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What Have PRCHN Faculty and Staff Been up To?
Carissa Smock and Sonia Alemagno. Understanding health care provider barriers to hospital affiliated medical fitness center facility referral: a questionnaire survey and semi structured interviews. BMC Health Services Research, 3 August 2017.

Siran M. Koroukian; Nicholas Schiltz,; David F. Warner; Kurt C. Stange; and Kathleen A. Smyth. Increasing Burden of Complex Multimorbidity Across Gradients of Cognitive Impairment. American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease & Other Dementias, 1-10. DOI: 10.1177/1533317517726388

Koroukian, Siran M., Nicholas Schiltz, David F. Warner, Jiayang Sun, Paul Bakaki, Kurt Stange, Charles W. Given, and Avi Dor. Multimorbidity: Constellations of Conditions across Subgroups of Midlife and Older Individuals, and Related Medicare Expenditures. Journal of Comorbidity, Vol. 7, No. 1, 2017. http://jcomorbidity.com/index.php/test/article/view/91

Koroukian, Siran M., Nicholas K. Schiltz, David F. Warner, Charles W. Given, Mark Schluchter, Cynthia Owusu, and Nathan A. Berger. 2017. Social Determinants, Multimorbidity, and Patterns of End-of Life Care in Older Adults Dying from Cancer. Journal of Clinical Oncology, Volume 8, Issue 2, March 2017, Pages 117-124. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1879406816301229

Siran Koroukian. Managing Bipolar Disorder in the Elderly, webcast with Stephen Strawkowski, MD. August 16, 2017. Medscape.com. http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/883972

Eunlye Lee; Jarrod Dalton; David Ngendahimana; Pat Bebo; Ashley Davis; Daniel Remley; Carol Smathers; Darcy A. Freedman. Consensus modeling to develop the farmers’ market readiness assessment and decision instrument. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 20 July 2017. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs13142-017-0504-2

Darcy Freedman, PhD, will be giving a testimony on SNAP-Ed and nutrition incentive programming at the next Bipartisan Policy Center SNAP Task Force meeting on Sept. 15. This group is taking recommendations that emerged from the National Commission on Hunger commissioned by Congress in the 2014 Farm Bill and making recommendations for policy targets for the next Farm Bill planned for approval in 2018. 

Appointments and Awards
Research Associate Eun-Lye Lee, PhD, was appointed as a board member for Asian Services In Action, a nonprofit organization providing community-based public health services and intervention for high risk Asian American populations in Cleveland and Akron.

Affiliated Faculty Shirley Moore, MSEd, MSN, PhD, was awarded the title of Distinguished University Professor. Moore is the Edward J. and Louise Mellen Professor of Nursing and associate dean for research at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.

Post-doctoral Fellow Carissa Smock is the Chair Elect for the Physical Activity Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA). This is a six-year term serving two years as Chair-Elect, two years as Chair, and two years as Immediate Past Chair.

Affiliated faculty Martha Sajatovic, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and of Neurology, Willard Brown Chair in Neurological Outcomes Research, and Director of the Neurological and Behavioral Outcomes Research Center at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, has received two major research grants. As principal investigator, Sajatovic will lead a National Institutes of Health Fogarty International Center for Health grant in Tanzania with colleagues at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Services to reduce the burden of chronic psychotic disorders using a customized adherence enhancement program combined with injectable, long-acting antipsychotic medication. The combined treatment approach was developed by Sajatovic's team in Cleveland. Cleveland collaborators include Jennifer Levin, PhD, of UH and CWRU, and Carol Blixen, PhD, RN of CWRU. The second grant, from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and in collaboration with two principal investigators from the University of Colorado Denver (Bethany Kwan, PhD, and Jeanette Waxmonsky, PhD), is for a diabetes intervention project comparing two evidence-based treatments, patient-driven diabetes Shared Medical Appointments (SMAs) vs. standardized diabetes SMAs. The curriculum to be used is Targeted Training for Illness Management (TTIM), a 12-session modular group intervention developed in Cleveland by Sajatovic and her team. Click here for more details on both grants. 
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