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Delaware INBRE Projects, 2020.  CCRS, as part of the Delaware IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) Centralized Research Service Network is collaborating on three INBRE Core Access Award projects:

Analysis of Socioeconomic Disparities in the Impact of Point of Sale Tobacco Advertising

The goal of this research is to assess the impact of Point of Sale Tobacco (POST) advertising on health outcomes in the state of Delaware.  Medicaid encounter and claims data will be combined with previously developed methodology that uses artificial intelligence and large-scale street-level image data from Google StreetView to geolocate POST advertising. POST advertising will be spatially correlated with relative rates of tobacco-related health problems while controlling for external factors. 

Principal Investigator:  Gregory Dobler, PhD, Assistant Professor.  Co-Investigators:  Federica Bianco, PhD, Assistant Professor; Stephen Metraux, PhD, Associate Professor & CCCRS Director; Mary Joan McDuffie, MA, Policy Scientist & Medicaid Research Program Director; Erin Lynch, MS, Policy Scientist.

Association between High Risk Treatment Regimens and Hypoglycemia among Medicaid patients with Diabetes

The goals of this project are to generate data regarding the association between specific diabetes treatment regimens and the risk of hypoglycemia among patients with Medicaid and to examine whether neighborhood characteristics modify the effect of treatment regimens in this patient population. This data will inform management strategies of patients with social risk factors and diabetes with the goal of improving diabetes outcomes among low-income patients in Delaware.

Principal Investigator:  Jennifer N. Goldstein, MD, MSc, Program Director, Clinical Research Education, Christiana Care Health System.  Co-Investigators: Katie Gifford, PhD, Policy Scientist, Mary Joan McDuffie, MA, Policy Scientist & Medicaid Research Program Director; Erin Lynch, MS, Policy Scientist.

The Impact of Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative on Healthcare Utilization in Delaware

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Children's Fund (UNICEF) initiated the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative to create positive environments to enhance breastfeeding attitudes and experiences for mothers and babies. Hospitals gain this designation by implementing the WHO Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding. While breastfeeding has been shown to positively impact infant health outcomes and becoming Baby Friendly is economically cost neutral, little evidence has shown the effect of Baby Friendly practices on early infant health outcomes.  The goal of this research is to estimate healthcare utilization before and after the implementation of the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative at hospitals in the state of Delaware.

Principal Investigator:  David Paul, MD, Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Christiana Care Health System.   Co-Investigators:  Cecelia Harrison, MPH, Research Associate, Christiana Care Health System; Mia Papas, PhD MPH, Corporate Director, Christiana Care Health System.  CCRS research team: Mary Joan McDuffie, MA, Policy Scientist & Medicaid Research Program Director; Erin Lynch, MS, Policy Scientist.

Delaware INBRE is supported by the Institutional Development Award (IDeA) from the National Institute of Health's National Institute of General Medical Sciences under grant number P20GM103446.


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Evaluation of the Del-CAN Program, 2016 2021: Researchers in the University of Delaware Center for Community Research and Service, Center for Drug and Health Studies and Department of Sociology are partnering with researchers at the University of Maryland, College Park on a systematic, mixed-methods evaluation of the Delaware Contraceptive Access Now (DEL-CAN) intervention which aims to reduce unintended pregnancies, reduce Medicaid costs for unintended pregnancies, and support policy development that enables contraceptive access to all women who desire it. The evaluation is designed to understand the DEL-CAN Plans effectiveness and cost-effectiveness, and to derive lessons about mechanisms leading to initial and sustained impacts in Delaware, and to impacts that are generalizable to other states. A five-year evaluation period, 2016 to 2021, is planned and the use of Medicaid transactions data will play an important part in the project. 

A copy of Governor Markell's Op Ed is available here: What States Can Do on Birth Control - The New York Times.pdf

Please see a recent Udaily article about the project.

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CCRS DEL-CAN Research Team

Erin K. Knight, PhD, MPH, Associate Director and Assistant Professor

Mary Joan McDuffie, MA, Policy Scientist and Medicaid Research Program Director

Katie Gifford, PhD, Policy Scientist

Rebecca McColl, MPA, Policy Scientist

Theresa Vanderloo, BA, Sponsored Programs Coordinator

Hira Rashid, MA, Graduate Research Associate

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Delaware Homeless: INBRE grant (Award # P20GM103446) to support research into identifying Medicaid clients in Delaware who are homeless or experiencing housing instability, and to investigate the healthcare utilization of these vulnerable clients.  A collaboration with Dr. Navin Vij, Christiana Care Value Institute  and Dr. Elizabeth Brown,  Delaware Medicaid and Medical Assistance Division.  This exploratory study seeks to assess the utility of International Classification of Diseases codes that indicate homelessness and housing instability.  

CCRS Research team:

Stephen Metraux, PhD, Director

Mary Joan McDuffie, MA, Policy Scientist and Medicaid Research Program Director

Katie Gifford, PhD, Policy Scientist

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Opioid Research:  CCRS is involved in two projects focused on measuring opioid metrics within Delaware.  The first project is a multi-state collaboration lead by AcademyHealth State University Partnership Learning Network (SUPLN) using a distributed research network (DRN) model.  In all participating states, the Medicaid Medical Director participates in the steering committee which defines appropriate metrics.

CCRS is also involved with providing opioid metrics to the Delaware Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance (DMMA).

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CCRS Research Team

Mary Joan McDuffie, MA, Policy Scientist and Medicaid Research Program Director

Katie Gifford, PhD, Policy Scientist

Erin Lynch, MS, Policy Scientist


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