Current Projects (As Collaborator)

Health Enterprise Zone (PI: Ross S)
Prof. Mullins is collaborating with the West Baltimore Primary Care Access Collaborative (WBPCAC) on the recently state-awarded Health Enterprise Zone (HEZ) project coordinated by the Maryland Community Health Resources Commission (CHRC). To assure success, an evaluation of the collective impact of the WBPCAC HEZ on member institutions is incorporated in the evaluation plan. Prof. Mullins will be leading a team of program evaluation experts to provide monitoring and evaluation oversight for the project aims.

REPORT: Coverage on HEZ from The Baltimore Sun
Solving the state’s health disparities

More information on this project may be found on the official website here.

Information on the Maryland statewide initiative may be found on the official website here.

 

Maryland Health Care for All! Coalition (PI: DeMarco V)

Recently, the state created a new system to motivate your local hospital to work more closely with all the other care providers in your community. The goal is to make the whole system work better for you and your family. In its role in protecting the public’s interest, the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission (an independent state agency) is helping providers to adjust to this new model and is working with hospitals to ensure high quality care.

The activities contracted to University of Maryland will employ the expertise of Professor C. Daniel Mullins, a nationally-recognized expert in community-based program evaluation, health disparities, patient- centered research, and health economics. Professor Mullins (with assistance from Lynn Disney, Hillary Edwards and Corliss Heath from UMB) will oversee the overall FCHN Project Internal Evaluation activities, including provision of oversight and technical assistance for Reporting, Progress Monitoring, Program Management and Guidance.

The University of Maryland will provide scientific consultation to the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative Education Fund, Inc. (MCHI) to evaluate the impact, effectiveness, and efficiency of a 2 year pilot of the FCHN at LifeBridge Health hospitals including Carroll Hospital Center, Northwest Hospital and Sinai Hospital. The FCHN aims to build collaboration across hospitals and trained faith community partners, to positively impact health outcomes of ailing congregants and community members and support achievement of the goals of Maryland’s unique all-payer waiver.

 

Pragmatic Randomized Trial of Proton vs. Photon Therapy for Patients with Non-Metastatic Breast Cancer Receiving Comprehensive Nodal Radiation: A Radiotherapy Comparative Effectiveness (RADCOMP) Trial (PI: Bekelman J)

The PATIENTS Program is working with University of Pennsylvania to incorporate patient and other stakeholder voices in the design and implementation of a clinical trial. This five-year, PCORI-funded, $11.8 million pragmatic randomized trial compares two forms of radiation therapy (PRoton versus PHoton therapy) in patients with breast cancer. The primary outcome is major cardiovascular events, since radiation therapy aimed at breast tissue can hit other neighboring organs, such as the heart. Other outcomes include cancer control and health-related quality of life.

The PATIENTS Program’s role in this trial is to lead patient and stakeholder engagement activities, to ultimately ensure that patient and stakeholder opinions shape how the trial is performed. We have already identified and recruited a Stakeholder Advisory Committee of stakeholders, including patients, patient advocacy groups, payers, federal agencies, and physician groups. These advisors give feedback on recruitment and retention strategies, outcomes the trial should measure, and how to disseminate result findings in a meaningful way to patients and other stakeholders.

 

Engaging Caregivers Across the Lifespan: Activating Communities to Become Partners in Health Research (PI: dosReis S)

The purpose of this contract is to: 1) Identify treatment priorities around care management decisions; 2) Identify gaps in delivery of services or interventions that could be most effective; 3) Identify meaningful outcomes for caregivers, care recipients and families; 4) Disseminate information that improves decision making among caregivers and care recipients.

These goals will be achieved by employing the following approaches to engage the voice of caregivers in different ways: as active partners on the research advisory team; as active participants in the research study; as contributors to the materials for dissemination; as end users of dissemination materials.

As a result, this project will give back to the community by engaging caregiver and patient investigators to give families a voice in research, as well as generate information that will be useful to other caregivers, clinical providers, consumer organizations, and state agencies.