Principal Investigator: Martin, Bradley
Title: Arkansas Consortium for Health Services Research*
Institution: University of Arkansas Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR
Project Dates: 06/01/06-05/31/08
Project No.: P20 HS15878
Summary: This project will expand and strengthen the capacity for health services research (HSR) within the State of Arkansas (AR) and will: (1) develop and maintain research-quality databases from under-utilized state data sources including AR BlueCross/BlueShield enrollment and claims files, AR Medicaid enrollment and claims files, and AR hospital discharge data system; and (2) develop multidisciplinary research mentorship, communication, and skill-building opportunities for health services researchers across the state. Plans for the AR Consortium for HSR also include the development and administration of an intramural HSR "seed grant" program that provides dedicated programming time and a limited amount of funding to allow researchers to conduct pilot studies using consortium data resources. The initial research project proposed for the consortium focuses on disparities in access to antipsychotic drug therapies, and will include a significant analytic component devoted specifically to disparities among children. Racial and ethnic minorities will be included in this research.
Principal Investigator: Vargas, Perla A.
Title: Developing an Asthma Management Model for Head Start Children
Institution: Arkansas Children's Hospital, Little Rock, AR
Project Dates: 09/26/00-08/31/03
Project No.: U18 HS11062
Summary: This multi-part case-management intervention will engage Head Start personnel at varying levels of intensity in efforts to improve the identification of asthma and identification of barriers to treatment, and to engage in problem-solving with families of children ages 3-5 with asthma. Family Enrichment Specialists will have an action plan for each child with asthma, evaluate environmental allergens and asthma management during home visits, provide family education, and monitor symptoms and regimen adherence. Teachers and teacher aides will measure peak flow and instruct children on how and when to communicate with adults about the child's asthma symptoms. The intervention is expected to reduce absences and acute care utilization for asthma and to improve asthma management practices of children, parents, and staff.
*Project includes children or children's health care issues but does not focus exclusively on children.
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