University of Wisconsin–Madison

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Spotlight: Health Systems Research

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Jennifer Weiss

Goal: UW Health quality improvement ranked colorectal cancer screening performance at 11 out of 20 reporting groups, despite the demonstrated importance of early screening to cancer detection and treatment.

ICTR Support: Pilot award, KL2 scholar, CAP consultations

Outcome: An quality improvement framework was developed to drive large scale change in the UW Health organization. Enhanced work systems increased colorectal cancer screening at UW Health from 63% to 81%, resulting in 11,000 additional patients screened each year.

Kraft S, Carayon P, Weiss J, Pandhi N. A simple framework for complex system improvement. American Journal of Medical Quality: The Official Journal of the American College of Medical Quality. May 2015;30(3):223-231.

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Spotlight: Research Dissemination to the Community

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Heather Johnson

Goal: Young adults with hypertension are less likely to be diagnosed or treated compared to other age groups. Johnson’s MyHEART (My Hypertension Education And Reaching Target) intervention helps young adults live healthier lives, lower their blood pressure, and prevent heart disease.

ICTR Support: In adddition to receiving a Dissemination Supplement Award and D&I consultations, she collaborated with the CARDS® group from the Wisconsin Network for Research Support and the Health Innovation program, both affiliates of the  Community Academic Partnerships core.

Outcome: A new MyHEART (My Hypertension Education And Reaching Target) website for young adults with hypertension was developed and launched in early 2017. In addition, Johnson is disseminating an online toolkit for use by healthcare providers, community outreach workers/volunteers, and health organizations. The toolkit explains the MyHeart website and provides customizable brochures and social media communication drafts.

Johnson HM, et al. MyHEART: A Non Randomized Feasibility Study of a Young Adult Hypertension Intervention. J Hypertens Manag. 2016;2(2). pii: 016.

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