Hung, Dorothy

Summaries of Independent Scientist (K) Awards

Summaries of recently funded projects for Independent Scientist and Mentored Clinical Scientist Development K Awards.

Institution: Columbia University and Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute
Grant Title: Strategies for Improving the Quality of Preventive Services in Primary Care
Grant Number: K02 HS017007
Duration: 5 years (2007-2012)
Total Award: $558,100

Project Description: This research has five aims:

  1. Evaluate the Chronic Care Model as a system redesign strategy to improve preventive care processes and patient outcomes.
  2. Examine pay-for-performance as a financial strategy to improve the quality of prevention-oriented practice structures, care processes, and patient outcomes.
  3. Assess the impact of teamwork and staff participation in decision-making as management strategies for quality initiatives in prevention.
  4. Evaluate the external validity of a national initiative to improve the quality of behavioral interventions.
  5. Conduct a sustainability stuffy of projects and recommend strategies for maintaining proven interventions in clinical practice.

Career Goals: Dr. Hung was an Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences in the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University prior to her current appointment at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute. She received her MPH from the University of Minnesota and her PhD in Health Services and Policy Analysis from the University of California, Berkeley. Her career goal is to conduct rigorous research that informs change at the practice, provider, and patient levels to improve care delivery processes and health outcomes.

Progress to Date: Dr. Hung has had several publications and presentations based on findings from Aim #1. Findings from Aim #2 have been accepted for publications and two presentations have resulted. The grantee conducted a thorough literature review on sustainability of interventions in health care which relates to Aim #5. She collaborated on numerous grant proposals to strengthen her grantsmanship skills.

Future Plans: Analyses will be completed for work associated with Aim #3 and a manuscript will be submitted for publication. Collaborative efforts for work on Aim #4 will take place and work on Aim #5 will continue.

Highlights and Specific Accomplishments:

  • Graduate Scholars Award, University of California, Berkeley.
  • Health Services and Policy Analysis Departmental Award, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley.
  • Eugene Cota-Robles Award, University of California, Berkeley.

K-Generated Publications:

Hung DY, Shelley DR. Multilevel analysis of the chronic care model and 5A services for treating tobacco use in urban primary care clinics. Health Services Research. 2009. 44(1):103-27.

Hung DY, Glasgow RE, Dickinson LM, et al. The chronic care model and relationships to patient health status and health-related quality of life. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2008. 35(5):S398-406.

Balasubramanian B, Cohen DJ, Clark E, Isaacson N, Hung DY, et al. Practice-level approaches for behavioral counseling and patient health behaviors. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2008. 35(5):S407-13.

Return to Recently Funded Career Development Award Grants

Current as of October 2012
Internet Citation: Hung, Dorothy: Summaries of Independent Scientist (K) Awards. October 2012. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/funding/training-grants/grants/active/kawards/Kawdsum43.html