Grant Title: UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH HRSA NRSA T32 PRIMARY CARE RESEARCH TRAINING GRANT
Needs Addressed: U.S. health care costs are the highest in the world, but U.S. health care quality and access is ranked amongst the lowest of industrialized countries. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) aims to address some of these issues. As primary care is central to the ACA, well trained primary health care researchers are in the unique position to study and implement changes to address issues of health care quality, population health and health care costs. There is a great need for highly-trained, creative and motivated diverse interprofessional primary health care researchers to address the health goals of nation as outlined in Healthy People 2020. Program Approach and Objectives: We will prepare a diverse interprofessional group of Primary Health Care Research Fellows with the skills, passion and commitment to conduct research that significantly impacts the nation’s primary health care research agenda. We will achieve this through the following measurable objectives: (1) Recruit highly qualified, diverse, individuals in the areas of primary care medicine (MD, DO or equivalent in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, or Pediatrics) and research doctorate trained fellows (PhD, ScD, PsyD, PharmD or equivalent) who are committed to a career in primary health care research. (2) Train the fellows in rigorous research methods and the ethical conduct of research to address primary health care relevant research questions. (3) Guide fellows through mentored research experiences from conceptualization to completion, and dissemination that includes translating their research for relevance to practice and policy. (4) Build the fellows’ skills in grant writing, leadership and team science to prepare them to excel as independent researchers and future leaders in primary health care research. Methodology/Evaluation: We will collaboratively train 5 diverse fellows each year to pursue research careers that address the nation’s primary health research agenda. Fellows complete a 2-3 year program. Fellows without prior research training complete a Master of Science in Clinical Research while those with prior research training complete select graduate level courses. All fellows conduct a mentored clinical research project, present project progress at University and national meetings, prepare research grant proposals, and participate in professional development seminars and training in research, health disparities, quality of care, population health, cost effectiveness, leadership and professionalism. Overall program effectiveness and individual fellow’s progress and productivity will be evaluated using a new tool, the Individualized Training Plan, and qualitative and quantitative measures. The program’s process and outcomes will be evaluated via survey and focus group feedback from fellows; session and coursework feedback; annual program evaluation with our Advisory Board; and, most importantly, activities of program completers (positions held, employing institutions, research involvement, proportion of time devoted to research, grant funding, publications, presentations, and other major accomplishments), particularly as they relate to improving quality of care, improving population health, and reducing health care cost.
Date Award Begins:7/1/2011
Date Award Ends: 6/30/2021
Source of Funding:Heatlh Resources and Services Administration
Types of Trainees:Postdoctoral