The Center for Health Services Research is pleased to announce the release of CHSR Annual Report 2016. The report highlights continued accomplishments and endeavors of our faculty as we focus on expanding our research to bridge the gap between evidence and real-world practice.
We are deeply grateful for the generosity of our funders, donors, partners and sponsors!
The Qualitative Research Core is a research methodological core directed by Dr. David Schlundt, Associate Professor of Psychology at Vanderbilt University.  The Core offers consultation, facilitation, and direct services that support investigators planning to conduct qualitative or mixed method studies.
Over the past year the Qualitative Research Core has assisted over 50 principle investigators in study design, implementation, and analysis. We have conducted numerous structured and semi-structured interviews, web-based collection of qualitative data, direct observation of behavior, and focus groups. In addition, we have also assisted with many IRB applications, consenting and incenting protocols, and provided training for focus group moderators and interviewers.
This year has been an exciting year for the Qualitative Research Core. The core was involved in the pilot study program for the Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program funded by the National Institutes of Health.  For the pilot study, we conducted cognitive interviews and data analysis, to ensure that initial materials completed by the future Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort participants are appropriate in language, structure, and cultural sensitivity. The core focused on employing qualitative methods to pretest survey content to ensure optimal utilization in the future Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort. For more information, contact Kemberlee Bonnet
Tom Elasy, MD receives 5 year renewal of Center for Diabetes Translation Research (CDTR)
The Center for Diabetes Translation Research was renewed in September 2016. With this renewal award, Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Meharry Medical College investigators will continue their work in bridging the gap between evidence and real-world practice by building on the success in translation research through the Vanderbilt CDTR.
Heather Limper, PhD, MPH, current Vice Chair to become Chair of the Education Committee for American College of Epidemiology in September 2017!

The Center for Asthma Research welcomes Christian Lynch, MPH as Director of Research Programs
Christian is relocating to Vanderbilt from the University of Arkansas where she has been directing research programs for more than 15 years.  
Christian Lynch received her MPH in Health Behavior Health Education from the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She brings a wealth of experience having been involved with the coordination and implementation of research studies focused on maternal-child health, including working with electronic health records, claims data, mobile technologies, and prospective study implementation in the community, in schools and in prisons. Her current research interests include evaluating the effects of maternal distress in the intrauterine environment and how this relationship impacts the risk for infant and child onset of chronic conditions. Mrs. Lynch lives in Nashville with her husband and her whippet, Zooey. She recently moved to Nashville for her love of all things equestrian, the great music and the opportunity to further her growth and passion in the field of medical research.  
Welcome Christian!
Nitin Jain, M.D., MSPH, associate professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Orthopaedics, has been awarded a $7.5 million contract to determine whether surgery or non-operative therapy works better for a common age-related injury that costs the health care systems billions of dollars-rotator cuff tears.
Dr. Wes Ely presented on “The Science, Why, and What of ICU Liberation and the ABCDEF Bundle for Patients and Families” at the Hawaii SCCM 2017 Plenary on ICU LIBERATION ABCDEF and PICS in January 2017.
The Center for Health Services Research is excited to start a new tradition of bringing our group together to volunteer and support community activities across Nashville. This is a great opportunity for faculty and staff affiliated with our Center to get together, and help the Nashville Community. Family members are welcome!
For our first activity, we will be volunteering at the Second Harvest Food BankPlease join us to give back to our community! Please let us know if you can Join the HSR Team on May 13th, from 1-4pm.
Upcoming Events!
5/9/17   "Not Another PowerPoint: Blended Learning and Flipped Classroom Technology" Speaker: Merritt Chandler, BA, PHR, Instructional Designer, MCE 8380-B Time:2-4 pm

5/10/17   Pre 3 Initiative seminar: "Differential Regulation of Fetal and Maternal HDL Small RNAs in Gestational Diabetes Mellitus"  Speaker: Kasey C. Vickers, Ph.D. A-2200 MCN,  2pm

5/11/17   Medicine Grand Rounds: Samuel S. Riven Visiting Professorship - "Explorations of Inner Self: The Human Microbiome in Health and Disease." Speaker: David A. Relman, M.D. 

5/23/17   "Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods for Medical Education- Part 1" Speaker: David Schlundt, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology. Location: 415 A-B Light Hall Time: 2-4 pm

5/24/17   Division Grand RoundsThe Primary Care of Athletes - Ashley Karpinos, M.D. 

5/25/17   Medicine Grand Rounds: The Oscar Crofford Lectureship - "The Future of T1DM Management: From DCCT/EDIC and Beyond." Speaker: Bernard Zinman, C.M., M.D., F.R.C.P.C., F.A.C.P.

6/13/2017   "Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods for Medical Education- Part 2". Speaker: David Schlundt, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology, 415 A-B Light Hall, 2-4 pm.
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