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Highlights from CHHS Faculty Research:

NSF Grant #1303139 (Chumbler - PI)

Collaborative Research: An Allocation Model with Dynamic Updates for Balanced Workload Distribution on Patient Centered Medical Homes

Dean Neale R. Chumbler and Dr. William Mkanta, Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health, along with colleagues at the University of Michigan and Wayne State University were awarded a collaborative research grant funded by the National Science Foundation. The goal of this collaborative Advancing Health Services through System Modeling Research project is to lay a scientific foundation for new business rules and operation sciences useful for the patient centered medical home model (PCMH). The PCMH model is an emerging team-based approach for primary care aimed at improving timely access to care, continuity of care, care cost and comprehensiveness for patient wellness.

Drs. Chumbler and Mkanta employ Medicaid data from 4 states to build an innovative and new prediction tool. This tool will not only add important contributions to the scientific literature, but it will also equip and guide healthcare managers and executives, planners and policy makers with the necessary information to better understand the predictors of costs and utilization among Medicaid recipients. 

Drs. Chumbler and Mkanta and their colleagues are in the process of writing two manuscripts for publication. One is currently assessing the cost and determine predictors of hospitalizations/expenditure in hospitalizations involving ambulatory care sensitive conditions (ACSC) among Medicaid enrollees in comprehensive managed care plans. ACSC hospitalizations may be indicative of deficiencies in accessing or utilizing primary care services and are responsible for increased volume of avoidable hospitalizations and preventable cost of care. These trends become more alarming when they emerge among participants of managed care plans that are specifically designed to coordinate care and potentially prevent unfavorable trends of cost and service use. Next, the team will prepare a manuscript describing potential workload and cost savings with corresponding between-state comparisons when the PCMH model is applied to a Medicaid population.

CHHS Recent Publications

2015-2016 CHHS Publications

Allied Health

Evans, J. W., Tadakamalla, P. (in press). Three Dimensional Imaging within the Dental Office. Decisions in Dentistry.

Communication Sciences & Disorders

Shackelford, J.L., & Nale, S. (in press). Training police officers to differentiate traumatic brain injury from alcohol intoxication. Contemporary Issues in Communication Science and Disorders.

Smith, J.C. (in press). Assessment of problem solving: What does it tell us about pragmatic language? KSHA Communicator, 4-5.

Ball, A., Neils-Strunjas, J., & Krival, K. (2015). A longitudinal posthumous study of letter writing in a late elderly case. American Speech and Hearing Association’s Perspectives- SIG 15 (Gerontology).

Evans, C., & Shackelford, J.L. (2015). Course of action is defined by juridical field in a case study of young professionals. International Journal of Liberal Arts and Social Science, 3(2), 15-27.

Roden, L. (2015). APPsolutely fantastic speech-language apps. KSHA Communicator, 3(1), 4.

Smith, J.C. (2015).  Problem solving of typically developing children on an adaptation of the twenty questions task. Theses and Dissertations—Rehabilitation Sciences. Paper 26. http://uknowledge.uky.edu/rehabsci_etds/26

Family and Consumer Sciences

Haynes-Lawrence, D.J. & Lawrence, G.R. (2015). Concussions in young children:  Informing the Early Childhood Educator.  Childcare Exchange. Published, Sept/Oct 2015.

*A complete list of all recent CHHS publications will be available soon.

2014-2015 CHHS Publications

Allied Health

Evans, J. W., Tadakamalla, P. (2014). Antibiotic Resistance: MRSA in Dentistry. International Dental Journal of Student Research. http://www.idjsr.com

Communication Sciences & Disorders

Roden, L. (2014). The new Praxis. KSHA Communicator, 2(4), 7.

Roden, L. (2014). Assessment of services for students with autism in Kentucky’s public schools. KSHA Communicator, 1(2), 4-5.

Shackelford, J.L. (2014). The SLP’s role in end of life care. KSHA Communicator, 2(3), 4.

Sotto, C.D., Redle, E., Bandaranayake, D., Neils-Strunjas, J. & Creaghead, N.A. (2014). Fricatives at 18 Months as a Measure for Predicting Vocabulary and Grammar at 24 and 30 Months. Journal of Communication Disorders, 49, 1-12.

Family and Consumer Sciences

Haynes-Lawrence, D.J. (2014). Supporting families experiencing chronic illness.  Childcare Exchange.  Accepted July, 2014. Published, May/June 2015.

Haynes-Lawrence, D.J. & West, A.R. (2014). Having children after MS diagnosis:  Worry and wonder. MS Focus.  In press.

Haynes-Lawrence, D.J. & West, A.R. (2014).  Multiple Sclerosis and parenting:  How our children respond to diagnosis, treatment and daily life. Contemporary Perspectives in Family Research: Family Relationships and Familial Responses to Health Issues. Volume 8A, (pp. 75-101).  Emerald Group  Publishing Limited.  ISSN: 1530-3535/doi: 10.1108/D1530-35352014000008A002

Haynes-Lawrence, D.J. (2014).  Review of, Scrubba Dub, Carlos for What’s New in Children’s Books? 2013 Edition from Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA).

Lawrence, S.J. & Haynes-Lawrence, D.J. (2014).  Can I help? A guide to including your children with your Disease Modifying Therapies (DMTs). In Contemporary Perspectives in Family Research: Family Relationships and Familial Responses to Health Issues. Volume 8A, (pp. 100-101).  Emerald Group Publishing Limited.  ISSN: 1530-3535/doi: 10.1108/D1530-35352014000008A002

*A complete list of all recent CHHS publications will be available soon.

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