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Department of

Family and Community Medicine

Current Research Projects

ECHO Telementoring for Chronic Pain & Epilepsy/Neurology

Key Personnel: Susie McDonald, MA (Program Manager), Daniel Hargraves, MSW, & Sarah Brubaker, BA

Funding Agencies: AHEC, Anthem, Epilepsy Foundation, & Pfizer

The aim of this program is to diffuse knowledge and amplify the capacity to provide best practice care for underserved people across the region through Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) telementoring clinics on chronic pain and epilepsy/neurology.

For further information, please contact: Susie McDonald

EMPOWER: Evaluating the ability to reduce Morphine equivalent dose for chronic Pain patients receiving Opioid-therapy through a Web-based E-health self-management program: a Randomized multi-site clinical trial in primary care

Key Personnel: Theresa Winhusen, PhD (Principal Investigator), Chris White, MD, JD, MHA (UC Site Investigator), Rowena Dolor, MD (Duke Primary Care Site Investigator), & Mary Beth Vonder Meulen, RN, CCRC (UC Research Site Coordinator)

Funding Agency: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

To compare the effectiveness of a web-based Chronic Pain Management Program (e-Health) to Treatment as Usual (TAU) on reducing opioid dosage and pain scores in primary care patients with chronic pain, currently taking chronic opioid medications. 

For further information, please contact: Mary Beth Vonder Meulen

Mind-Body Skills Course

Principal Investigator: Sian Cotton, PhD

Funding Agency: Interact for Health; Provost’s Office

The Student Mindfulness Program at the University of Cincinnati (UC) aims to reduce stress and burnout and enhance mental and emotional well-being for students by offering a course that combines training in mind-body skills with group support that leads to enhanced self-care. These mind-body skills training groups provide students with the resources to adaptively deal with stressors, which in turn, may lead to improved overall well-being, empathy and ultimately, improved patient care and healthier balanced professionals. The Mind-Body Skills course is offered to students in the Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Allied Health, Law, DAAP, CCM, and Arts & Sciences.

For further information, please contact: Susie McDonald

Ohio Cardiovascular Health Collaborative (OCHC)

Principal Investigator: Michael Holliday, MD

Funding Agency: Ohio Department of Medicaid, Government Resource Center

 The OCHC will aggregate and disseminate best practices for care in cardiovascular disease (CVD). Case Western Reserve University serves as the lead institution  to assist in preparing Medicaid providers in Ohio to address the social determinants of health and improve health outcomes for our most vulnerable populations, specifically those diagnosed with hypertension and other CVDs.

The project will create a repository through web presence to share best practice resources. Project deliverables include implementing education for standardizing CVD care in primary care practices with interprofessional care providers. Teleconferencing will also play a role in disseminating modules, using existing resources such as Project ECHO.

For further information, please contact: Michael Holliday, MD

Primary Care Training and Enhancement (PCTE)

Key Personnel: Jeff Schlaudecker, MD, MEd (Principal Investigator), Megan Rich, MD (Program Manager and Faculty Scholar), Anna Goroncy, MD (Faculty Scholar), Reid Hartmann, MD (Faculty Scholar), Saundra Regan, PhD (Lead Evaluator), Chris White, MD, JD, MHA (Faculty Physician), & Keesha Goodnow, BAE (Program Coordinator)

Funding Agency: Health Resources and Services Administration

The Primary Care Training and Enhancement program aims to strengthen the primary care workforce by supporting enhanced training for future primary care physicians and geriatric fellows to become ‘change agents’ to lead and inspire healthcare transformation in their practices.  The grant supports professional development to establish a core group of faculty scholars with certificates and Masters in Education, focusing on teaching and learning theory and practice enabling our faculty to improve their curricula and teaching methodologies.  A Longitudinal Health Transformation Curricula was developed and implemented in six key content areas:  Social Determinants of Health, Home-Based Primary Care, Medication-Assisted Treatment, Quality Improvement, Effective Communication, and Patient and Family Advisory Councils.  Establishing partnerships with community practices serving vulnerable populations was a core tenet of our grant.  The grant outreach extends to community partner underserved sites, allowing for greater teaching and impact.

For further information, please contact: Keesha Goodnow

Virtual Reality Simulation and Social Determinants of Health: A High-Tech Strategy to Improve Health Outcomes

Key Personnel: Sue Brammer, PhD, RN (Principal Investigator), Saundra Regan, PhD (Co-Investigator), Chris Collins, BA (Senior IT Manager)

Funding Agency: Ohio Department of Medicaid, Government Resource Center 

The aim of this study is to raise participants’ awareness and knowledge on social determinants of health (SDH) and how it can impede the ability to connect with patients on a holistic level through virtual reality (VR) simulations. SDH controls the success of patient outcomes, yet isn’t incorporated into provider curriculum. VR is an effective, validated way of providing experiential learning for attitude change in regards to SDH. The simulations offer providers a chance to experience the daily challenges of patients beyond the symptoms of their illnesses and to see how those challenges impact health care, such as unstable housing, exposure to crime, and social isolation.

For further information, please contact: Saundra Regan


Saundra Regan, PhD

Research Division Director

For More Information:

Program Coordinator
Sarah Brubaker
University of Cincinnati Dept. of Family and Community Medicine
Research Division
MSB,  ML 0582, Room 4455
231 Albert Sabin Way
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0582