Project News

KC-AHC’s CARE KY expands into 28 additional counties
CARE KY (Community Asset Registry for the Empowerment of Kentucky), is a resource available online and via a web application containing detailed information (e.g., cost, eligibility, contact information, hours, and program descriptions) regarding resources for individuals and families with health-related social needs. Its original scope included the 27-county geographical target area (GTA) of the KC-AHC project. However, using non-grant funds, CHSR has recently expanded this valuable database to include 27 additional Appalachian counties as well as Fayette County, for a total of nearly 3,000 unique resources covering a 55-county area.  CHSR is also translating all information on the site into Spanish, which will be updated in early to mid-2019.
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Jess Clouser speaks at the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG) Bimonthly Provider Cabinet Meeting.
On January 16th, Ms. Clouser was the featured speaker at the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG)’s Provider Cabinet Meeting, a bimonthly meeting of local, community-based nonprofit or social service organizations to share information in order to bring positive change to the community. The focus of Ms. Clouser’s presentation was the Kentucky Consortium for Accountable Health Communities (KC-AHC) Project and its CARE KY asset registry, including its recent expansion into 55 counties and its upcoming translation into Spanish.
Project ACHIEVE delivers feedback reports to 42 participating hospitals
Over the past three months, the Project ACHIEVE team finalized and delivered individual feedback reports for hospitals covering each of the main Phase 2 study components: 1) provider surveys, 2) patient and family caregiver surveys, and 3) hospital site visits.  Hospital feedback reports for each study component summarized findings from individual sites and provided comparisons with all study hospitals. Each of the three reports were complemented with webinar presentations that provided hospitals with information on how to read and interpret reports as well as a summary of findings across all sites.

Project MISSION conducts focus groups, distributes several surveys
The Project MISSION research team has conducted two successful focus groups with UK Healthcare patients and caregivers who have experienced syncope. Patients and caregivers are asked to describe their experiences with syncope, their expectations for care, and any reactions to the 2017 Guidelines for Syncope Evaluation and Management. The research team has also reached the provider population through two surveys. The first survey explores barriers and facilitators to implementing evidence based practices in the clinical setting, and the second survey inquires about providers’ current syncope practices, including six clinical vignettes with immediate feedback to the respondent. Data analysis for the first survey will begin soon.
VI2P Final Report Out
VI2P (Value of Innovation to Implementation Program), a UK Pilot Program with the goal of developing UK’s dissemination and implementation research infrastructure, recently hosted its Final Report-out Session. Two of the four awardees presented their final report to the College of Medicine’s Dean DiPaolo and colleagues. “PIPE to Prevent Diabetes”, led by Dr. James Keck, reported a significant increase in referrals to the Diabetes Prevention Program among the control group of patients diagnosed with pre-diabetes. Kathleen Winter, project manager for Dr. Kristin Ashford’s “ToPIC: Tobacco use in Pregnancy Intervention for Cessation”, reported that 37 pregnant women have been enrolled in the tobacco cessation program. Both presenters plan to use their preliminary data for an R01 submission in 2019.
Examining Social Influences on Syringe Exchange Uptake among Rural PWID at Risk for HIV (RISE)
Project RISE has recently completed their qualitative and quantitative data collection with injection drug users who utilize their county’s syringe exchange programs (SEP), and are continuing to enroll injection drug users from the communities who do not attend the SEP. The research team is also interviewing community stakeholders such as police officers, health department directors, peer counselors, and treatment directors to understand community perspectives on syringe exchange. The RISE team anticipates completing study data collection by early summer 2019.

CHSR Tracking and Evaluation Team
To date, the Tracking and Evaluation team has completed 28 data requests in support of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) ongoing renewal effort. The CCTS will be submitting to NCATS for competitive renewal in the spring of 2019.  The success of the recent migration of the CCTS to a membership model is evidenced by the increasing number of members which, as of 1/16/2019, sits at 581. In the four months since the inception of the newly implemented model, the CCTS has seen 324 data requests for service from at least one of the 17 cores and functions. The Tracking and Evaluation team readily leverages the data flowing from this model and has created a tableau Service Utilization dashboard, the first element in a CCTS data tableau Data Portal.  This new CCTS Data Portal will also include information about the scholarly activities of CCTS-supported investigators include proposals, awards and publications.