Summaries of Independent Scientist (K) Awards
Institution: University of California San Francisco
Grant Title: Barriers and Facilitators to Health Care: Transitioning Youth with Special Needs
Grant Number: K08 HS017716
Duration: 5 years (2008-2012)
Total Award: $724,000
Project Description: This proposal addresses areas and ways to improve care delivery for youth with special health care needs (YSHCN) as they transition to adult care through three interwoven research aims:
- Assess patient, system, and community level facilitators and barriers to chronic illness care during the transition from pediatric to adult health care through a quantitative analysis of a nationally representative dataset.
- Use qualitative methods to assess patient, provider, and community level facilitators and barriers to chronic illness care during the transition from pediatric to adult health care.
- Develop, implement and evaluate a pilot intervention program with the city of San Francisco that addresses the needs of these children as they transition from pediatric to adult-based health care.
Career Goals: Dr. Okumura is a Fellow and Clinical Lecturer in General Pediatrics and Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco. She received her MD from New York Medical College and served her residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, CT. She also completed a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars program in health services research at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. The grantee's long-term career goal is to conduct research that will improve the quality of health care among adolescents and young adults with chronic conditions.
Progress to Date: Dr. Okumura has analyzed the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs for work relating to Aim #1 and presented the findings at the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting. Regarding Aim #2, the grantee focused on clinic and patient recruitment and patient interviews and interviews should be completed by the end of the year. She completed her first year in the Master's program.
Future Plans: A manuscript detailing the work done for Aim #1 will be completed as will data collection for Aim #2. After data collection is completed, an intervention will be formulated with the community partners.
Highlights and Specific Accomplishments:
- Ambulatory Pediatrics Association Young Investigator Travel Grant Recipient, 2007.
- Reviewer for several journals.
K-Generated Publications: None thus far.