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C-TraC Named a Nationwide VA Best Practice

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The Coordinated Transitional Care (C-TraC) program led by HIP investigator Dr. Amy Kind was recently identified by the Veterans Engineering Resource Center as one of 4 best practices to improve care coordination in Veterans Affairs hospitals nationwide. The C-TraC program is a low-resource, registered nurse telephone-based initiative that aims to improve transitional care and post-discharge outcomes. You can learn more about C-TraC and download the protocol on HIPxChange

Maureen Smith Receives AAMC Learning Health System Research Award

Maureen SmithDr. Maureen Smith recently received an AAMC Learning Health System Research Champion Award to recognize connections that were built between the UW Health, the UW Office of Continuing Professional Development, and the Health Innovation Program to link clinical quality improvement, maintenance of certification, and research. Together, these groups created a web-based resource to support clinicians in the writing and preparation of manuscripts based on their quality improvement activities, facilitating the evolution from quality improvement to generalizable knowledge. 

Christine Everett Receives PAEA 2014 Article of the Year Award

Christine EverettDr. Christine Everett recently received the 2014 Article of the Year Award from the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) for the article titled, "Physician assistants and nurse practitioners perform effective roles on teams caring for patients with Medicare patients with diabetes," which was published in Health Affairs in November 2013. A $1.1 million grant was recently funded by the Veteran's Administration to further evaluate roles based on her methodology.  

Jennifer Weiss Appointed to National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable

Jennifer WeissDr. Jennifer Weiss has been appointed UW Health liaison to the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT). The NCCRT, which was established by the American Cancer Society and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is a national coalition of organizations whose mission is to reduce the incidence and mortality from colorectal cancer in the US, and increase the use of proven colorectal cancer screening tests among the entire population for whom screening is appropriate. 

Ifna Ejebe Receives Pre-Doctoral Awards from the AHRQ and NIH

Ifna EjebeIfna Ejebe was awarded the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) R36 Health Services Dissertation Award and the NIH Individual Predoctoral MD/PhD Award (F30) through the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).  Ifna will serve as the Principal Investigator of the project “Diabetes Self-Management Education and Associated Healthcare Use in US Adults.”  The overall objective of this study is to investigate the distribution of diabetes self-management education and its contribution toward persistent disparities in diabetes outcomes, medical expenditures, and healthcare use.

Dane 1 in 4: Integrating Mental Health Care with Primary Care

Nancy PandhiA new effort led by Dr. Nancy Pandhi to integrate mental health care into the primary health care system is being undertaken by several Dane county healthcare organizations and UW-Madison programs. The project, Dane 1 in 4, kicked off Monday, September 20 with a forum at the United Way that involved attendees from more than 15 health delivery systems, advocacy organizations, school mental health programs, and other agencies. Starting in October, Dane 1 in 4 will be seeking patient feedback through an anonymous survey that will be available on their website and in various Dane county clinics and health centers.

Elizabeth Cox's Project Featured in the Wall Street Journal

Elizabeth CoxDr. Elizabeth Cox's project funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is featured in a recent article on patient engagement in clinical trials in the Wall Street Journal. In the project, Dr. Cox and colleagues are working with children and their families to determine the optimal way to tailor a family-centered diabetes management program to pediatric patients' specific needs.

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