Current Projects

Project ACHIEVE (Achieving Patient-Centered Care and Optimized Health In Care Transitions by Evaluating the Value of Evidence)—Funded by Patient Centered Outcome Research Institute (PCORI), nationally recognized leaders in healthcare and research methods are partnering with patients and caregivers to evaluate the effectiveness of current efforts at improving care transitions and develop recommendations on best practices for patient-centered care transitions and guidance for spreading them across the U.S.

Project BOOST®—The Project BOOST® Mentored Implementation Program is a yearlong initiative wherein hospitals receive expert mentoring and peer support to aid in improving the care of patients as they transition from hospital to home. BOOST mentors help hospital teams to map current processes and create and implement action plans for organizational change. BOOST provides a suite of evidence-based clinical interventions that can be easily adapted and integrated into each unique hospital environment.

Instrument for Patient Capacity Assessment (ICAN) Collaboration—In collaboration with the Mayo Clinic and the Kentucky Primary Care Association, Kentucky is one of the fours sites in the nation that will assess and characterize the ways in which ICAN-supported primary care is feasible and improves patient and health care teams’ experience of care and communication, while reducing patients’ burden of treatment.

Tracking and Evaluation Core of UK's Center for Clinical and Translational Science—CHSR is implementing a comprehensive evaluation plan to engage CCTS leadership, researchers, and staff in examining progress and impact in the field of translational science.  Using internal resources and expertise gleaned from our ongoing work in the areas of healthcare transformation, community outreach and engagement, and quality improvement and evaluation, our CCTS T&E plan employs validated methods designed to accomplish tracking and performance monitoring, continuous quality improvement, process and implementation evaluation, and assessment of outcomes and impact indicators.

Kentucky Consortium for Accountable Health Communities (KC-AHC)—Funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, CHSR has established the KC-AHC to address the health-related social needs of vulnerable patients across the Commonwealth. KC-AHC will implement and test an Alignment model, which seeks to determine whether providing a combination of tailored community service referrals and patient navigation services assistance, as well as clinical and community partner alignment, will yield improvement in patient outcomes, health care utilization and costs.

Examining Social Influences on Syringe Exchange Uptake Among Rural PWID at Risk for HIV—The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded the CHSR fudning to study the adoption of syringe exchange programs in rural communities in the Appalachian region of Kentucky. Rates of opioid use disorder and injection drug use have risen significantly in Kentucky, especially in rural communities. The two-year National Institute on Drug Abuse-funded study is designed to reach vulnerable injection drug users in Clark, Knox, and Pike counties to understand the multi-level barriers to access syringe exchange programs and to identify priority intervention targets and strategies to increase uptake.