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Developing a Research Agenda to Prevent and Control CVD in Central Appalachia

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Research Agenda to Prevent & Control CVD

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A Research Team at East Tennessee State University is
“Developing a Research Agenda to Prevent and Control CVD in Central Appalachia”

Johnson City, Tennessee (October 1, 2017) – Dr. Hadii Mamudu, Associate Professor in the Department of Health Services Management and Policy in East Tennessee State University’s College of Public Health, received a $250,000 funding contract from the Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards program, an initiative of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). 

Part of a portfolio of PCORI-funded projects that help develop a community of patients and other healthcare stakeholders who have the knowledge, skills and partnerships to participate in and advance patient-centered outcomes research and patient-centered comparative effectiveness research, “‘Developing a Research Agenda to Prevent and Control CVD in Central Appalachia’ was selected for PCORI Engagement Award funding for its commitment to improving the capacity for patients and other stakeholders to engage in patient-centered research and its potential to increase the usefulness and trustworthiness of the research PCORI funds,” said Jean Slutsky, PCORI’s Chief Engagement and Dissemination Officer. “We look forward to following the project’s progress and working with Dr. Mamudu at ETSU’s Department of Health Services Management and Policy in the College of Public Health to share the results.” 

Dr. Mamudu, Associate Professor in the Department of Health Services Management and Policy in the College of Public Health, will lead the engagement project team, which includes Dr. Mary Ann Littleton, Associate Professor in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health; Dr. Liang Wang, Associate Professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology; and Ginny Kidwell of the Tennessee Institute of Public Health.  Collaborators outside of the college include Dr. Timir Paul of East Tennessee State University Cardiology Services and the Quillen College of Medicine; Rob Gregory of Karing Hearts Cardiology, Lynn Frierson of Mended Hearts, and Vicki Casenburg of Cumberland Marketing, Inc.  

This project focuses on creating a patient-centered and population-based cardiovascular health management research agenda for Central Appalachia. Utilizing comparative effectiveness research frameworks and methods for improving cardiovascular health outcomes, the project’s longer-term goal is to implement this agenda thereby reducing the prevalence of cardiovascular disease and its risk factors in Central Appalachia. 

Dr. Mamudu’s project and the other projects approved for funding by the PCORI Engagement Award Program were selected through a highly competitive review process in which applications were assessed for their ability to meet PCORI’s engagement goals and objectives, as well as program criteria. For more information about PCORI’s funding to support engagement efforts, visit the PCORI's website

PCORI is an independent, non-profit organization authorized by Congress in 2010 to fund comparative effectiveness research that will provide patients, their caregivers, and clinicians with the evidence needed to make better-informed health and healthcare decisions. PCORI is committed to seeking input from a broad range of stakeholders to guide its work.

ETSU researchers working to address cardiovascular disease through new project 

JOHNSON CITY – Efforts are underway across the region to engage community members in developing a research agenda to address cardiovascular disease (CVD) in the Central Appalachian region. This region includes 228 counties in Kentucky, Ohio, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. 

Funding for the project, secured by Dr. Hadii Mamudu, an associate professor in East Tennessee State University’s College of Public Health, is being provided by the Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards program, an initiative of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).  The $250,000 award will fund two years of community engagement and agenda development efforts in the region. 

Mamudu leads the project team, which includes Dr. Timir Paul, an assistant professor from ETSU Cardiology Services and the Quillen College of Medicine; College of Public Health associate professors Drs. Liang Wang and Mary Ann Littleton; Ginny Kidwell and Kris Bowers, from the Tennessee Institute of Public Health; and Amy Poole in the College of Public Health. Other collaborators include Rob Gregory from Karing Hearts Cardiology, Lynn Frierson and Carl Voigt from Mended Hearts CVD-patient Advocacy Group, and Vicki Casenberg from Cumberland Marketing, Inc.  

The goal of the project is to provide a forum where patients, caregivers, and community stakeholders guide the conversation about strategies to reduce cardiovascular disease and its risk factors in the region. The team is conducting group discussions and interviews within this community, with the priorities that emerge informing the topics covered during the CVD Appalachia Conference to be held at the Millennium Centre in August.  

Patients, caregivers, health care providers, public health professionals, policymakers and other stakeholders are joining in the collaboration. Visit www.etsu.edu/cvdappalachia to find out more about how to get involved. Click on the links to register for this free conference or to submit an abstract for consideration for the Poster Presentations session. 

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