Faculty from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications (CoJMC) have been awarded a $20,000 System Science Planning grant from the University of Nebraska for a project titled “A health system level approach to integrate weight management, obesity care coordination, patient engagement and clinical trial recruitment.”
An interdisciplinary team of researchers will be led by CoJMC’s Dr. Changmin Yan. Joining him on the project will be CoJMC’s Drs. Adam Wagler, Michael Hanus and Bryan Wang. The team will also include include faculty from UNMC’s Research Information Technology Office (Dr. Ashok Mudgapalli), Center for Collaboration on Research Design and Analysis (Drs. Jane Meza and Christopher Wichman), Center for Reducing Health Disparities (Dr. Dejun Su), Electronic Health Records Data Access Core (Dr. James McClay), and Department of Health Promotion (Drs. Paul Estabrooks and Jennie Hill) and UNK’s Physical Activity and Wellness Lab (Dr. Kate Heelan).
The team will take a health system level approach to integrate various resources and services to improve efficiency and effectiveness of overweight/obesity patient care within Nebraska Medicine’s Epic population health information system and to promote patient engagement and clinical trial recruitment through media outside of the patient care environment.
“The use of cutting-edge communication techniques to improve health and healthcare in Nebraska is a growing area of research,” said Amy Struthers, CoJMC interim dean. “We are enormously proud of Drs. Yan, Hanus, Wagler and Wang for their continued work in this area of important research at Nebraska.”