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Dr. Jen Weiss receives research award for colorectal cancer screening research

Jennifer WeissColorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in Wisconsin. It is also the most preventable, yet least prevented cancer. Screening is important for early detection, but disparities in screening rates exist between Wisconsin clinics. HIP Investigator, Dr. Jen Weiss and a team of investigators received a research award through the Wisconsin Partnership Program Collaborative Health Sciences Program to identify strategies from high-performing clinics to improve colorectal cancer screening rates at low-performing clinics in rural and urban communities in Wisconsin. The long-term goal of the research is to decrease statewide colorectal cancer incidence and mortality.

New 2019 Wisconsin Health Disparities Report and Appendix Available

WCHQ 2019 Wisconsin Health Disparities ReportReport Overview

The Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ), in collaboration with Health Innovation Program, developed the Wisconsin Health Disparities Report to identify where disparities in health outcomes and care exist in Wisconsin and to help inform and accelerate programs that are working to eliminate disparities.

Pascale Carayon and Maureen Smith awarded $2.5 million grant to create patient safety learning lab

Pascale CarayonMaureen SmithDr. Pascale Carayon, the Procter & Gamble Bascom Professor in Total Quality in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and Dr. Maureen Smith, professor in the Departments of Population Health Sciences and Family Medicine & Community Health, were recently awarded $2.5 million from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to create a patient safety learning lab.

Health disparities project featured in Wisconsin Partnership Program video

Maureen SmithDr. Maureen Smith, HIP Director, was recently featured in a video from the Wisconsin Partnership Program about her disparities project with the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality and the Collaborative Center for Health Equity. This project aims to develop and implement a publicly reported measure of disparity in the quality of care in Wisconsin and examine the sources of disparities in the quality of care. This video was introduced by HIP Outreach Specialist Lauren Bednarz, and shown at the Healthiest State Summit on September 20-21 in Green Bay, WI.

Dr. Heather Johnson participates in the Wisconsin Hypertension Symposium and research cited in discussion of disparities

Heather JohnsonDr. Heather Johnson was recently invited to participate in the Wisconsin Hypertension Symposium, which brought together clinical providers, policy makers, health insurers, and state and national organizations such as the American Medical Association and the American Heart Association to develop action plans to improve hypertension diagnosis and control in Wisconsin. Dr. Johnson's research showing that young adults are less likely to be diagnosed and treated for hypertension was reference during the symposium to demonstrate disparities in hypertension care between populations in Wisconsin.

Maureen Smith discusses case management project with PCORI

Maureen SmithDr. Maureen Smith recently spoke with the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) about a current project that she is conducting with Dr. Menggang Yu and other researchers at locations across the country to characterize & evaluate the outcomes of case management programs. The project uses the PCORnet infrastucture, and its aims include characterizing case management programs across 22 health systems and evaluating the extent to which case management programs prevent hospital events for patients enrolled in Medicare accountable care organizations (ACOs).

Maureen Smith awarded grant to study disparities with WCHQ and CCHE

Maureen SmithDr. 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.

Maureen Smith Awarded $1.4 Million from PCORI

Maureen SmithDr. Maureen Smith was recently awarded $1.4 million from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute for a joint project between UW-Madison, Massachussetts General Hospital/Harvard University, and the University of Iowa. In this project, the investigators will seek to identify the most important parts of case management programs in 22 health systems across the country and assess how well they work. The project will help build the capacity of PCORnet, the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network. Read the full press release here.

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. 

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