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Developing Research Infrastructure: the Puerto Rico Health Services Research Institute Experience

Slide Presentation from the AHRQ 2009 Annual Conference


On September 14, 2009, Roberto E. Torres-Zeno made this presentation at the 2009 Annual Conference. Select to access the PowerPoint® presentation (211 KB).


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Developing Research Infrastructure: the Puerto Rico Health Services Research Institute Experience

Roberto E. Torres-Zeno, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator
Health Services Administration Department
University of Puerto Rico Graduate School of Public Health

AHRQ 2009 Annual Conference
September 14, 2009
 

 

Slide 2

Acknowledgement

  • Research project supported by grant # 6 R24 HS014060-06 awarded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
  • Project Period: 2003-2009
  • AHRQ Minority Research Infrastructure Support Program (MRISP)

 

Slide 3

Purpose of Presentation

  • Identify purpose and specific aims of AHRQ award
  • Describe partnerships between the PRHSRI and collaborating organizations
  • Impact on health services delivery system in PR
  • Identify challenges of developing a research infrastructure support system

 

Slide 4

Grant Specific Aims

  • Establish and maintain an administrative structure in the Health Services Administration Department (HSAD) in the Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH)
  • Establish a faculty development and mentoring program that will enhance the HSAD and GSPH capabilities to undertake health services research

 

Slide 5

Grant Specific Aims

  • Formulate and conduct pilot projects in health services research that will lead toward more comprehensive investigations through the submission of proposals for external funding

 

Slide 6

Grant Specific Aims

  • Provide methodological and technical support that will facilitate:
    • the identification and advancement of potential research ideas
    • The development of successful research proposals for external funding
    • Conducting pilot research projects in health services research focusing on health disparities
    • The dissemination of research findings for policy development purposes

 

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Pilot Research Projects

  • Health Services Utilization Pattern of Children and Adolescents with Asthma by Health Insurance Status in Puerto Rico
  • The Effect of Health Care Reform on Infant Mortality: The Case of Puerto Rico
  • Psychometric Properties of the Performance of Mental Health Services for Children and Adolescents (Organizational Climate)

 

Slide 8

Pilot Research Projects

  • Health Seeking Behavior and Complementary and Alternative Medicine Utilization Patterns in Puerto Rico: Implications for Health Policy and Administration
  • Development of a Spanish Version of the Primary Care Assessment Tool (PCAT)
  • Social Environment and Family Factors Associated with Childhood Obesity Among Elementary School Students in Puerto Rico

 

Slide 9

Partnerships

  • Academia and US Federal Government
    • US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Obesity Project (PI: Dr. Winna Rivera)
      • Collaboration in Dietary Research - US Department of Agriculture Extramural Agreement
      • Use of USDA Dietary Intake Software by PRHSRI researchers

 

Slide 10

Partnerships

  • Academia and US Federal Government
    • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Obesity Project (PI: Dr. Winna Rivera)
      • In exchange of technical review and updates of Puerto Rican foods and recipes in the USDA Food and Nutrient Database for Dietary Studies
      • 4-day training provided to PRHSRI researchers on use of USDA Dietary Intake Software

 

Slide 11

Partnerships

  • Academia and US Federal Government
    • Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Project (PI: Roberto E. Torres-Zeno)
      • Access to 2007 NHIS CAM Supplement instrument (Spanish version) for cultural adaptation in Puerto Rico
      • Technical Support by NCHS/CDC
      • Potential use to study Puerto Ricans in the US
      • Potential use to compare Puerto Ricans in the US vs Puerto Ricans living in the island

 

Slide 12

Partnerships

  • Academia and PR Government
    • Puerto Rico Health Department Maternal and Child Health Division & Infant Mortality Project (PI: Dr. Heriberto Mar�n)
      • Database provided by Puerto Rico Health Department.
      • MCH Division Director member of PRHSRI Advisory Board.
      • Research findings shared with MCH Division.

 

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Partnerships

  • Academia and PR Government
    • Puerto Rico Health Department Maternal and Child Health Division & PRHSRI Infant Mortality Project (PI: Dr. Heriberto Mar�n)
      • Research findings shared with Commission on Evaluation of the Puerto Rico Health Care System (2006)
      • Mar�n et al., The Effect of Managed Care on Prenatal Care: the Case of Puerto Rico, Maternal and Child Health Journal, 2009 Mar;13(2):187-97. Epub 2008 (May 17)

 

Slide 14

Partnerships

  • Academia and PR Government
    • PR Department of Education and Obesity Project (PI: Dr. Winna Rivera)
      • Access to elementary school children and parents for study authorized by PR Department of Education
      • Research findings available to PR Department of Health Maternal and Child Health Division
      • Potential projects to replicate study in other school districts

 

Slide 15

Partnerships

  • Within University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus (UPRMSC)
    • Cancer Center Research proposal
    • Puerto Rico Comprehensive Center for the Study of HIV Disparities ($25,000 for PCAT validation on HIV populations)
    • School of Medicine Endowed Health Services Research Center
    • GSPH Human Nutrition Program (Obesity Project)

 

Slide 16

Partnerships

  • Community Organizations and Academia
    • Primary Health Care Association of Puerto Rico, Inc. and PCAT Project (PI: Dr. Ruth R�os)
    • Access to primary care centers
    • Access to physicians and administrators
    • Access to patients
  • Future dissemination of research findings
  • Potential improvement of primary health care centers delivery system in Puerto Rico

 

Slide 17

Concluding Remarks

  • Strong partnership development
  • Knowledge development on health services issues
  • Challenges
    • Use findings and acquired knowledge
    • Dissemination
    • Influence health policy
    • Change in the delivery system
    • PRHSRI external funding
  • www.prhsri.rcm.upr.edu
Current as of December 2009
Internet Citation: Developing Research Infrastructure: the Puerto Rico Health Services Research Institute Experience: Slide Presentation from the AHRQ 2009 Annual Conference. December 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://archive.ahrq.gov/news/events/conference/2009/torres-zeno/index.html

 

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