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Laura Veith - ACCORDS Writer

Laura Veith - ACCORDS Writer

Research    mHealth

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

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Moderna seeks FDA authorization of Covid vaccine for kids under 6

news outletYahoo News
Publish DateApril 28, 2022

A vaccine will be an important tool for this age group because vaccination has been shown "to provide more protection than natural infection," said ACCORDS Dr. Sean O’Leary, vice-chair of the Committee on Infectious Diseases for the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Healthy Kids: Growing vaping concerns spark continued legislation efforts in Colorado

news outletKRDO
Publish DateApril 27, 2022

"Anytime you are inhaling chemicals into your lungs and the nicotine the chemicals involved in the vape smoke itself you can get inflammation, have changes in the way the lungs or heart function and some of that can be rapid changes, says Dr. Heather De Keyser. "We've seen kids come into the hospital with severe lung disease immediately, but we've also had some concerns that this may lead to long-term changes."

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CU Anschutz News

CU Anschutz Researchers Team Up to Bolster the Health of Americans With Disabilities

news outletCU Anschutz News
Publish DateApril 25, 2022

This mandate for joint responsibility in care is upheld by Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which requires that hospitals have staff responsible for making accommodations for patients with disability. ACCORDS Megan Morris, PhD, MPH, CCC-SLP, associate professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine in CU’s Department of Medicine, has spent the greater part of three years facilitating a working group for these staff.

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COVID-19 Risks for Kids Under 5 Right Now: What Parents Should Know

news outletTIME
Publish DateApril 25, 2022

According to Dr. Sean O’Leary, vice-chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics committee on infectious disease, babies under 6 months tend to be at higher risk for respiratory illnesses, and children with preexisting conditions, such as chronic lung disease, may be more vulnerable than healthy children.

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