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HealthExperiencesUSA website featured in the news

News feature on HealthExperiencesUSA
May
18

HealthExperiencesUSA.org, a website created by Drs. Nancy Pandhi and Rachel Grob in partnership with DIPEx International to elevate the patient voice in American health care, was recently featured in a news story by News 3/Channel 3000. The story discusses how the website can be a helpful resource for young adults with depression by helping them hear other patients' stories about depression first-hand. One young adult from Madison said that the "words of the young adults on the website let others know there is help, and they are not alone." View the story here

MyHEART website launched to help young adults with high blood pressure

MyHEART website launch
Mar
15

Approximately 1 in 15 young adults have high blood pressure, and they have lowest rates of blood pressure control compared to other adult age groups, putting them at risk for a future heart attack, stroke, congestive heart failure, and/or kidney disease. To help address this issue, Dr. Heather Johnson and her team recently launched a new website, MyHEART, that aims to help young adults with high blood pressure live a healthier life, lower their blood pressure, and prevent heart disease. A toolkit with information for providers and administrators about how they can use and promote the website with patients is also available. Learn more about the MyHEART program here.

Dr. Jennifer Weiss named an AGA Future Leader

Weiss AGA
Mar
02

Dr. Jennifer Weiss has been named one of 18 Future Leaders by the American Gastroenterological Association. The Future Leaders program was created in 2015 to identify early career gastroneterologists who have the potential to make a significant impact on the specialty. During the year-long program, participants will receive leadership training and work closely with mentors from the AGA on projects that are linked to the AGA's strategic plan.

Team funded to implement children's asthma and sickle cell quality measures

Cox funded by AHRQ
Dec
15

A team of investigators that includes Dr. Elizabeth Cox recently received funding from AHRQ and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to develop and implement new children's quality measures for asthma and sickle cell disease. The project is funded under the Pediatric Quality Measures Program, and will be used by state Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Programs, as well as payors, clinicians, and patients & families to measure improve the quality of care for children with these diseases.

New patient and stakeholder engagement resources available on HIPxChange

Stakeholder engagement resources
Nov
15

Several new patient and stakeholder engagement resources created by partners of the UW-ICTR Community Academics Partnerships program are now available on HIPxChange. The new resources include an interactive online training on deeply engaging patients with a mix and match of methods, a roadmap and materials for engaging hard-to-reach patient stakeholders, and workshop videos & materials on sustaining engagement of blended stakeholder boards across the research trajectory.

Collaborative funded to improve screening for intimate partner violence

Cox Intimate Partner Violence Screening
Sep
08

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, mspeer@wisc.edu 

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