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Collaborative funded to improve screening for intimate partner violence

Cox Intimate Partner Violence Screening

Dr. Elizabeth Cox, associate professor of pediatrics at UW-Madison, in collaboration with Laurie Thompsen, MSW (West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence) and Dr. Danielle Davidov (West Virginia University), received a Tier 1 Eugene Washington Engagement Award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.  This award will develop a collaborative focused on improving screening for intimate partner violence (IPV) in healthcare settings.  Screening for IPV can increase identification by 133%, and both providers and patients, including victims, are generally supportive of screening.  However, screening rates among physicians are low, and current practices are not effective.

As noted by the project team in their successful proposal, “Seven million US women and five million men experience IPV annually.  Although the Affordable Care Act mandates coverage for screening to detect IPV, compliance with this mandate is hampered by lack of evidence about patient-centered screening methods.”

The funding will support the establishment of crucial partnerships between health services researchers, IPV victims and survivors, and other stakeholders such as healthcare providers, policymakers, advocacy groups, and the criminal justice system.  The collaborative aims to develop questions for further research regarding effective screening methods and an evidence base for addressing IPV in healthcare settings.

Media Contact: Mandi Speer, 

Maureen Smith Awarded $1.4 Million from PCORI

Smith PCORI award

Dr. Maureen Smith was recently awarded $1.4 million from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute for a joint project between UW-Madison, Massachussetts General Hospital/Harvard University, and the University of Iowa. In this project, the investigators will seek to identify the most important parts of case management programs in 22 health systems across the country and assess how well they work. The project will help build the capacity of PCORnet, the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network. Read the full press release here.

Christine Everett awarded K01 grant from NIA


Dr. Christine Everett, a former HIP trainee, recently received a K01 grant from the National Institute on Aging to study the impact of primary care clinician interdependence and coordination on the quality of care delivered to complex older patients with diabetes. She is the first physician assistant faculty member in the United States to receive an NIH grant. Congratulations, Dr. Everett! 

Bringing patient voices to healthcare

Researchers at UW-Madison, including Dr. Nancy Pandhi, recently launched a new web-based resource to help patients, doctors, and researchers learn more about patient experiences with illness and health. The first stories available on the website are about depression in young adults, and over time, the website will grow to include patient stories on other conditions and health issues. Learn more about the project here.

Monitoring the obesity epidemic in Wisconsin


HIP is partnering with the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ) to monitor the prevalence of obesity in the state of Wisconsin. With HIP’s support, WCHQ recently developed a publicly reported metric on adult Body Mass Index (BMI). Data for this measure was recently released for the first time by 20 healthcare organizations on 1.7 million patients across the state. Additionally, HIP has helped foster a collaboration between WCHQ and the Wisconsin Obesity Prevention Initiative (OPI) so that WCHQ’s publicly reported data can be used to monitor and help curb the growing obesity epidemic in the state.

Tackling diabetes in Wisconsin by empowering patients to manage their disease

Healthy Living with Diabetes

The State of Wisconsin is currently in the midst of a diabetes epidemic, and management of diabetes lies almost entirely in the hands of those who live with the condition. To help address this issue, the Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging launched the Healthy Living with Diabetes Program in 2013 with support from the Health Innovation Program. The program consists of a series of self-management workshop sessions that are conducted by trained lay leaders, many of whom have diabetes themsevles. To date, the program has reached over 2,300 participants across the state. 


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