Ohio Practice-Based Research Festival 2.0: The growing intersection of primary care & public health

Saturday, December 7, 2013 | 8:00am – 3:00pm

Embassy Suites Cleveland

5800 Rockside Woods Blvd

Independence, Ohio 44131


Practice-based research networks are organizations of community practices that collaborate with academic and community partners to facilitate scientific discovery. For nearly two decades, hundreds of Northeast Ohio health care providers have conducted ground-breaking research through participation in practice-based research networks. 

We invite clinicians, investigators, practice staff, and volunteers from medical and community settings to join us for this one-day festival, celebrating what our community is learning through practice-based research. This is an opportunity to share your research ideas, disseminate your research findings, get input from others, learn about funding opportunities, develop your ideas, and build collaborations for future research endeavors.



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Theodore Wymyslo, MD, FAAFP
Director, Ohio Department of Health
Dr. Ted Wymyslo has worked in the field of primary health care as a family physician, administrator and educator for over 30 years. Prior to becoming the director of the Ohio Department of Health in February of 2011, Dr. Wymyslo served as director of Family Medicine Dayton, a Patient-Centered Medical Home initiative. A graduate of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Dr. Wymyslo completed the Family Practice Residency Program at Mount Carmel Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. Upon graduation, he entered private practice and then served as medical director of the East Dayton Health Center in Dayton, Ohio. From 1986 to 2008, he served both as program director of the Miami Valley Hospital Family Practice Residency Program and medical director of the Miami Valley Hospital Berry Family Health Center. He is also an associate clinical professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. Dr. Wymyslo was the first recipient of the Miami Valley Academy of Family Physicians Family Physician of the Year Award in 2001. He received the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians Philanthropist of the Year Award and Distinguished Service Award in 2002, the American Academy of Family Physicians Philanthropist of the Year Award in 2003, the AMA Foundation’s 2006 Pride in the Profession Award, the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians Torchlight Leadership Achievement Award in 2009, and the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians Friend of Family Medicine Award in 2013.

Terry Allan, MPH
Cuyahoga County Health Commissioner
Terry Allan has served area residents for 24 years in the public health field with a background that includes direct program and administrative experience in Environmental Health, Epidemiology and Surveillance, and Community Health. Cuyahoga County's Health Commissioner since 2004, Mr. Allan earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Bowling Green State University and his Master of Public Health degree from the University of Hawaii. An adjunct faculty member at Case Western Reserve University's School of Medicine, he also co-chaired the Health and Caring Investment Committee for the United Way of Greater Cleveland from 2005-2007.

Cathy Costello, JD
Director, REC Services, Ohio Health Information Partnership
Cathy Costello has practiced as an attorney for more than 25 years, specializing in the area of medical-legal work. She currently heads the Regional Extension Center program provided by the Ohio Health Information Partnership and its seven Regional Partners. Her legal background helps her to understand the complex system of Health Information Technology and Meaningful Use. Before helping to establish the Regional Extension Center program for the Ohio Health Information Partnership, Cathy worked for the Ohio State Medical Association as a legislative liaison, legal counsel and practice economics director. She worked extensively with various state agencies on issues that affected physician practices. Cathy represented the OSMA on the Ohio Board of Regents Committee on Physician Supply which studied issues created by an aging population and a shrinking physician base. She has worked extensively on healthcare reimbursement issues to help improve payment systems for both the providers and the public. Cathy edited several editions of the book, Physician’s Guide to Ohio Law. Most recently, her work has revolved around HIT issues and how to assist physicians in EHR adoption. She feels committed to providing physicians and others with the services they need to adopt electronic health records and to use them in a meaningful way under federal guidelines.

Mary Zile, MHSA
Director, Clinical Consulting, HealthBridge, Tri-State Regional Extension Center
Mary Zile, Director, Clinical Consulting, has a Bachelors in Nursing from Wright State University, a Masters Degree in Health Services Administration from Xavier University, and extensive graduate classes from University of Cincinnati, Department of Pathology in sciences including biochemistry and immunology. Mary has extensive nursing experience in cardiac and surgical intensive care, telemetry, surgical step-down, medical-surgical, and cardiac telemetry within various settings in Cincinnati, Dayton, and Akron. In addition, she has management and clinical experience in outpatient urgent care and occupational health. She was the practice manager for an outpatient primary care office and led an early EHR implementation in 2001. She led the primary care site in practice transformation, evidenced by achieving National Committee of Quality Assurance Patient Centered Medical Home level 3, Bridges to Excellence level 3, and HealthMeasures level 3, with the rural practice ranking third out of forty practices in the Cincinnati region. In addition, she led the practice in a joint effort through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Cincinnati Health Improvement Collaborative Primary Care Innovation Group project, with significant improvements in diabetic outcomes. She led the practice side of a data registry pilot with HealthBridge.

Katrice Cain, MA
Program Development Manager, Case Center for Reducing Health Disparities
Katrice D. Cain is the Program Development Manager at the Case Center for Reducing Health Disparities in Cleveland, Ohio. In her role, she develops programs and activities that will enhance community engagement and participation in research studies. She also assists in providing education and training to researchers on cultural competency. Furthermore, she assists faculty members, researchers, and community organizations in developing quality community-based research. Prior to obtaining a position at the Case Center for Reducing Health Disparities, Ms. Cain completed her undergraduate studies at Kent State University receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. In 2012, she received a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from John Carroll University. She has engaged in numerous community, academic, research, and clinical experiences at medical and academic institutions across the state of Ohio. While attending John Carroll University, her personal research projects included examining Clinical Depression among African American Adolescents and examining the African American student experience at Predominately White Institutions. Ms. Cain has presented research at numerous local and national conferences and continues to have a strong interest in improving the overall health and wellness of communities within the Greater Cleveland area.

Nancy Elder, MD, MSPH
Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine
Research Division Director, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Nancy Elder, MD, MSPH is Professor and Director of Research at the University of Cincinnati Department of Family and Community Medicine.  She is a family physician with an active clinical practice, a researcher and an educator.  Dr. Elder’s personal research has focused on quality and safety in the outpatient, primary care setting, using qualitative and multi-method techniques.  With funding from the National Patient Safety Foundation and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, she has studied the testing process in primary care, systems for quality and safety in the office setting, and patient empowerment for safety and quality in primary care.  She is the Medical Director of the Cincinnati Area Research and Improvement Group (CARInG) Network, a Practice-Based Research Network in the Greater Cincinnati area, and is currently co-PI on a foundation grant to improve the quality of care for patients with chronic pain in primary care.  Dr. Elder provides primary care to homeless patients through the Cincinnati Health Care for the Homeless Program and leads a community research program for UC family medicine residents.

Saundra Regan, PhD
Research Scientist, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Scott Frank, MD, MS
Associate professor of family medicine & Associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics,
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Dr. Scott Frank is the founding Director of the Master of Public Health Program at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (CWRU SOM), with appointments in Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Family Medicine. He is also on the affiliated faculty for the Shubert Center for Child Studies and for the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods. In addition to his academic role, Dr. Frank serves as the Director of Health for the City of Shaker Heights. Dr. Frank graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and his Medical degree. After completing his Family Practice Residency at Michigan, Dr. Frank completed a RWJ Fellowship at CWRU resulting in a Master of Science in Family Medicine. He later received Fellowship training in Addiction Medicine at CWRU. Dr. Frank is involved in a broad variety of research, including topics such as behavior change, tobacco prevention and control, substance abuse prevention, clinical assessment of stress, adolescent health risk, and the role of spirituality and religion in health. He maintains an active Family Practice and is an award winning teacher of residents, medical and public health students. Dr. Frank is currently the curriculum leader for the innovative population health in the CWRU SOM. He serves as Principal Investigator on a RWJ Public Health Practice Based Research Network Grant. Dr. Frank is the recipient of a Templeton Award for his curriculum in Faith and Medicine; a Voices Against the Silence Award from the AIDS Task Force of Cleveland for his White Paper on Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Sexual Education in Ohio; the Martin Luther King Jr. Human Relations Award from the City of Shaker Heights as part of the South Shaker MyCom Leadership Team; and, annually since 2002 the Best Doctors in America Award. Dr. Frank is also a 2 time Hopwood Award winning poet and the author of many peer reviewed articles, book chapters, national presentations, and health education materials.

Susan Labuda-Schrop, PhD
Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine, NEOMED
Assistant Dean of Curriculum, NEOMED
Susan Labuda Schrop, Ph.D., an associate professor of family and community medicine, is the assistant dean of curriculum, College of Medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), serving as the overall course director for M3 clerkships and M4 electives. Dr. Labuda Schrop has her master’s degree with a double major in education administration and exercise physiology from the University of Akron, and her doctoral degree in the sociology of health and health care from Kent State University. Dr. Labuda Schrop has served in many education, research, administrative and service capacities in her more than 30 years at NEOMED, including an instructional development specialist, the administrative director of the Principles of Ambulatory Care/Introduction to Clinical Medicine Course, the associate director for administration for the Department of Family Medicine, and the vice chair for administration and community outreach for the Department of Family and Community Medicine. She is active in teaching medical students including serving as a small group leader for the M1 Foundations of Clinical Medicine course, which she has done throughout her time at NEOMED. Dr. Labuda Schrop has served as the principal investigator/project director for more than $3M in training and research grants, and has participated in the design and directed project management for an additional $3.5M in grant-funded projects. She led the project team that was the recipient of the 2007 national Patient CareAward for Excellence in Patient Education Innovation, awarded by the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. Dr. Labuda Schrop’s research interests include patient-physician communication, literacy and health disparities. She has made more than 150 presentations to international and national audiences. Dr. Labuda Schrop is the current chair of the national organization, The Generalists in Medical Education. As part of her service to the community, she is a member of and secretary to the Board of Directors of the Ohio Association of Free Clinics and volunteers at the Faithful Servants Care Center in Tallmadge.

Rebecca Fischbein, PhD
Research Coordinator, NEON
Rebecca Fischbein, Ph.D., is research coordinator and adjunct assistant professor of family and community medicine in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED). She also serves as the director of the Northeastern Ohio Network® (NEON®), the practice-based research network housed in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. She is principal investigator or co-investigator of multiple research studies examining topics including chronic pain, low back pain, medical student well-being and medical student admissions. Prior to joining NEOMED, Dr. Fischbein served as project evaluator for two federally funded grants which expanded services to county drug court programs.

Sharon Meropol, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Dr. Meropol is a general pediatrician, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Case Western Reserve University, Associate Director for Research and Evaluation at The Center for Child Research and Policy and UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. Dr. Meropol also leads the Rainbow Research Network. She has a background in epidemiology and health services research, and has long-term  interest and experience regarding  research relevant to pediatric medical care being practiced in the community

William Brinkman, MD, MeD, MSc
Research Director, Cincinnati Pediatric Research Group
Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Dr. Brinkman researches shared decision-making between patients/parents and clinicians to promote high value care that is evidence-based and family-centered.  He led a team to develop a shared decision-making intervention for ADHD treatment. Parents became better informed and more involved in decisions without increasing visit length.  He is currently collaborating on grant-funded research to facilitate shared decision making in the care of families facing decisions about Human Papilloma Virus Vaccination and those facing decisions about treatment for juvenile idiopathic arthritis.   Dr. Brinkman serves as the physician lead for the James M. Anderson Center Rapid Evidence Adoption to improve Child Health (REACH) team.  In this role, he is building an infrastructure to support shared decision-making throughout CCHMC.  He also serves as Associate Director of the NRSA Primary Care Research Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Health, and the Research Director for the Cincinnati Pediatric Research Group a practice-based research network.

Thomas Love, PhD
Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Director of the Biostatistics and Evaluation Unit, Center for Health Care Research and Policy
Thomas Love is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and Director of the Biostatistics and Evaluation Unit at the Center for Health Care Research and Policy at Case and MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. Dr. Love is also Data Director and a member of the Executive and Leadership Teams for Better Health Greater Cleveland, an independent alliance of health care providers, consumers, government leaders, academics and payers dedicated to improving the health of Northeast Ohioans living with chronic disease and reducing the costs of poor health in our community. Better Health has become a trusted source of publicly available data on health care quality and outcomes, and these data inform opportunities to improve, spur friendly competition and supply a measuring stick to gauge our progress. As a neutral organization in a large health care community, we look to the Triple Aim to guide our activities and provide value: by providing better care, producing better health, at lower per capita costs. Dr. Love was the 2010 Chair of the Health Policy Statistics Section of the American Statistical Association, and Co-Chaired the 9th International Conference on Health Policy Statistics. He also serves as Associate Editor of two academic journals: The American Statistician, and Health Services and Outcomes Research Methodology. He has won teaching awards from Case Western Reserve University, the University of Pennsylvania, and several national and international societies.

Ann McAlearney, ScD
Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Family Medicine, Ohio State University
Ann McAlearney has a strong interest in primary care, access to care, and quality improvement in health services. She has over 20 years of health services research experience and has been actively involved in both performing research and disseminating research results to academic and practitioner audiences.  She enjoys collaborative research projects and looks forward to opportunities to engage clinicians in primary care research, and to help mentor junior faculty in their research endeavors.  Her current research projects focus on electronic health record implementation and use in ambulatory care settings, population health management and quality improvement opportunities in health care, and care coordination across care settings.  Dr. McAlearney is also actively engaged in management and organizational research in healthcare, including the areas of leadership development, organizational learning, and systems improvement

Timothy Huerta, PhD
Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Biomedical Informatics, Ohio State University
Timothy R. Huerta, PhD, MS is an Associate Professor in both Family Medicine and Biomedical Informatics in the College of Medicine at The Ohio State University. His principal research agenda focuses upon improving the design of the US healthcare system by developing and validating outcome measures to assist stakeholders in maximizing value for each healthcare dollar spent. This agenda involves process and outcome evaluations, data management, and systems redesign. His most recent publications focus on the analysis of the relationships between efficiency and quality measures. Prior to joining the faculty at Ohio State, Dr. Huerta was the Director of the Center for Healthcare Innovation, Education and Research at Texas Tech University where he developed the infrastructure currently in use throughout the Province of British Columbia for the online delivery of CME in the area of Community Oncology. He managed the training of the staff of a 1,000 bed hospital (Covenant Health System) in Lubbock, Texas as they adopted a new Electronic Health Record (EHR) system. He has been published extensively in the area of EHR adoption as hospital productivity. Dr. Huerta received his PhD in Organization Behavior, Organization Theory and Public Management from the University of Southern California and completed his NCI-funded postdoc in Healthcare and Epidemiology at the University of British Columbia, focused on Knowledge Management, Networks and Systems. He has served as the Director of Network Research for the BC Provincial Health Services Authority, the agency tasked with providing complex care, for 4 years where he worked with physicians, healthcare professionals, academics and administrators. He was one of the first NSF-funded fellows at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) where he developed the cyber infrastructure standards for Public Health. He has worked in both the academic and the health services sector for over 20 years.

Kelly Burgess, MPA
Research Associate & Clinical Research Facilitator, PBRN Shared Resource
Kelly Burgess is a Research Associate and Clinical Research Facilitator with the PBRN Shared Resource in the Department of Family Medicine & Community Health at Case Western Reserve University. She is directly involved in planning, developing, and executing research and quality improvement projects in collaboration with primary care providers, community organizations, academic investigators, and community members. She has specialized training and experience in the areas of program evaluation and quality improvement, data analysis, social & organizational network analysis, and network facilitation.



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