The Research Team is BUSY!
In addition to having over a dozen proposals “in the works,” they have recently submitted and participated in close to another two dozen grants that are awaiting decisions. One project that is looking particularly promising is the continuation of the CCTSI.
Recently awarded grants include $250K for Bethany Kwan’s HealthiER Evaluation Contract with the Health Foundation for Western & Central New York; Kathy James’ $450K NIH grant to study the Cardiovascular Effects of Environmental Cadmium Exposure; and Perry Dickinson’s Evaluation of Hospital Care Transitions for Colorado Rural Health Center at $77K.
Ben Miller is leading the charge on a SIM feasibility grant to come up with a clinical model for providing integrated mental health care in a primary care setting and new payment structures for the State of Colorado that are workable under the ACA. This builds on the incredible work by DFM on the Advancing Care Together (ACT) project, SHAPE and many other projects. The State will present this to the U.S. government later this year, and there could be multi-million dollar implications.
Additionally, there was some discussion about sharing information and resources, particularly human resources, and how we can best harness that information (and try to make sure it’s current and accurate). Project proposals, as well as staffing requests, all funnel through Don, who is here to serve as a resource for the department. Finally, Grants & Contracts is adding some staff, so hopefully we will start to see service improvements soon.
If you have questions, or would like more information about all things research, please contact at 303-724-7283.