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Child Health Extramural Research by State and Country

Principal Investigator: Athery, Adam
Title: Increasing Chlamydia Trachomatis (Ct) Screening of Young, Sexually Active Women Enrolled in Commercial Health Plans
Institution: Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Project Dates: 9/1/05-8/1/06
Project No.: 290-00-0011
Summary: This project, a collaboration between Emory and the National Committee on Quality Assurance, will focus on four key areas of study. Researchers will ascertain whether interventions have been implemented in health plans with significant increases in Ct screening rates. Moreover, they will assess the barriers, facilitators, and costs of implementation for interventions designed to improve Ct screening rates with a focus on network model plans, or determine whether plans can identify intervening factors that may have contributed to increased Ct screening rates. In addition, the study will also assess how screening rates compared before and after implementation of any interventions in such plans, after which researchers will develop and disseminate a "best practices" guide or compendium to other U.S. network model health plans and other organizations.

Principal Investigator: Jose, James
Title: Comprehensive IT Solution for Quality and Patient Safety
Institution: Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Inc., Atlanta, GA
Project Dates: 09/30/04-09/29/07
Project No.: UC1 HS015236
Summary: This pediatric healthcare system will implement a series of health information technologies to improve patient safety and quality as well as increase efficiency of all operations. Four related technologies, focusing on pharmacy, will be implemented including: (1) inpatient pharmacy system; (2) electronic medication administration record; (3) bar coding system; and (4) computerized provider order entry system. Patients in this study will include women, minorities, and Medicaid-inner city children.

Principal Investigator: Mayberry, Robert
Title: Access and Quality of Care for Vulnerable Black Populations
Institution: Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
Project Dates: 09/15/00-08/31/05
Project No.: P01 HS10875
Summary: This program project grant includes two projects related to children. The project on Improving Immunization Rates Among Low-Income Children is a randomized, controlled intervention trial will examine provider-based interventions that focus on provider behavior change. The School-based Asthma Study for Inner City Children will assess the effectiveness of an asthma screening/detection and morbidity reduction program for school-aged children.

Principal Investigator: Mayberry, Robert
Title: Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) Clinical Faculty Research Training Program*
Institution: Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
Project Dates: 09/03/02-09/29/05
Project No.: R24 HS11617
Summary: The goal of this project is to strengthen the MSM infrastructure to enhance the capacity of individual faculty members to conduct health services research aimed at improving the quality of health services for African-Americans and vulnerable populations and eliminating racial/ethnic health care disparities. This program will include research on barriers to prenatal care for low socioeconomic women, improving immunization rates for low-income preschool children, and translating prevention research into primary practice.

Principal Investigator: Mertens, Ann C.
Title: Improving Pediatric Cancer Survivorship Care Through SurvivorLink
Institution: Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Atlanta, GA
Project Dates: 9/30/08-09/29/11
Project No.: R18-HS017831
Summary: This project will develop a health information technology (health IT) system, SurvivorLink, to support high quality health care for pediatric cancer survivors in the long term, by maintaining electronic personal health records (PHRs). Special attention will be given to using this health IT system to improve care for racially/ethnically diverse, rural, and low-income children in Georgia. SurvivorLink will be used to increase patient and provider awareness of survivor issues and to track the percentage of pediatric patients who receive the recommended cancer survivor care.

Principal Investigator: Moloney, Kevin
Title: Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Evaluation of Medication Use of Health Information Technologies (HITs) in Pediatric Care
Institution: Georgia Tech Research Corporation, Atlanta, GA
Project Dates: 01/01/06-12/31/06
Project No.: R36 HE15682
Summary: In collaboration with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA), this dissertation research project will examine user-, device-, and context-based factors that affect user interaction with traditional and mobile computing technologies in the performance of pediatric medication management care tasks. Minority undergraduate and graduate students from the Georgia Institute of Technology and minority health care staff (physicians, nurses, and pharmacy clinicians) from CHOA using HITs as part of their daily work will be included in this study.

Principal Investigator: Rein, David
Title: Modeling Health Utilization of Medicaid Children
Institution: Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
Project Dates: 09/30/02-02/28/03
Project No.: R03 HS13286
Summary: The aim of this Dissertation Award is to predict the health care expenses for the full population of Georgia Medicaid children. Two leading forecasting models will focus on three goals (1) build a better predictive model of health service utilization, (2) address health policy relevant to children with special health care needs, and (3) build upon the theory of the behavioral model of who uses health services and why.

Principal Investigator: Rust, George S.
Title: A Regional, Community-Health Center Practice-based Research Network (PBRN)
Institution: Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
Project Dates: 09/30/00-09/29/01
Project No.: P20 HS11217
Summary: This planning grant will allow the Southeast Regional Clinicians' Network (SERCN) to assess the resources and strategies needed to move to a more sophisticated level of research, particularly in the area of data collection from widely varying information systems. SERCN health centers serve roughly 1.5 million persons who are medically underserved. The network has concentrated on improving health outcomes related to high-impact, high-disparity conditions, including pediatric asthma.

*Project includes children or children's health care issues but does not focus exclusively on children.

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Page last reviewed March 2009
Internet Citation: Georgia: Child Health Extramural Research by State and Country. March 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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