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HealthExperiencesUSA.org a powerful resource for African American young adults with depression

HealthExperiencesUSA.org helping young adults with depression
Nov
13

African American young adults who have depression often suffer alone and lack the support and resources to manage their condition. In a recent article in Ebony magazine discussing these issues, HealthExperiencesUSA.org is highlighted as a powerful resource that can help everyone better understand depression in diverse young adults. "An international movement is underway to provide a scientifically sound way to share health experiences. The first informational resource... Health Experiences USA, methodically categorizes dozens of first-person stories from diverse young adults, including African-Americans, who bravely bust through bias to help friends and family, caregivers and sufferers, understand the disease and better manage day-to-day."

HealthExperiencesUSA.org was launched through the Health Experiences Research Network in 2014, which includes Drs. Nancy Pandhi and Rachel Grob in the UW Department of Family Medicine & Community Health

PCORI funding to improve patient-centered type 2 diabetes prevention

Oct
15

Elizabeth Cox, MD, PhD, in collaboration with partners from West Virginia University, recently received approval for a Pipeline to Proposal Tier I award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).  This project will focus on engaging stakeholders around the topic of preventing type 2 diabetes in West Virginia.  The stakeholder group will include patients, caregivers, diabetes educators, clinicians, health services researchers, and community organizations, among others. Findings from this work will be used to further support patient-centered strategies to improve type 2 diabetes prevention and management.  Details about the project are available here.

HIP welcomes Edmond Ramly

Welcome new HIP Investigator Edmond Ramly
Oct
14

We're excited to welcome Edmond Ramly, PhD as a new faculty member at HIP! Edmond is a health systems engineer and new Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. His work focuses on designing best practices for ambulatory care that balance standardization and local adaptations. Recently, he has worked closely with Dr. Christie Bartels to implement work system redeisgn for hypertension protocols.

Collaborative to improve screening for intimate partner violence approved for funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

Collaborative funded to improve screening for intimate partner violence
Aug
10

Elizabeth Cox, MD, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics at UW-Madison, in collaboration with Laurie Thompsen, MSW from the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Danielle Davidov, PhD, assistant professor of emergency medicine at West Virginia University, recently received approval for a Pipeline to Proposal Tier II award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). This award through PCORI’s Pipeline to Proposal Awards program will support the West Virginia Asking Women About Relationship Experiences (AWARE) Collaborative for Intimate Partner Violence Screening.

Although 7 million U.S. women experience intimate partner violence (IPV), only 3-10% of IPV victims are identified by healthcare professionals due to low screening rates. These rates are especially low in underserved rural areas due to geographic and social isolation.

The West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence will lead this project to transform the healthcare system’s response to intimate partner violence. This collaborative seeks to understand IPV from the perspectives of victims, their families, advocacy groups, policy makers, and healthcare and criminal justice systems. Feedback from this diverse group of stakeholders will be used to inform safe and effective IPV screening in healthcare settings.

Read more about the West Virginia AWARE Collaborative for Intimate Partner Violence Screening project here.

PCORI Pipeline to Proposal Awards enable individuals and groups that are not typically involved in clinical research to develop the means to develop community-led funding proposals on patient-centered comparative effectiveness research (CER). Established by the non-profit PCORI, the program funds help individuals or groups build community partnerships, develop research capacity, and hone a comparative effectiveness research question that could become the basis of a research funding proposal to submit to PCORI or other health research funders.

“The Pipeline to Proposal Awards program is a manifestation of PCORI’s commitment to the meaningful involvement of patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other stakeholders in all our research endeavors,” said Jean Slutsky, PA, MSPH, PCORI’s Chief Engagement and Dissemination Officer. “It provides support to those who may not otherwise have an opportunity to contribute to the field of comparative effectiveness research. We’re pleased to follow the awardees’ progress as they develop partnerships and begin to form research questions.”

PCORI is an independent, non-profit organization authorized by Congress in 2010 to fund comparative effectiveness research that will provide patients, their caregivers, and clinicians with the evidence needed to make better-informed health and healthcare decisions. PCORI is committed to seeking input from a broad range of stakeholders to guide its work.

Heather Johnson discusses masked hypertension

Jul
14

Dr. Heather Johnson was recently featured in a local news story on "masked hypertension," a condition where blood pressure readings are normal when they are measured at the doctor's office, but are actually high in non-clinical settings due to stressful or fast-paced daily living. Masked hypertension is the opposite of "white coat hypertension," where anxiety about being in a clinical environment raises blood pressure temporarily. Masked hypertension can be difficult to diagnose and can result in long-term damage to the heart and kidneys, and is estimated to affect 10-15% of Americans. View the news story here.

Maureen Smith awarded grant to study disparities with WCHQ and CCHE

Maureen Smith
Jun
15

Dr. Maureen Smith was recently awarded a 4-year grant from the Wisconsin Partnership Program to support a Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ)-sponsored effort in collaboration with the Collaborative Center for Health Equity (CCHE) to measure and publicly report disparities in the quality of care for health systems across the state of Wisconsin. While Wisconsin ranks high in overall quality of care nationally, the state performs poorly with respect to disparities in quality of care. These disparities in health care quality contribute to the poor health outcomes noted for diverse populations such as people with lower income, less education, racial and ethnic minority populations, people with disabilities, and others. This project has the potential to benefit the most disadvantaged citizens by raising the visibility of disparities and motivating health systems to undertake targeted improvements to directly address these disparities.

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