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HIP Investigators Awarded UW-ICTR Pilot Grants

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Several HIP investigators were recently awarded pilot grants from the UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (UW-ICTR). Drs. Christie Bartels, Michelle Chui, Korey Kennelty, Nancy Pandhi, and Gretchen Schwarze will be conducting projects on a variety of topics in inpatient, outpatient, and pharmacy settings that engage patients and community health care organizations as collaborators.

Christie Bartels Awarded Pfizer Grant

Christie BartelsDr. Christie Bartels was recently awarded a 2.5 year Pfizer Independent Grant for Learning and Change for her project, "Systems-based CVD prevention protocols for rheumatology teams: A low-cost multidisciplinary approach." The goal of the project is to improve management of modifiable cardiovascular disease risk factors as a path to improve the cardiovascular health and survival of patients with rheumatic diseases. The project will apply evidence-based staff-driven protocols in RA clinic visits to improve management of hypertension and tobacco use. This QI project responds to the aim of the Pfizer program to support "screening for and modification of modifiable CVD risk factors in RA patients."

Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging Featured on Wisconsin Public Radio

WIHA Dr. Jane Mahoney and Betsy Abramson from The Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging (WIHA) recently spoke on Wisconsin Public Radio about the types of programs that WIHA offers to support older adults and people living with chronic illnesses, as well as the many benefits of the programs. In collaboration with WIHA, the Health Innovation Program helped support the development of Healthy Living with Diabetes, one of the programs that they discuss in the interview.

5-Year Randomized Controlled Trial of C-TraC Funded by NIA

C-TraC LogoThe NIH-National Institute on Aging has just funded a 5 year Project (Project PI: Dr. Amy Kind) for a prospective, single-blind randomized controlled trial of the Coordinated-Transitional Care (C-TraC) program. The primary goal of this study is to determine C-TraC's impact on 30-day rehospitalizations, caregiver stress, and the patient-centered post-hospital outcomes of delirium prevention/resolution, functional maintenance/recovery, and falls prevention in patients with dementia discharged from the hospital to the community.

Nancy Pandhi and Gretchen Schwarze Receive WPP New Investigator Awards

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Dr. Nancy Pandhi and Dr. Gretchen Schwarze have been selected to receive New Investigator awards from the Wisconsin Partnership Program for their projects, "Aligning Preferences in Older Adults with Decision for High Risk Surgery" and "The Effectiveness of an Integrated Mental Health and Primary Care Model for Wisconsin Patients with Severe Mental Illness," respectively. 

Read more about the studies here

Coordinated-Transitional Care Program Featured on VA Website and UW-ICTR "Spotlight on Success"

C-TraC LogoThe U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' central office in Washington, DC recently released an article discussing the Coordinated Transitional Care (C-TraC) program directed by HIP investigator Dr. Amy Kind. Read the article here.

In addition, the UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research recently featured Dr. Kind and the C-TraC program in the "Spotlight on Success" section of their newsletter. 

VA C-TraC Team Awarded the 2013 Innovations in Practice Award from the National Gerontological Nursing Association

C-TraC LogoThe VA Coordinated-Transitional Care (C-TraC) team was awarded the 2013 Innovations in Practice award from the National Gerontological Nursing Association. At the Association's annual convention on October 3-5, 2013 in Clearwater, FL, the VA C-TraC program's nurse case manager, Laury Jensen, presented "Development and Implementation of the VA Coordinated Transitional Care (C-TraC) Program: Successes, Challenges, and Lessons Learned."

Integrated Primary Care Consulting Psychiatry Toolkit Now Available on HIPxChange

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The Access Community Health Centers Integrated Primary Care Consulting Psychiatry Toolkit includes a detailed flow diagram of key communications between primary care physicians, behavioral health consultants, and consulting psychiatrists working together within a clinic. It emphasizes a team approach for addressing patients’ behavioral and mental health needs while supporting and encouraging efficient, whole-person care.

The Integrated Primary Care Consulting Psychiatry Toolkit was developed by researchers and clinicians at Access Community Health Centers and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. View the toolkit here.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Disease Activity & Monitoring Toolkit Now Available on HIPxChange

Christie BartelsDr. Christie Bartels recently developed the Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Disease Activity & Monitoring Toolkit, which centers around a flowsheet built in the electronic health record that allows clinicians to dynamically assess RA activity consistent with national RA quality indicators advocating disease activity monitoring. The flowsheet longitudinally displays pertinent lab and clinical data for RA/medication management, as well as cardiovascular disease risk monitoring.

The RA Disease Activity & Monitoring Toolkit was developed by researchers and clinicians at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine & Public Health – Department of Medicine, Rheumatology Division. View the toolkit here.

Coordinated-Transitional Care Toolkit Profiled on AHRQ Innovations Exchange

C-TraC LogoThe VA Coordinated-Transitional Care (C-TraC) program is profiled in the July 31st issue of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Health Care Innovations Exchange, a web-based program designed to support health care professionals in sharing and adopting innovations that improve health care quality.

View the C-TraC profile here.

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