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Heidi Brown launches study to test educational program for incontinence in women

Heidi BrownDr. Heidi Brown has launched a study to test the effectiveness of an educational program, "Mind Over Matter," that explores the causes, prevention, and treatment of fecal and urinary incontinence in women. As many as 60% of women above the age of 55 have one of the two types of incontinence, and Dr. Brown's study will determine whether the Mind Over Matter program can reduce their symptoms. The program consists of three sessions that are two hours each, and uses a "train the trainer" methodology to deliver the course material. The study will take place at locations across southern and central Wisconsin, and study participants will be surveyed before and after on their symptoms to determine the effectiveness of the program.

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

Elizabeth CoxA 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.

Dr. Heidi Brown awarded funding from the Wisconsin Partnership Program to test effectiveness of community-based continence promotion program

Heidi BrownDr. Heidi Brown was recently awarded $100,000 over two years from the Wisconsin Partnership Program to test the effectiveness of a community-based continence promotion program called "Mind Over Matter; Healthy Bowels, Healthy Bladder." Bladder and bowel incontinence affects over 60% of older women and increases their risk of injuries, depression, and hospitalization, but most women do not seek care for the condition and are unaware of self-management strategies. This project will use a randomized, controlled trial of women in Wisconsin to test the effectiveness of the program, and a toolkit will be developed to help senior centers more easily assess whether the program is a good fit and implement it if it is.

Tackling diabetes in Wisconsin by empowering patients to manage their disease

WIHA logoThe 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. 

Yao Liu gives talk at UW Health "Saving Sight Session" on telemedicine

Yao LiuDr. Yao Liu spoke at a UW Health "Saving Sight Session" on April 21 on the topic of Telemedicine: Saving Sight at Home and Around the World. In this community lecture, she discusses expanding access to eye care through telemedicine, particularly for diabetic eye disease in Wisconsin's rural communities. You can view the lecture video in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health Video Library.

Nancy Pandhi et al. Win Patient Choice Award for Work on Engaging the Community in Research on Behavioral Health

Nancy PandhiCongratulations to Dr. Nancy Pandhi and her research team on winning the Patient Choice Award for their Dane 1 in 4 work. The winning poster, titled "Engaging the Community in Identifying and Prioritizing Outcomes for Integrated Primary Care Behavioral Health," was presented at the annual North American Primary Care Research Group in October.

WCHQ Improvement Toolkits on Improving Diabetes Care, Hypertension Care, and Colorectal Cancer Screening Now Available

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The Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality recently partnered with HIP to make 3 improvement toolkits available on HIPxChange. The toolkits present evidence-based strategies and a variety of supporting resources that healthcare provider organizations can use to improve care and outcomes in 3 areas: blood sugar (A1c) control for patients with diabetesblood pressure control for patients with hypertension, and screening for colorectal cancer.

Elizabeth Magnan receives KL2

Beth MagnanDr. Elizabeth Magnan received a KL2 award from the University of California - Davis to examine the impact of multiple chronic conditions with diabetes on preventable adverse events and the role of care prioritization on health and health care processes in order to develop targeted interventions. Dr. Magnan's long-term goal is to improve health outcomes and reduce medical complications for patients with diabetes and other chronic conditions.

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