Current Collaborative Projects

WVPBRN Network Level – 8 Approved

CAIPEC (Central Appalachian Inter-professional Pain Education Collaborative)

Principle Investigator(s): Roberto Cardarelli, MD, University of Kentucky, Dana King, MD, WVU

Partners: WVPBRN; Sue Workman, Project Coordinator; University of Kentucky, WV AHEC

Site(s): Roane County Family Health Care; New River Health Association; WVU Family Medicine

Funding: Pfizer Consortium Education and Research in Chronic Pain$101,158

Project Description: Chronic pain management skills delivered to providers by utilizing an evidence-based and inter-professional approach to implement practice changes in regions with high abuse rates and provide resources to clinics to address chronic pain management in patients.

WVPBRN Approval Date: November 2014

PROJECT: BETTER HEALTH

Principle Investigators(s): Mary Ann Maurer, CAMC/WVU Charleston; Melissa Olfert, WVU Program of Human Nutrition and Foods

Partners: George Bennett and staff from Good Measures; John Naim and Sue Collins, WVU CTRU; Sally Hodder, WVCTSI Director

Site(s): Wirt County Health Association; CAMC/WVU Charleston; Cabin Creek Health Systems; New River Health Association; Valley Health Systems; WVSOM; WVU Family Medicine

Funding: WVCTSI CEO Demonstration Project - $94,000

Project Description: To improve healthier eating habits among obese patients in WV by assessing the feasibility of utilizing a mobile app that allows for recording of daily goods consumed and offers immediate suggestions on what food options are best based on what the prior meals had been in the day.

WVPBRN Approval Date: October 2015

TRANSITIONAL CARE MANAGEMENT (TCM) ***Pending Funding

Principle Investigator(s): Roberto Cardarelli, MD, University of Kentucky; Dana King, MD, WVU Family Medicine

Partners: WVPBRN; University of Kentucky

Site(s): Roane County Family Health Care; Cabin Creek Health Systems; Valley Health Systems; Mon Valley Association of Health Centers; FamilyCare; Camden Family Health; New River Health Association

Funding: PCORI – resubmitting 11/2015

Project Description: To reduce avoidable readmissions to the hospital and improve patient‐centered outcomes by implementing customized strategies in clinics for better coordination of overall patient care transition from hospital to clinic.

WVPBRN Approval Date: October 2014

SUICIDE SCREENING PERCEPTIONS

Principle Investigator(s): Mary LeCloux, PhD, WVU Department of Social Work

Site(s): Harpers Ferry Family Medicine, FamilyCare HealthCenter, New River Health Association

Funding: n/a

Project Description: The study will examine providers’ perceptions of the practice of providing routine suicide screens in primary care, whether there are barriers to engaging in this practice, as well as potential interventions that might make routine suicide screening more feasible and use that information to develop and implement future primary care screening protocols in WV.

WVPBRN Approval Date: January 2016

LOW BACK PAIN PREVALENCE AND CURRENT TREATMENTS ***Pending Funding

Principle Investigator(s): Brianna Sheppard, PhD

Site(s): Multi-sites – recruitment to begin

Funding: Submitted March 2016

Project Description: This project aims to identify prevalence of low back pain in West Virginia, identify current treatment recommendations for low back pain, and examine whether prevalence and treatments differ between rural and non-rural areas.

WVPBRN Approval Date: January 2016

ECHO Project – Hepatitis C

Principle Investigator(s): Amber Crist and Craig Robinson, Cabin Creek Health Systems

Other Partners: Soleille Lopez, ECHO Institute, University of New Mexico

Site(s): Cabin Creek Health Systems, WVCTSI (hub), Harpers Ferry Family Medicine, Community Care of WV, Pendleton County, E.A. Hawes

Funding: Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation $100,000, partnership with ECHO at the University of New Mexico

Project Description: Project ECHO is a learning and guided practice model for medical education that was developed out of the University of New Mexico’s School of Medicine. Videoconferences will allow Hepatitis C specialists to share their expertise to rural providers throughout West Virginia. Provide a model of effective care coordination in regards to Hepatitis C, cut down specialist referrals, and wait times for patients to see specialists.

WVPBRN Approval Date: March 2016

BARRIERS TO OBESITY MANAGEMENT ADHERENCE***Awaiting funding

Principle Investigator(s): Emily Barnes, RN, PhD, WVU Dept of Nursing

Other Partners:

Site(s): WVU Family Medicine

Funding: Submitted: Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Foundation fund $5000

Project Description: The purpose of this study is to identify and analyze perceived barriers to obesity management adherence (healthy diet and regular exercise) for adults in West Virginia family medicine and primary care clinics. The outcomes of this study will fill a knowledge gap related to the unique West Virginian population and its specific challenges to healthy diet and exercise.

WVPBRN Approval Date: March 2016

GUIDED IMAGERY TO INCREASE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY FOR ADULTS WITH RHEUMATIC DISEASES

Principle Investigator(s): Pete Giacobbi, PhD

Site(s): Multi-sites – recruitment to begin

Funding: Submitted NIH grant March 2016

Project Description: The objective is to develop and test the feasibility of a theory-and evidence-based telephone plus web-delivered guided imagery intervention to adults diagnosed with rheumatic disease.

WVPBRN Approval Date: April 2016

WVPBRN Pilot Level – 9

CERA SURVEY PROPOSAL

Principle Investigator(s): Treah Haggerty, MD, WVU Family Medicine

Partner(s): WVPBRN; Society of Teachers of Family Medicine’s Council of Academic Family Medicine (CAFM) Educational Research Alliance (CERA)

Site(s): WVU Family Medicine, WV School of Osteopathic Medicine, and Harpers Ferry Family Medicine provided input in potential questions for the survey proposal

Funding: Site leveraged

Project Description: Selected to participate in this national survey to identify internal operations within practice-based research networks. Improved understanding of PBRNs nationally.

DATA COLLABORATIVE WVU/UK

Principle Investigator(s): Cecil Pollard, West Virginia University, Jeff Talbert, University of Kentucky

Partners: WVPBRN; Mark Dignan, Tamela Harper, University of Kentucky, Adam Baus, PhD, Traci Jarrett, PhD

Site(s): Robert C. Byrd Clinic (Lewisburg), St. Claire Regional Medical Center, KY

Funding: Awarded $50,000 – WVCTSI Pilot

Project Description: This study will test the feasibility of an integrated patient datamart from primary care partners in West Virginia and Kentucky by addressing challenges surrounding EHR data integrity, quality, and access by multiple stakeholders. WV and KY pilot data to seek additional funding.

WVPBRN Approval Date: October 2015

ePHQ-2 DEPRESSION SCREENING

Principle Investigator(s): Mary Ann Maurer, MD and Mathew Weimer, MD

Partners: West Virginia Alliance for Creative Health Solutions

Site(s):

Funding: Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation $ and the WVCTSI

Project Description: The study will examine possible differences in positive results of a depression screening based on scripting face-to-face versus scripting IPAD format for this increasing ubiquitous screening tool already in use in order to inform practice and policy change among WV Alliance for Creative Health Solutions membership and other primary care settings.

WVPBRN Approval Date: March 2016

IRIS DIABETIC EYE SCREENING

Principle Investigator(s): Ron Gross, MD, WVU Eye Institute, Jonathan Kline, PharmD, Harpers Ferry Family Medicine, Dana King, MD, WVU Family Medicine

Partners: WVU Eye Institute, IRIS (Intellectual Retinal Imaging Systems)

Site(s): Harpers Ferry Family Medicine (Harpers Ferry), Community Care of WV (Buckhannon), Valley Health Systems (Huntington)

Funding: Alcon Foundation and the Allergan Foundation $50,000 each; WVCTSI Community Engagement Demonstration Project grants $50,000, totaling $150,000.

Project Description: This project aims to establish state-wide capacity for providing access to diabetic eye care that could eventually lead to severe visual impairment or blindness if left undetected or untreated; to establish a telehealth care process to evaluate the business model; begin process improvement to optimize the model incorporated in rural West Virginia clinics and create a sustainability plan by informing policy changes affecting insurance coverage of the screening device technology.

WVPBRN Approval Date: October 2014

PULMONARY REHABILITATION PILOT

Principle Investigator(s): Chaffee Tommarello, RRT, Cabin Creek Health Systems; Dan Doyle, MD, Cabin Creek Health Systems/New River Health Association

Site(s): Cabin Creek Health Systems, New River Health Association, Boone Memorial Hospital

Funding: Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation HOPE Award $29,585

Project Description: The aim of this project is to compare patient pulmonary rehabilitation program outcomes between small rural facilities and those previously published findings from large centers in areas of self-reports of well-being, knowledge of chronic lung disease and treatment, and ability to exercise.

WVPBRN Approval Date: July 2015

WVPBRN RESIDENT LEARNING COLLABORATIVE

Principle Investigator(s): Treah Haggerty, MD, WVU Family Medicine; Bill Lewis, MD Harpers Ferry Family Medicine; Eric Radcliffe, MD, United Hospital Center Residency Program

Partner(s): Treah Haggerty, MD, WVU Family Medicine; Bill Lewis, MD Harpers Ferry Family Medicine; Eric Radcliffe, MD, United Hospital Center Residency Program, Arnie Hassen and Tina Plaugher, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Site(s): WVU Family Medicine, Harpers Ferry Family Medicine, United Hospital Center Residency Program, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Funding: Site leveraged

Project Description: This group aims to increase capacity for residents to engage in quality improvement studies by understanding their current research experience and confidence. Initially, the group will survey residents

MODIFIABLE RISK FACTORS IN TREATMENT AND PREVENTION OF BACK PAIN

Principle Investigator(s): Cara Sedney, MD, WVU Neurology; Treah Haggerty, MD, WVU Family Medicine

Site(s): Harpers Ferry Family Medicine, WVU Family Medicine, New River Health Association, Mon Valley Association of Health Centers, Community Care of WV

Funding: To be submitted July 2016

Project Description: Assessing motivational readiness for weight loss during a clinical encounter regarding back pain may serve to solidify the relationship between the two entities and represent a feasible treatment plan for back pain in both primary care and subspecialty settings. This project aims to utilize patient-centered methods to evaluate exiting readiness models, assess results, feasibility and clinical outcomes using an existing TRE-MORE test, and translating and disseminating the results into primary care intervention and practices.

ADDICTION SERVICES PLANNING TEAM

Principle Investigator(s): Judith Feinberg, MD, WVU  

Site(s): Valley Health Systems; Cabin Creek Health Systems; Kanawha Co Health Dept; Cabell County Health Department

Funding: Submitted to NIH Addition Services Grant RO3 $100,000

Project Description: Create a planning team collaborative in WV around the addiction epidemic and determine stakeholders to participate in future initiatives to address the issues.

INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE

Principle Investigator(s): Danielle Davidov, PhD

Site(s):

Funding: Submitted PCORI grant April 2016

Project Description: The partnership team will connect with communities to form the West Virginia Collaborative for IPV Screening including IPV service providers and advocacy groups, IPV victims and survivors (patients), healthcare systems, researchers, criminal justice system representatives, and policymakers. The WVPBRN is a network of 28 primary care practices, researchers, clinical and public health organizations and clinicians that strive to conduct practice-based research that positively impacts the health of West Virginians. The WVPBRN will help identify practices and providers to join the Collaborative.

WVPBRN Site Level - 11

CARE COORDINATING IN ROANE CO

Principle Investigator(s): Emma White, RN, Roane County Family Health Care

Partner(s): Cristina Johnson

Site(s): Roane County Family Health Care

Funding: Site leveraged

Project Description: This project aims to improve patient outcomes with integration of care coordinator within the clinic and provide a model of effective care coordination with reasonable cost to clinics, leading to increased reimbursement coverages.

DIABETES BEST PRACTICES IN ROANE CO

Principle Investigator(s): Emma White, RN, Roane County Family Health Care

Site(s): Roane County Family Health Care

Funding: Site leveraged

Project Description: The project will determine which type of diabetic medication produces the most success in reducing the HbA1c level to refine best practices in prescribing diabetes medication in the Roane County Health Care Clinic.

FLU IMMUNIZATION PROJECT

Principle Investigator(s): Treah Haggerty, MD, WVU Family Medicine

Partners: HSTA

Site(s): HSTA Counties: Barbour, Preston, Taylor, Tucker, Braxton, Webster, Roane, Calhoun, McDowell, Mercer, Raleigh, Kanawha, Berkeley, Jefferson, Morgan, Greenbrier, Fayette, Cabell, Lincoln, Boone, Mingo and Logan

Funding: Leveraged

Project Description: To assess influenza vaccination perceptions of rural high school students in WV. HSTA students are enrolling classmates in high schools across the state to participate in an online survey assessing perception of the flu vaccine.

GREENBRIER HEALTH INITIATIVES

Principle Investigator(s): Jill Cochran, PhD, Robert C. Byrd Clinic; Kristie Bridges, WVSOM; Adam Baus, Traci Jarrett WVU Office of Health Services Research

Site(s): Robert C. Byrd Clinic/WVSOM

Funding: Site/CTSI leveraged

Project Descriptions: The Robert C. Byrd Clinic and WVSOM initiate many clinic transformation studies and improve quality of life in Greenbrier Co by addressing greatest needs in the communities with the most appropriate strategies on a local scale including the following:

  • Breastfeeding implications for addressing childhood obesity
    • Children with special needs transitioning into adulthood
    • Osteoporosis and unintentional falls among older adults
    • Pediatric diabetes and metabolic syndrome
    • Developing interventions for overweight and obese children
    • Transitional care management initiative

GREENBRIER HEALTH ALLIANCE

Principle Investigator(s): Sally Hurst, WVSOM

Partners: Various

Site(s): Multi-site in Greenbrier Co.

Funding: OHSR

Project Description: Greenbrier County Health Alliance is a collaborative partnership that empowers all local communities in Greenbrier County to improve health through community action, innovative programming and grassroots advocacy.

rHEART

Principle Investigator(s): Paul Chantler, PhD, WVU

Other Partners: , Haylee Heinsberg, WVSOM; Carrie Brainard, MOVHD; Emma White, RN, Roane County Family Health Care; Wayne Miller, WVSOM; Sherry Ellem and Barbara Holt, MOVHD

Site(s): Roane County Family Health Care

Funding: Awarded - WVCTSI Pilot $50,000 and Benedum Foundation $40,000

Project Description: The aim is to reduce the prevalence of CVD mortality/morbidity in WV by to delivering a cardiovascular disease intervention to areas in WV to improve health and determine feasibility by examining recruitment and retention, implementation fidelity, and acceptability by assessing provider and patient satisfaction by using a CBPR approach.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROJECTS – 2 (+4)

CHERP/CHAMP

Principle Investigator(s): (a) Wayne Miller, WVSOM; Mary Emmett, CAMC; (b) Ann Chester, HSTA

Partners: Josh Cusick-Lewis, CAMC

Site(s): (a) Robert C. Byrd Clinic – Lewisburg; Rainelle Medical Center – Rainelle; CAMC Family Medicine Center/Robert C. Byrd Clinical Teaching Center; (b) HSTA Community Sites

Funding: WVCTSI Collaborative Project Award $107,817

Project Description: This project aims to improve patient treatment adherence, decrease emergency room visits, decrease re-admissions, and improve patient profiles and prepare students to conduct community engaged research projects.

DUAL TOBACCO USE

Principle Investigator(s): Dr. Melissa Blank, WVU Dept of Psychology

Partner(s): HSTA

Site(s): State-wide participants

Funding: NIDA RO3

Project Description: This study aims to assess the behavior of Dual Tobacco Users and find psychology traits to target for succession plans to be implemented in dual tobacco users, leading to a decrease in tobacco use overall.

COMPLETED PROJECTS - 6

IDENTIFYING BARRIERS AND FACILITATORS OF FOOD INSECURITY USING PHOTOVOICE

Lead Partner(s): Haslyn Hunte, PhD, MPH, MPIA, WVU School of Public Health, PRC

Partners: Catholic Charities of WV

Site(s): WV Catholic Charities of West Virginia – Monongalia and Preston County food pantries

Funding: WVCTSI CEO Small Grant Award $5,000

Project Description: To promote healthier lifestyles among families and individuals requesting food by investigating facilitators and barriers that rural older adults and children experience in acquiring and preparing quality, healthy nutritious foods through the use of Photovoice methodology.

ABRACADABRA

Principle Investigator(s): Arnie Hassen, WVSOM, Michael Adelman

Site(s): Local elementary schools in Greenbrier County, WV and Raleigh County, WV

Funding: Leveraged

Project Description: The Abracadabra Project is a PBS program for young children that targets physical activity and nutrition behaviors within the home. This study will provide an evaluation at the individual, family, and media levels.

WEBSTER COUNTY DIABETIC RETINOPATHY PILOT

Principle Investigator(s): Shannon Sigley, RN, Webster County Memorial Hospital, Ron Gross, MD, WVU Eye Institute,

Partners: Greg Adams, IRIS

Site(s): Webster County Memorial Hospital

Funding: Donated/Leveraged time and resources

Project Description: This project aims to reduce the severity of diabetic retinopathy damage to the vision by early detection and treatment referrals to pilot the implementation of screening devices in rural settings.

CARE COORDINATING WITH HEALTH COACHES

Principle Investigator(s): Dan Doyle, MD, Cabin Creek Health Systems/New River Health Association; Mary Emmett, PhD, CAMC; Amber Crist, Cabin Creek Health Systems

Site(s): Cabin Creek Health Systems; Lincoln Primary Care; New River Health Association

Funding: Site leveraged

Project Description: To evaluate impact of care coordination through the use of health coaches for Medicare and Medicaid eligible patients. Improved patient experiences in healthcare by utilizing health coaches to provide additional information and support on a patient-by-patient basis.

WVPBRN Approval Date:February 2015

NUTRITION COUNSELING AND WEIGHT MANAGEMENT PRACTICES

Principle Investigator(s): Melissa Ventura Marra, PhD, WVU Program of Human Nutrition & Foods

Partners: WVPBRN; Brittany Abruzzino, Student Researcher

Site(s): WVPBRN sites, various

Funding: Internal - department

Project Description: This project aids in understanding of primary care physician practice patterns which will help us plan future research and improve patient care. Enhanced nutrition counseling in primary care physicians to improve education and skills of the provider in healthcare delivery.