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Public Health Studies

Active Projects

Clinical Associate Effect on the Public Health System of the Eastern Cape, South Africa

Funding Agency: American International Health Alliance

Clinical Associates (CA’s) are the South African version of Physician Assistants in the United States.  The role of the CA was recently recognized by the South African Health Professions Council and Walter Sisulu University in Mthatha, South Africa was the first medical school in the country to graduate a class of CA’s in December 2010.  A partnership has been developed between the University of Colorado and Walter Sisulu University to build capacity of the CA program in South Africa.  Active projects involve developing a feedback loop for curriculum development from recent graduates, assessing community and provider attitudes and perceptions to the new role of the CA, and assessing the effect introduction of CA’s have on patient transfers for emergent conditions.


Clinical Evaluation of Alcohol Intoxication in Pediatric Populations

This project will attempt to establish guidelines for the observation and management of children presenting with concern for alcohol intoxication by understanding the differences in metabolism of alcohol and determination of clinical sobriety in children.


Epidemiology and Inpatient Management of Patients Hospitalized for Acute Asthma: 37th Multicenter Airway Research Collaboration (MARC-37) Study

Funding Agency: Massachusetts General Hospital via Novartis Pharmaceuticals

This is a multi-site chart review project examining patients hospitalized with acute asthma in 25 hospitals across the United States.

 

Completed Projects
 

Smoking Intervention with Trauma Patients

Interviewing the Interviewers: Re-Assessment of a Quality Improvement Project for the SBIRT Program at Denver Health

Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment Program (part of SBIRT Colorado)

Resource Allocation in the Public Health System of the Western Cape, South Africa

Denver Health

Emergency Medicine Research