrooms. Brief Number 9: November. Informing Public Health. Atlanta, GA: KDHRC.

Palmer, L. C., Twombly, E. C., Holtz, K. D., & Stringer, K. (2011). An intergenerational approach to improve the health literacy skills of Latino families. Brief Number 8: October. Informing Public Health. Atlanta, GA: KDHRC.

Twombly, E. C., Holtz, K. D., Stringer, K., & Palmer, L. C. (2011). Identifying and overcoming challenges to the effective implementation of promotores programs by community-based nonprofit organizations. Brief Number 7: September. Informing Public Health. Atlanta, GA: KDHRC.

Auer, J. C., Twombly, E. C., & De Vita, C. J. (2011). Social service agencies and program change: implications for theory and policy. Public Performance & Management Review, 34(3), 379-397.

Twombly, E. C., Holtz, K. D., & Daub-Sychra, A. (2011). Exploring the Use of the Internet by Caregivers of People with Autism Spectrum Disorders to Obtain Caregiving Information. Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet, 15, 1–11.

Twombly, E. C., Agnew, C. A., & Holtz, K. D. (2011). Resonant messages to prevent prescription drug misuse by teens. Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education, 55(1).

Agnew, C. A., Twombly, E. C., & Holtz, K. D. (2009). Resonant prescription drug abuse prevention messages for teens. Brief Number 6: August. Informing Public Health. Atlanta, GA: KDHRC.

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Louise C. Palmer

Louise PalmerExpertise

  • Designing and evaluating culturally competent public health programs
  • Health promotion and disease prevention for vulnerable populations
  • Health disparities and access to care, particularly maternal and child health

Biography

Louise C. Palmer is a senior research associate at KDHRC, where she develops, directs, and evaluates public health projects in the Vulnerable Populations and Latino Health program areas. Ms. Palmer is an experienced mixed methods public health researcher focusing on health disparities, access to care, and culturally competent health services delivery. Ms. Palmer designs public health programs that develop the knowledge and skills of program participants within a social determinants model of health. Ms. Palmer has published widely for academic and professional audiences and her work at KDHRC has received industry awards. Before joining KDHRC, Ms. Palmer was a research associate in The Urban Institute’s Health Policy Center.

Education

M.A., Sociology, Georgia State University
B.Sc., Anthropology, University College London

Recent select publications

Palmer, L. C., Eisenstein, J., Twombly, E. C., & Holtz, K. D., & Stringer, K. (2011). The evaluation results of a public health tool to help teachers effectively accommodate and teach children with cochlear implants in mainstream classrooms. Brief Number 9: November. Informing Public Health. Atlanta, GA: KDHRC.

Palmer, L. C., Twombly, E. C., Holtz, K. D., & Stringer, K. (2011). An intergenerational approach to improve the health literacy skills of Latino families. Brief Number 8: October. Informing Public Health. Atlanta, GA: KDHRC.

Twombly, E. C., Holtz, K. D., Stringer, K., & Palmer, L. C. (2011). Identifying and overcoming challenges to the effective implementation of promotores programs by community-based nonprofit organizations. Brief Number 7: September. Informing Public Health. Atlanta, GA: KDHRC.

Palmer L. C., Cook A., Courtot B. Comparing models of maternity care serving women at risk of poor birth outcomes in Washington, DC. Altern Ther Health Med. 2010;16(5), 48-56.

Palmer L. C. (2010) Advancing Promising Program and Research/ Evaluation Practices for Evidence-based Programs Reaching Very Young Adolescents: A Review of the Literature. Washington, DC: Institute for Reproductive Health, Georgetown University.

Hill, I., Hogan S., Palmer, L.C., Courtot, B., Greshan, S., Belnap, D., Snyder, A. (2009). Medicaid Outreach and Enrollment for Pregnant Women: What is the State of the Art? Washington, D.C.: The Urban Institute.

Hill, I., Dubay, L., Kenney, G. M., Howell, E.M., Courtot, B., and Palmer, L.C. (2008). Improving Coverage and Access for Immigrant Latino Children: The Los Angeles Healthy Kids Program. Health Affairs, 27, 550-559.

Palmer, L.C., Cook, A., Courtot, B. (2008). Providing Maternity Care to the Underserved: A Comparative Case Study of Three Maternity Care Models Serving Women in Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C.: The Urban Institute.

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