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Pediatric Sepsis Research Aims to Improve Emergency Care

Halden Scott, MD, associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, has a career defined by her passion for sepsis research and improving the quality of emergency care for children.


Author Melissa Santorelli | Publish Date June 24, 2024
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Research    Community    Asthma   

School-based Asthma Trial Expands Across Colorado

A team of CU researchers is making strides to advance health equity by reducing pediatric asthma disparities. Their research is part of the Disparities Elimination through Coordinated Interventions to Prevent and Control Heart and Lung Disease Risk (DECIPHeR) Alliance. This Alliance is a set of seven programs funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to eliminate cardiopulmonary health disparities.


Author Melissa Santorelli | Publish Date May 21, 2024
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Community    Faculty

New ACCORDS Director Shares Initial Vision for the Center

Jerica Berge, PhD, MPH, LMFT, director of the Adult and Child Center for Outcomes Research and Delivery Science (ACCORDS) and professor in the Department of Family Medicine, joined the University of Colorado School of Medicine at the start of the year after a decorated career at the University of Minnesota.


Author Melissa Santorelli | Publish Date April 01, 2024
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Community    Faculty   

Founding Director of ACCORDS Reflects on Success of the Center

When Allison Kempe, MD, MPH, professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, was developing her vision that would one day become The Adult and Child Center for Outcomes Research and Delivery Science (ACCORDS), her goal was to provide a home for health services and outcomes researchers.


Author Melissa Santorelli | Publish Date March 22, 2024
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Research    Education    Fellowship    Mentoring    Training   

Ten Years of Research Training and Mentorship

The Surgical/Subspecialists Clinical Outcomes Research (SCORE) Fellowship within the Adult and Child Center for Outcomes Research & Delivery Science (ACCORDS) has played a crucial role in providing training, mentorship, and career development support to physician-researchers in the University of Colorado School of Medicine.


Author Melissa Santorelli | Publish Date March 01, 2024
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Research    Community    Vaccinations    Pediatrics   

Most Parents Choose to Vaccinate Their Children, Say ACCORDS Researchers

Despite some media narratives that focus on vaccine hesitancy becoming more commonplace, ACCORDS faculty members at the University of Colorado School of Medicine say the opposite is true. Most parents in the United States still support vaccinating their children.


Author Melissa Santorelli | Publish Date February 20, 2024
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Research    Community    Publications    Cancer

CU Researchers Share Experience of Novel NCI Center in New Publication

Russell Glasgow, PhD, director of the Dissemination & Implementation Science Program at the Adult and Child Center for Outcomes Research & Delivery Science (ACCORDS) and University of Colorado Cancer Center member, co-authored a paper detailing the work and evolution of the Colorado Implementation Science Center in Cancer Control (COISC3).


Author Melissa Santorelli | Publish Date February 12, 2024
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ACCORDS Program Leads Selected for Anschutz Acceleration Initiative

ACCORDS faculty at the University of Colorado School of Medicine are set to launch and support 10 distinct projects over the next five years that aim to develop patient-centered decision support tools across various clinical domains as part of the recently-awarded Anschutz Acceleration Initiative (AAI).


Author Melissa Santorelli | Publish Date January 30, 2024
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Research    Publications

ACCORDS Researcher Discovers High Prevalence of Outpatient Exposures to Drug-Drug Interactions

James Feinstein, MD, MPH, associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and an ACCORDS investigator, is also a primary care pediatrician at Children's Hospital Colorado who cares for children with medical complexity.


Author Melissa Santorelli | Publish Date January 25, 2024
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New Research Seeks to Understand the Refugee Experience of Primary Care After Resettlement

Sarah E. Brewer, PhD, MPA, assistant professor of family medicine at the CU School of Medicine and ACCORDS Education Program director, combined her research interests in preventative health care, health equity, and developmental stages for her latest publication.


Author Melissa Santorelli | Publish Date December 19, 2023
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Research    Community

ACCORDS Top Stories of 2023

The Adult & Child Center for Outcomes Research and Delivery Science (ACCORDS) at the University of Colorado School of Medicine has had many accomplishments this year including the announcement of ACCORDS' new director Jerica Berge, PhD, MPH, our work to help dispense lifesaving drugs to young adults, examining publication bias, and the launching of a new core. 


Author Melissa Santorelli | Publish Date December 18, 2023
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Research    Press Releases    Publications   

CU Researchers Evaluate Possible Publication Bias

A team of researchers from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus collaborated to analyze possible publication bias in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management (JPSM). Their findings, Primary Author Characteristics Associated with Publication in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, was published in October.


Author Melissa Santorelli | Publish Date November 28, 2023
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Policy Statement Calls for End of Corporal Punishment in Schools

Mandy Allison, MAEd, MD, MSPH, associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Co-Director of the Prevention Research Center for Family and Child Health (PRC) within ACCORDS, is the lead author of a policy statement calling for an end to corporal punishment in schools.


Author Melissa Santorelli | Publish Date November 09, 2023
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Pragmatic Research and Trials Core Added to ACCORDS Offerings for Investigators

The Pragmatic Research and Trials Core was announced earlier this summer to expand support services for faculty on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. R. Mark Gritz, PhD, associate professor in the Division of Health Care Policy and Research at the CU School of Medicine and ACCORDS director of operations, will lead the new core within ACCORDS.


Author Melissa Santorelli | Publish Date November 03, 2023
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ACCORDS Launches New Learning Health Systems Core to Support Investigators

ACCORDS is expanding its assistance for investigators to help improve the delivery of care for patients. The new Learning Health Systems (LHS) core, directed by Michael Ho, MD, PhD, professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, will use data and analytics to generate knowledge, engage partners, and implement electronic health records (EHR)-based behavior change interventions to transform clinical practices.


Author Melissa Santorelli | Publish Date September 06, 2023
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Septic Shock in Children: Improving the Rapid Diagnosis and Treatment of Infection in Children

“The difficult thing about sepsis is, there's no test that's ever been developed that finds everyone who will become critically ill without finding too many other patients. If we gave them all antibiotics, we would be overusing them. If we hospitalized them all, we would be hospitalizing too many kids, which results in harm for patients and harm for the system. But we never want to miss a single case of sepsis.” 


Author Carie Behounek | Publish Date March 14, 2023
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Will Clinician-Personalized Decision Support Lead to More Effective Prescribing Decisions?

Katy Trinkley isn’t surprised when clinicians bristle at the idea of adding alerts to the electronic health record. Alert fatigue is real. Yet her methods and desire to give clinicians the personalized information they need when they need it have piqued their interest in her work.


Author Carie Behounek | Publish Date March 14, 2023
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Naloxone Vending Machines: Helping People Get Access to the Services They Need in a Way that Works for Them

Nicole Wagner, PhD, a recent graduate of the ACCORDS K12 Impact scholar program, is using a career development award to broaden access to naloxone through vending machines. The medication is easy to administer and rapidly reverses overdoses, making it easy for bystanders to save lives. 


Author Carie Behounek | Publish Date February 06, 2023
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The Intersection of Implementation Science and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Implementation science is a team sport, and the reason Mónica Pérez Jolles, MA, PhD joined the ACCORDS team. As an invited associate professor, she is collaborating with her University of Colorado School of Medicine colleagues and community partners to improve health systems for underserved populations.   


Author Carie Behounek | Publish Date October 26, 2022
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Research    Mental Health    Child & Adolescent    Pediatrics

Pediatrician partners with ACCORDS research team to study mental health supports for children with medical complexity

Clinicians and researchers from ACCORDS at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus and Children’s Hospital Colorado have completed the first phase of a two-part study on the behavioral and mental health needs of children with severe chronic medical conditions.


Author Laura Veith | Publish Date October 21, 2022
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Research    mHealth    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz   

Transformative healthcare technology, starting with Dr. Susan Moore and the mHealth Impact Lab

Dr. Susan Moore helps foster mobile health and informatics solutions at ACCORDS through consultation and advising for investigator and grant development. Her interest in health coupled with her experience in mobile technologies led her to think, “I bet we can do this for the good of the world.” This began her journey to translate health data to actionable knowledge.


Author Laura Veith | Publish Date July 14, 2022
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Research    Education

Pragmatic Research in Health Conference in May 2022

In 2020, the Adult and Child Center for Outcomes Research and Delivery Science (ACCORDS) education program at the School of Medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, was awarded a three-year conference grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). After successfully offering two virtual conferences in 2020 and 2021, ACCORDS, and co-sponsor Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI), are proud to offer the third annual Colorado Pragmatic Research in Health Conference (COPRH Con) on May 23-25, 2022, as a hybrid event. Anschutz Medical Campus employees and CCTSI members from affiliated institutions can attend this year’s conference for free.


Author Katie Klossner | Publish Date May 09, 2022
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Changing perspectives of hospice in the Black community

At first, Channing Tate’s experience and work in hospice care began out of necessity rather than interest.

While in her early 20s, Channing Tate, PhD, MPH, assistant professor in General Internal Medicine at the CU School of Medicine’s mother became ill and passed away from breast cancer. Tate saw the challenges that her own family had in understanding what hospice was and how it could benefit their family.

“Some of my mother's relatives really were angry when we enrolled her in hospice, which didn't make a lot of sense to me because, why would I do something that was going to hurt my mom?” remembers Tate. “This idea of why communities of color, older Blacks specifically, don't use hospice really started then.”


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Research    Public Health    Clinical Research    Fellowship   

Transforming practitioners into researchers: ACCORDS’ SCORE Fellowship

The strength of the CU Anschutz Medical Campus is built in part on the ties between practitioners and researchers — field experts working regularly in hospitals or clinics using what they have seen in their practice to inform their research. This is where innovation and truly life-altering discoveries are made.

The Surgical/subspecialists Clinical Outcomes Research (SCORE) Fellowship at ACCORDS is a one-of-a-kind opportunity allowing physicians to gain skills and begin their work in outcomes-based research. The fellowship is designed to train outstanding physician-researchers in clinical translational and outcomes research. Since 2014, SCORE has primarily focused on surgeons and subspecialists interested in research training.


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Research    Public Health    Vaccinations    Child & Adolescent

A new smartphone app could increase vaccination of pediatric transplant patients

While most conversations about vaccinations concern the COVID-19 vaccine, Dr. Amy Feldman is focusing on vaccinations of a different kind. The standard kind.

A staggering number of pediatric transplant patients, one in six to be specific, are hospitalized within the first five years post-transplant with a potentially vaccine-preventable illness. Understanding this phenomenon and increasing standard vaccinations among pediatric transplant patients is the focus of Dr. Feldman’s research. She is currently in the third year of a five-year K08 Career Development Award from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality entitled Improving Immunization Rates in Transplant Candidates Through the Use of a Health Information Technology Tool. Dr. Allison Kempe, director of ACCORDS, and Dr. Ronald Sokol, Chief of the Section of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition, serve as her primary co-mentors.


Author Laura Veith - ACCORDS Writer | Publish Date January 24, 2022
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Research    Community    Brain and Spinal Cancer   

Stakeholder and community engagement in brain tumor research

For lower-grade glioma brain tumors, there have been almost no advances in treatment in nearly 30 years. One of the contributing factors to this staggering fact is, of course, a lack of research understanding how these slow-growing tumors progress.

Researchers from ACCORDS are part of a three-center study called the OPTIMUM Project that is addressing this lack of research in lower-grade gliomas. The research teams are investigating the molecular evolution of lower-grade gliomas (astrocytomas and oligodendrogliomas), slow-growing but malignant brain tumors that primarily affect young adults. Partners from the University of Colorado (CU), Yale University, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and The Jackson Laboratory recently received a $13 million, four-year center grant from the National Cancer Institute to enhance participation in the Low-Grade Glioma Registry.


Author Laura Veith - ACCORDS Writer | Publish Date December 07, 2021
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Patient Care    COVID-19    Health equity   

COVID’s impact on caring for patients with disabilities

For so many of us, life slowed down with COVID-19. The limitation of not gathering in person extracted most of our social commitments and daily rhythms. However, for Dr. Megan Morris, things have only sped up in the last two years.


Author Laura Veith - ACCORDS Writer | Publish Date November 10, 2021
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Research    Patient Care    Breast Cancer    Women's Health

When should women get screened for breast cancer?

We like to think that we make logical decisions, especially in situations when all the relevant information is not just available...but given to us. However, social psychologist Dr. Laura Scherer knows that this is not the case. She knows that in certain circumstances, we do not make logical, rational decisions based on data, and she wants to know why.


Author Laura Veith - ACCORDS Writer | Publish Date October 12, 2021
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Research    Community    COVID-19   

Harnessing community voices to bolster COVID-19 vaccinations

We are more likely to trust a familiar voice.

The New York Times published a dialect quiz that, by offering users a series of multiple-choice options of everyday life phrases and names, could pinpoint the exact U.S. region a quiz taker was from. Each of us comes from a community with its own dialect—how we talk is unique to not just our state, but our region, county, city, and even neighborhood.


Author Laura Veith - ACCORDS Writer | Publish Date September 06, 2021
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Research    Press Releases    Community    Public Health    Asthma

Helping disadvantaged kids breathe better

In 2005, Dr. Stanley Szefler began a project in the way many ACCORDS members do—out of a desire to make research impactful. While working in pediatrics at National Jewish Health, Szefler felt there needed to be a program to give back to the community. “So often in research, we do studies and invite patients to participate, and they benefit from the studies… but I wanted to give something back to the community on a larger scale, which gave way to this idea,” says Szefler.


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Research    Press Releases    Public Health    Health Sciences

Increasing the Impact of Research: ACCORDS’ Dissemination & Implementation Science Program at CU Anschutz

There is a strong thread that ties every core or program within ACCORDS together. While each team addresses research in one facet or another, their disciplines span a wide range of academic specialties, some with almost no visible relation to one another. But the primary goal that unifies each member of ACCORDS, and truly, the entire CU Anschutz community, is the desire to improve people’s lives through scientific research and practice.


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Research    Patient Care   

Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Treatment Spurs CU Anschutz-Led Collaboration on Patient Decision-Making

How well-informed are patients? Before they make a major medical decision, do they know the impacts of that decision? How can healthcare providers improve a patient’s understanding of their condition, treatment options, and the benefits and risks of the medical decision before them?


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Research    Patient Care    Public Health    Vaccinations

Validating Vaccines

The percentage of parents who refuse all vaccines for their children is small, roughly about 3%. There is, however, an increasing number of parents who refuse or want to defer individual vaccines or use an immunization schedule for their child that is not recommended. That’s according to Children’s Hospital Colorado’s primary care pediatrician and health services researcher Allison Kempe, MD, MPH, and pediatric infectious disease specialist Sean O’Leary, MD, MPH, who’ve been working on vaccine research related to hesitancy for over two decades.

Together with Children’s Colorado, the Anschutz Medical Campus, and a myriad of local, regional and national organizations, Drs. Kempe and O’Leary are using their research to educate parents and inform providers on how best to address a debate that, at least according to nearly everyone in the medical community, really shouldn’t exist — but does.


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Research    Press Releases    Education

ACCORDS Hosts International Conference on Pragmatic Research in Health

In 2020, the Adult and Child Consortium for Health Outcomes Research and Delivery Science (ACCORDS) education program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, was awarded a three-year conference grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). After successfully offering the first online conference in August 2020, ACCORDS, and co-sponsor Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI), will virtually offer the second virtual Colorado Pragmatic Research in Health Conference (COPRH Con) on May 24-26, 2021. CU Anschutz employees and CCTSI members from affiliated institutions can attend this year’s conference for free.


Author Katie Klossner | Publish Date April 01, 2021
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Research    Community    Publications

Improving Healthy Behaviors in Primary Care

Jodi Summers Holtrop, PhD, MCHES, Associate Program Director and Senior Implementation Scientist of the ACCORDS Dissemination and Implementation Research Program, has a program of research in the area of improving healthy behaviors in primary care. One goal of her research is to help patients get help with achieving a healthy weight from their own primary care doctor’s office. 


Author ACCORDS D&I Science Program | Publish Date February 18, 2021
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ACCORDS In the News

The New England Journal of Medicine

Learning to Say Goodbye

news outletThe New England Journal of Medicine
Publish DateMay 13, 2024

James Feinstein, MD, MPH, writes a tribute to his mentor, the late Steve Berman, MD.

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Medscape

Nontraditional Risk Factors Play an Outsized Role in Young Adult Stroke Risk

news outletMedscape
Publish DateApril 11, 2024

"The younger they are at the time of stroke, the more likely their stroke is due to a nontraditional risk factor," lead author Michelle Leppert, MD, said in a news release.

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The New England Journal of Medicine

The Risks of Normalizing Parental Vaccine Hesitancy

news outletThe New England Journal of Medicine
Publish DateApril 11, 2024

"Most parents in the United States don’t hesitate to have their children receive routine childhood vaccines. Suggesting otherwise is potentially harmful," says David M. Higgins, MD, MPH and Sean O'Leary, MD, MPH.

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Denver 7

Westminster woman’s liver donation intended for sister saves life of stranger

news outletDenver 7
Publish DateApril 11, 2024

“We are the leader in the country for pediatric living donor liver transplant," said Amy Feldman, MD. “Because we offer living donations, we're able to bring our waitlist times way down. So for children, the national average for a liver is to wait about eight months. Here at Children's Hospital Colorado, our average wait time is two months.”

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