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Allison Kempe, MD, MPH Allison Kempe, MD​​

Professor of Pediatrics, Investigator, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Director, ACCORDS Child Program, 

Director of SCORE (Surgical/subspecialists Clinical Outcomes REsearch) Fellowship

Dr. Kempe is the Center Director for ACCORDS, as well as the Director of the Child Program within ACCORDS.  She is a graduate of Oberlin College and the University of Colorado School of Medicine and did her residency at the Strong Memorial Hospital at University of Rochester.  She then did a Robert Wood Johnson General Pediatrics Academic Development Fellowship at the University of Rochester, where she received a Master of Public Health degree. She has been a faculty member at the University of Colorado Denver since 1992 where she is now a tenured Professor of Pediatrics.  Dr. Kempe has been involved in fellowship training and mentorship of junior faculty for twenty years and currently directs the SCORE Fellowship which trains surgeons and subspecialists to conduct outcomes research.   

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She has  won numerous awards, including the Academic Pediatric Association’s Lifetime Research Career Award, the Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition’s Big Shot Award and the University of Colorado Career Teaching Award.  She was the principal investigator for an AHRQ-funded Center for Excellence entitled Center for Research in Implementation Science and Prevention (CRISP), which remains a part of ACCORDS.  She is currently a voting member of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

Dr. Kempe’s own research has focused on immunization and other preventive care delivery, evaluation of prenatal and neonatal health services, evaluation of state health insurance plans for children of low-income families, telephone care, and implementation and dissemination science.  She has substantial methodological expertise in the conduct of pragmatic trials in clinical and community settings, comparative effectiveness, program evaluation, and translation of evidence-based methods into practice.​ 

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Phone: 303.724.1174 1



​Larry Allen, MD, MHS​allen_larry_11_10.jpg

Assistant Professor of Cardiology, Investigator, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Director;  Advanced Heart Failure​

Larry Allen splits his time between clinical duties as Director of Advanced Heart Failure at the University of Colorado and research activities with the Colorado Cardiovascular Outcomes Research Consortium and the Shared decision-making core at ACCORDS. He also maintains active affiliations with the Kaiser Institute for Health Research and the Duke Clinical Research Institute. Dr. Allen’s interests include improving our ability to anticipate progression into end-stage heart failure and then helping patients at highest risk make decisions regarding invasive therapies and palliative care options that are concordant with clinical realities and individual preferences. Dr. Allen has demonstrated early success in his research career through receipt of a K23 Career Development Award from the NIH (2011-2016) and the University of Colorado Outstanding Career Scholars Program. He is the Principal Investigator for a Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute grant for a Trial of a Shared Decision Support for Patients and their Caregivers Offered Destination Therapy for End-Stage Heart Failure (2014-2017).

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Mandy Allison, MEd, MD, MSPHAllison.jpg
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Investigator, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Co-Director;  Primary Care Research Fellowship

Dr. Allison graduated from Williams College then moved to Mississippi where she taught 9th grade Biology and earned her Masters in Education. Mandy completed her medical school training at the University of Utah and continued there to complete her residency in Pediatrics. She then completed a Primary Care Research fellowship and MSPH at the University of Colorado. She returned to the University of Utah as an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Pediatrics from 2006 to 2012 where her clinical time was spent serving mainly low-income Latino patients and she continued to develop her research career with an emphasis on immunization delivery and school health. 


​​Brenda Beaty, MSPH​​Brenda Beatty
Biostatistician
Leader, ACCORDS Analytica​l Core​

Dr. Beaty joined
 the Colorado Health Outcomes Program in 2002 and has served as analytic coordinator since that time. She manages the efforts of the COHO analytic team as well as performing data analysis on a number of projects. She has been a SAS Certified Base Programmer since 2003.  Brenda currently serves as the Chair for the Denver SAS Users Group, as well as the Local User Group Liaison for the Western Users of SAS Software Regional Users Group. She works with projects both at COHO and the Children's Outcomes Research Program (COR) in the Department of Pediatrics.  She received her Master of Science in Public Health in 1993 from the University of Colorado Denver and her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering with distinction from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado in 1989.

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Phone: 303.724.1076
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​​Tell Bennett, M​​D, MSTell Bennett 2.jpg
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Investigator, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Tell received his BA from Rice University and his MD from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He completed his Pediatrics residency and PICU fellowship at Seattle Children’s Hospital/University of Washington and his MS in Epidemiology from the University of Washington School of Public Health. Before joining the University of Colorado School of Medicine and COR (now ACCORDS) in 2014, he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Utah School of Medicine and Primary Children’s Hospital for 5 years. His research focuses on critical care therapies and outcomes, with a particular interest in trauma and traumatic brain injury (TBI), and often involves advanced quantitative methods and large national databases. He is currently funded by NICHD to study the effectiveness of intracranial pressure monitoring in children with severe TBI.

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Phone: 303.724.8661
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Patty Braun, MD, MPHPatty Braun

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Investigator, Univers​ity of Colorado School of Medicine

Dr. Braun, a Colorado native, is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Family Medicine at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. She obtained BAs in Biochemistry and in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at the University of Colorado in Boulder and went to the University of Colorado School of Medicine. After completing her pediatric residency at Yale University in New Haven, CT, she came to Denver Health where she has been a board certified pediatrician for 15 years and teacher of both medical students and residents. She recently completed a HRSA Faculty Development Fellowship during which she completed her Masters in Public Health. Her recent interests include improving the oral health of children. She is an advocate for the Colorado American Academy of Pediatrics oral health chapter. She currently is leading the states evaluation of the Cavity Free at Three Oral Health Initiative; is an original member of the Cavity Free at Three Technical Assistance Team; and is the principal investigator of a Dental Hygienist Co-location project.

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Phone: 303-436-4694
Email: Patricia.Braun@ucdenver.edu
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Assistant Professor, Investigator, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Mark Brittan is an Assistant Professor of Pediatric Hospital Medicine. He received his BA from Yale University and his MD from the Chicago Medical School. He completed pediatric residency at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 2003 and then joined Children’s Hospital in Colorado as a pediatric hospitalist and urgent care clinician. In 2011, he completed the Primary Care Research Fellowship and obtained his MPH in public health at the University of Colorado. He has received funding via the Children’s Hospital Research Scholar Award to pursue research in his area of interest. His research interests focus on improving transitions of care and reducing readmissions in hospitalized children, particularly in those with medical complexity and complex care plans.

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Phone: 303.724.5483
Email: Mark.Brittan@ucdenver.edu
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Maya Bunik, MD, Maya Bunik

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Medical Director; Child Health Clinic

Dr. Bunik received her medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis in 1988. She completed a residency, including a chief residency, in pediatrics at the University of Colorado Denver and The Children's Hospital in 1992. She was Clinical Assistant Professor UCSF working at Children's Hospital in Oakland for over 10 years. She returned to Colorado to complete the primary care research fellowship at the University of Colorado Denver including MPSH 2003-2005. Dr. Bunik is currently Associate Professor in Pediatrics and medical director of the Child Health Clinic.  

 

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Her main health services research interest lies in improving breastfeeding initiation and duration and healthy early infant feeding practices (ages zero to three) as they relate to the continuum of obesity for low-income populations and more specifically, Latinos. Her other interest lies in quality improvement with asthma, second hand smoke and integrated mental health in the outpatient setting. She has published investigations in combination feeding (breast and formula) in Latina mothers as well as telephone support and culturally-enhanced scripted guidelines to support breastfeeding in low-income Latinas; completed secondary database study of breastfeeding and enrollment in the Special Supplementation Program for Women, Infant and Children (WIC) Program. Also, she published the evaluation of an innovative field trip model breastfeeding curriculum that she developed during her time at Children's Hospital Oakland. She was recently invited to speak about Planning A Research Agenda for WIC and Breastfeeding by the Institute of Medicine.​1

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Phone: 303.724.5546
Email: Maya.Bunik@ucdenver.edu2


​​Arthur Davidson, MD, MSPHdavidson.jpg
Director of Public Health Informatics and Senior Investigator, Epidemiology and Preparedness
Primary Care Fellowship and PCOR Scholars Training Program

Art Davidson is a  graduate of State University of New York Brockport (chemistry) and Albert Einstein College of Medicine and was a resident in family medicine at the University of Colorado, where he also received an MSPH (epidemiology) in 1988.  He has practiced family medicine and public health at Denver Health since 1982. With University of Colorado appointments in the School of Public Health (Biostatistics and Informatics) and Medicine (Family Medicine), he has been a Primary Care Research Fellowship co-director since the 1990’s.  

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As Director of Public Health Informatics, Epidemiology and Preparedness at Denver Public Health (Denver Health), he researches, advocates for and seeks to build integrated informatics applications for clinical care and public health initiatives. He was principal investigator of Colorado’s 5-year AHRQ-funded State and Regional Demonstration Project which resulted in the Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO). He was a founding member of a Federal Advisory Committee: Health Information Technology (HIT) Policy Committee to the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT and continues working on the Advance Health Model Workgroup.  He was a founding board member of the National eHealth Collaborative. He currently serves as board chair of the Colorado Health Institute and interim co-chair of the ASTHO-hosted Public Health Community Platform. He is a member of the American Medical Informatics Association, Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists and National Association of County and City Health Officials. ​1

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​Phone: 303-724-97322



Amanda Dempsey, MD, PhD, MPHAmanda Dempsey.JPG

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Dr. Dempsey graduated from the University of Rochester in New York in 1991 and earned her Doctorate degree at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee in 2000. Amanda completed her residency at Seattle Children’s/University of Washington in 2003. In addition, she is involved in Health Services Research/epidemiology. Amanda has been affiliated with Pediatric Academic Society for 7 years, the Society for Pediatric research for 4 years, the International Papillomavirus Society for 6 years and the Academic Pediatric Association for 5 years.  Before Amanda began her career in January 2012 with University of Colorado as the Associate Professor of Pediatrics, she held the positions of Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Michigan from 2006-2011 and Acting Instructor for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington from 2003-2006.  Amanda’s interests include Immunization Delivery, vaccine refusal, human papillomavirus infection and mathematical modeling. Her clinical interests include sick and well general pediatrics, well newborn care and pediatric dermatology. 

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Phone: 303.724.6679
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​​ Director; Analytics Core

​Diane Received her doctoral degree in Biostatistics from the University of North Carolina and has held appointments at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Harvard School of Public Health, AMC Cancer Research Center and the University of Colorado Denver. She is a past President of the International Society for Quality of Life Research and has over 200 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Fairclough's primary research interest is Quality of Life, outcomes in palliative/hospice care, and psychosocial sequelae of cancer and its therapy in pediatric and adult patients. 

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This includes the neuropsychological sequelae of therapy in pediatric patients treated for brain tumors or receiving CNS prophylaxis (primarily ALL), long-term outcomes for survivors, the impact of therapy on QOL, and end of life issues including attitudes concerning PAS and euthanasia. Dr. Fairclough’s statistical research interests include the design and analysis of longitudinal studies with non-random missing data due to disease morbidity or mortality. She is the author of Design and Analysis of Quality of Life Studies in Clinical Trials, 2nd edition (2010).​​1

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Phone: 303.724.11682


James A. Feinstein, MD, MPH Feinstein.jpg

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Investigator, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Attending Physician; Special Care Clinic & Child Health Clinic

Dr. Feinstein is a pediatrician and health services researcher who specializes in the outpatient care of children with special healthcare needs. His research interest and expertise is in database research with goals of improving medication safety and the surveillance of adverse outcomes in this fragile group of children. Dr. Feinstein graduated from Dartmouth College in 2001 and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 2007. He completed his pediatrics internship at Seattle Children’s Hospital and completed his residency training at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. 

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Dr. Feinstein then completed the Primary Care Research Fellowship and obtained his MPH with a focus in Biostatistics at the University of Colorado in 2012. Now an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Dr. Feinstein attends in the Children’s Hospital Colorado Special Care Clinic, and he also provides pediatric support to the Regional Epidermolysis Bullosa Multidisciplinary Team. His current research focuses on pharmacoepidemiology and pharmaceutical safety in children, in particular, the identification of drug-drug interactions in pediatric patients and the detection of subsequent adverse events.​​1

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Office Phone: 303-724-9769
Alternate Phone: 303.803.2223
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Pediatrics Investigator
Dr. Fox received his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ in 1996 and completed his residency and chief residency at the Children’s Hospital of New York.  For the next five years he served as the Director of Pediatric Inpatient Medicine at St. Barnabas hospital in the Bronx, NY.  While there, he helped to start a new pediatric residency at St. Barnabas, and served as an Associate Residency Director for three years.  After moving to Colorado in 2006 and working as a hospitalist and ambulatory pediatrician, he began a Primary Care Research fellowship.  His research interests include regional variation in pediatric care, the utilization of pediatric decision aids and fundoplication in the special needs population.

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Phone: 303.724.5083
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Program Director, ​Investigator, Dissemination and Implementation Program

Dr. Glasgow is Director of the Dissemination and Implementation Program of ACCORDS and a member of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Prior to Fall 2013, he was Deputy Director for Implementation Science in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Science at the U. S. National Cancer Institute (http://cancercontrol.cancer.gov/IS/). Dr. Glasgow is a behavioral scientist who has worked on many transdisciplinary research questions including worksite health promotion, primary care based interventions, and community-based prevention programs involving community health centers and Native American tribes.  

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He has researched target behaviors ranging from smoking prevention and cessation to chronic illness management, patient-provider communication, use of interactive technologies in health care, quality improvement and guidelines adherence. He has published over 400 scientific articles and received the Society of Behavioral Medicine Award as Outstanding Scientist. His more recent work has focused on public health issues of enhancing the reach and adoption of evidence-based programs, using the RE-AIM planning and evaluation model (www.re-aim.org​). 1

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Phone: 303 724-82462


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Karl Hammermeister, MDKarl Hammermeister

Investigator of Cardiology


Dr. Hammermeister received his undergraduate and medical school education, as well as most of his postgraduate training, at the University of Washington in Seattle. He retired from the VA in July 2004 following 34 years of service as a cardiologist. He continues to hold an appointment of Professor of Medicine and continues his long-time research interest in measuring and improving the quality of care as part-time investigator at COHO.

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 His primary research interest is evaluation of outcomes of care, particularly the use of risk-adjusted outcomes as measures of quality of care. He is one of the originators (together with Frederick L. Grover, MD) in 1987 of the ongoing VA Continuous Improvement in Cardiac Surgery Program, where risk-adjusted outcomes have been used to assess and improve the quality of cardiac surgery throughout the VA. Currently funded outcomes research includes: the assessment of the effect of intra-operative changes in blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen saturation on late mortality; predictors of length of stay; and the development of automated, point-of-care decisions support to reduce perioperative complications. His most recent project is to develop and evaluate the electronic provision of decision support for the control of hypertension and dyslipidemia to about 200,000 primary care patients receiving care at 11 clinics/organizations participating DARTNet (Distributed Ambulatory Research in Therapeutics Network), which was developed by Drs. David West and Wilson Pace.​1

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Phone: 303.724.01642


Bill Henderson, PhDWilliam Henderson

Investigator - Biostatistics, University of Colorado School of Medicine


Dr. Henderson Received his BA degree in mathematics from Pomona College, Claremont, California, in 1965, and his Master of Public Health and PhD degrees in biostatistics from the University of Michigan in 1967 and 1970. From 1970-71, he served as a mathematical statistician at the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke, and from 1971-76, he was a biostatistics faculty member at the University of Iowa. In 1976, Dr. Henderson joined the VA Cooperative Studies Program Coordinating Center in Hines, Illinois, to conduct large-scale research that would have an impact on clinical practice.

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 He became the Director of the Center in 1978. During his tenure at the VA Cooperative Studies Program Dr. Henderson helped design, implement, conduct, analyze, and publish over 40 multicenter clinical trials in the VA system in many different disease areas. Dr. Henderson retired from the VA in 2002 and is now Director of the Biostatistics Core in the Colorado Health Outcomes Program, and a Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Colorado. Dr. Henderson is a member of the Board of Directors of the Society for Clinical Trials. He helped design the 5-day clinical trials course for the American College of Surgeons and helped design and coordinate a similar course in the VA. Dr. Henderson currently serves as co-chair of the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP), and manages the NSQIP Data Coordinating Center located at COHO. The NSQIP is a quality assurance program that collects pre-operative risk factors, intra-operative data, and 30-day post-operative mortality and morbidity outcomes in patients undergoing major surgery and feeds the patient risk-adjusted outcomes back to the Chiefs of Surgery at participating institutions. The NSQIP currently has all 123 VA medical centers that perform major surgery participating in the program and 14 non-VA private institutions under a grant from AHRQ. There are plans to expand the program to other interested private hospitals throughout the country. ​1

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Phone: 303.724.11852


Assistant Professor of biostatistics, University of Colorado School of Medicine
 
Dr. Juarez-Colunga is an assistant professor in the Colorado School of Public Health. She received her BS in Applied Mathematics and MSc in Statistics in Mexico, and her doctoral degree in Statistics from Simon Fraser University in Canada. Elizabeth’s areas of expertise and interest include: (i) analysis of data with dependencies at different levels including longitudinal and clustered data, which builds upon generalized linear and non linear mixed models, (ii) analysis of repeated events data such as pulmonary exacerbations, which evolve as extension of survival analysis methods and non normal outcome methods, (iii) joint modeling of multiple outcomes, and (iv) data with many zeros. Through the ACCORDS center she has been involved in the design and analysis of several health outcomes research projects, including for instance, the The Scalable Architecture for Federated Translational Inquiries Network (SAFTINet) project, a pragmatic trial to assist weight loss in a low-income population, and several observational studies in surgical outcomes. 

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Phone: 303.724.6971
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Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Dr. Hurley received her medical degree from the University of New Mexico in 1997 and completed her internal medicine residency and chief residency at the University of Colorado.  She worked as a hospitalist for two years, both in Colorado and New Mexico, before joining Denver Health's medical staff in 2004 as a primary care physician.  She completed a HRSA Faculty Development Fellowship in 2008 during which time she completed her Masters in Public Health.  She has been involved in research related to adult immunization since 2005 when she began working on the Vaccine Policy Collaborative Initiative with Dr. Kempe.  Her other research interests include cardiovascular health disparities and healthcare for undocumented individuals.  She is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine.  She is a member of the American College of Physicians as well as the Society of General Internal Medicine.

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Phone: 303.724.9732
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Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, Investigator, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Dr. Jensen joined ACCORDS in August of 2011 and is currently working at the University of Colorado as Assistant Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine.  Kristin received her BA in History from Duke University in 2000 and graduated from Loyola University Chicago – Stritch School of Medicine in 2005.  She completed her residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Michigan from 2005-2009.  Kristin stayed at the University of Michigan as a part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program from 2009-2011 through which she received her Master’s degree in Health and Health Care Research in 2010.  Kristin’s interests focus primarily on improving the care of patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities as they age, for which she has been focusing her research on the Down syndrome population.

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Phone: 303-724-6558
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Bethany M. Kwan, PhD, MSPHBethany Kwan

Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, Investigator, University of Colorado School of Medicine


Dr. Kwan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine. She holds a PhD in social psychology from the University of Colorado Boulder (2010), a MS in Public Health from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (2005), and a BS in Chemistry and Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University (2001). She is a social/health psychologist with research interests in health behavior change in primary care settings. 

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Her career objective is to improve the quality and effectiveness of behavior change interventions in primary care, based on a platform of patient-centered outcomes research, health care informatics and behavior theory. Her graduate training was in behavior theory and quantitative methods in the context of health behavior change at both the individual and population level, and she has post-doctoral experience in practice-based research, comparative effectiveness research, health information technology and stakeholder engagement. She had an NRSA predoctoral fellowship (F31) from the NIMH to support her training and research in mechanisms of exercise behavior change in those with and without depression. Since 2010, she has managed a large multi-site AHRQ-funded distributed research network (SAFTINet), based in COHO, building an information technology infrastructure of electronic health records, claims and patient-reported data that supports comparative effectiveness research in primary care settings.​1

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Phone:303-724-51532


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Elaine Morrato, DrPH, MPH Elaine Morrato

Program Director, Investigator, Dissemination and Implementation Program


Associate Professor of Health Systems, Management and Policy

Associate Dean for Public Health Practice

Colorado School of Public Health



Dr. Morrato is an Associate Professor in Health Systems, Management and Policy at the Colorado School of Public Health with secondary appointments in Pediatrics and Clinical Pharmacy. She has over 25 years of experience in pharmaceutical outcomes research, including leadership of prescription and OTC drug development and commercialization programs at Procter & Gamble. Trained as an epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins University and board certified in public health, 

Dr. Morrato’s research focuses on the clinical translation of medical innovation and policy, with a particular emphasis on drug safety and risk management.


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Phone: 303.724.1535
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Susan L. Moore, PhD, MSPHMoore_website1.jpg

Assistant Director, Center for Health Systems Research, Denver Health 

Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Dr. Moore received her BS in biological sciences from the University of New Orleans, her MSPH from the Colorado School of Public Health, and completed her doctorate in health and behavioral sciences at the University of Colorado Denver. Prior to her research career, Dr. Moore worked in information technology (IT) for ten years, focusing primarily on implementation and support for software systems and technical education, training, and evaluation.  Her ongoing research interests include consumer health informatics, clinical decision support, the application of mixed methods to health systems research, and the use of mobile health technology to deliver patient-centered care. 


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Phone: 303.724.9922
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Megan Morris, Ph​D, MPH​Moore_website1.jpg

Director, Qualitative Core

Assistant Professor, University of Colorado School of Public Health

Dr. Morris is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health at the Colorado School of Public Health. She earned her BS in Communication Disorders from Boston University, a MS in Speech-Language Pathology, a MPH with a Health Policy and Systems Concentration, and a PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. She went on to complete a post-doctoral fellowship in Health Services Research at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. Prior to her current position, she was a faculty member at Mayo Clinic and Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. The aim of her research is to identify and address provider- and organization-level factors that contribute to healthcare disparities experienced by patients with disabilities.


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Email: MEGAN.A.MORRIS@UCDENVER.EDU
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Green-Edelman Chair for Practice-Based Research

Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Research | Dept. of Family Medicine

Director of Community Engagement & Research | Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute

Director for Practice Based Research | ACCORDS

President, International Balint Federation



Don Nease is the Vice Chair for Research in Family Medicine, and Director of the Community Engagement and Research for the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. Dr. Nease’s work is dedicated to improving the delivery of primary health care from the level of individual doctor-patient interactions to population-based interventions. Don received both his B.A. and M.D. degrees at the University of Kansas. He did his Residency at the Medical University of South Carolina/Department of Family Medicine and a Faculty Development Fellowship at the University of North Carolina. 

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Prior to joining COHO, Don held Assistant Professor positions at the University of Kansas, University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston and Associate Professor at the University of Michigan. Don’s research interests include modifying clinician behavior and compliance around chronic disease detection and management with a focus on depression and cancer and clinical trials using reminder and survey interventions and medical practice redesign for quality improvement. Don has not only led the development and commercialization of clinical decision support software for primary care practices, he has also been an active, funded practice-based network researcher, examining issues of improving the delivery of evidence-based care in the areas of cancer prevention, depression and risk-based communication. He has played a leadership role in projects utilizing the state-based research networks in Michigan and Colorado, as well as national networks of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College of Physicians. Don fluently reads, writes and speaks English and German languages.​1

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Phone: 303-724-62702


Sean O'Leary, MDSean O'Leary, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Investigator, University of Colorado School of Medicine​


Dr. O'Leary is a Pediatric Infectious Diseases specialist and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado.  He received a BA in Environmental Studies from Brown University in 1991 and graduated from University of Texas Houston Medical School in 1996.  After completing pediatric residency at The Children's Hospital in Denver in 1999, he moved to Fort Collins where he practiced as a general pediatrician for 8 years.

 

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He then returned to the Children's Hospital to pursue a fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases, which he completed in June 2010.  He currently is an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in the sections of General Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases.  Dr. O'Leary is also currently a second year fellow in the NRSA Primary Care Research Fellowship and is also pursuing a Masters in Public Health.  His research interests include vaccines and vaccine preventable diseases.  Dr. O'Leary is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a fellow member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society.​1

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Phone: 303.724.15822


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Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Co-Director, TL1 Program, Colorado Clinical & Translational Sciences Institute

Co-Director, Emergency Medicine Scientist Training and Intensive Mentorship (EM-STIM) program, Department of Emergency Medicine


Dr. Sills has been a health services delivery research investigator at ACCORDS since 2002.  Her research has focused on using electronic health data methods to define and model systems- and patient-level factors associated with process and outcome measures of health care quality, with a focus on asthma in acute and primary care settings for children.  This work has assessed variation in quality of care for various conditions, and has demonstrated the importance of rigorous methods in selecting and implementing quality metrics. These publications have highlighted the importance of the following in quality measurement: (1) selecting process measures only when they have demonstrated association with outcomes of value; (2) using risk-adjustment that extends beyond adjustment for the severity of the acute condition to encompass chronic medical complexity and social determinants of health; and (3) incorporating adjustment for structural measures of quality, including crowding and occupancy measures. 

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At ACCORDS, Dr. Sills currently serves as the PI on a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)-funded (R40) project designed to test the hypothesis that patient-centered medical home characteristics improve asthma control in children, and is PI on a National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI)-funded project (R21) testing the impact of the Colorado Asthma Toolkit Program in a network of safety-net practices in Colorado. Since 2010, she has also served as a co-Investigator on the Scalable Architecture for Federated Therapeutic Inquiries Network (SAFTINet), a project funded (R01) by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) that includes 100 practices in four states. In her role as the team leader of the Research and Quality Improvement team for the SAFTINet grant, she leads a stakeholder team in conducting research and quality improvement projects (including asthma-, medication-adherence- and obesity-screening-related endeavors) using stakeholder-engagement methods. 

 

With ACCORDS colleagues, Dr. Sills has also conducted AHRQ-funded research in emergency department crowding and the quality of care provided to children with asthma and pain in the emergency department. She is also an active participant in the Children’s Hospital Association Research Group, which addresses questions related to the efficiency, efficacy and equity of care delivered in children’s hospitals.

 

Dr. Sills received her A.B. in History and Literature from Harvard University, her MD from Johns Hopkins University, and her MPH from the Milken Institute School of Public Health, and completed her residency in Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University and her subspecialty fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Children’s National Medical Center. Since joining the faculty at CU School of Medicine in 1999, Marion’s clinical and teaching roles have focused on providing care to children in the Emergency Department at the Children’s Hospital Colorado.​

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Lisa Schilling, MD, MSPH LisaSchilling.jpg    

Professor of Internal Medicine, Investigator, University of Colorado School of Medicine​


Dr. Schiling is a board-certified in Internal Medicine and a practicing general internist with the University of Colorado. She received her BS with Honors from Brown University in 1984 and graduated from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in 1990.  She completed her internship and residency at the University of Chicago and was a faculty member at there from 1993 to 1997. In 1997 she joined the University of Colorado's Department of Medicine where she is currently an Associate Professor. 

 

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She completed a HRSA Faculty Development Fellowship in 2007 during which time she acquired her Masters of Science in Public Health. Her research interests focus on the optimization of health care delivery and health via information technology, clinical research informatics, clinical decision support, and data modeling. She currently leads the Clinical Informatics Core within COHO and is the Principle Investigator of the Scalable Architecture for Federated Translational Inquiries Network (SAFTINet), a 3-year AHRQ funded project to develop comparative effectiveness research capacity to benefit safety-net stakeholders.  The project supports building a multi-state scalable infrastructure with participating safety-net providers and Medicaid agencies. ​1

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Phone: 303.724.51382


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Professor of Physical Therapy, Investigator, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Director: Muscle Performance Laboratory 
Co-Director: CU RESTORE group

Dr. Stevens-Lapsley received her Physical Therapy degree at the University of Delaware, where she went on to complete a PhD in Biomechanics and Movement Science with a focus in Applied Physiology. She then completed post-doctoral training at the University of Florida. Her research uses a multifaceted approach to evaluate intervention strategies designed to enhance the effectiveness of rehabilitation in older adult patient populations. As such, her research ranges from understanding the mechanisms of skeletal muscle dysfunction to studies of implementation of best rehabilitation practices in post-acute care settings. More specifically, her research includes the evaluation of care bundling strategies for joint arthroplasty, pragmatic trials in medically complex patient populations, and health services research to understanding how rehabilitation services impact hospitalization rates and functional performance. One additional area of research emphasis is the developing and refinement of more intensive and progressive strategies for the rehabilitation of older adult populations. For example, her team has been investigating more intensive approaches to rehabilitation for patients after joint arthroplasty as well as medically deconditioned, frail older adults in numerous healthcare settings (inpatient, skilled nursing, and home health). As such, her team is developing evidence to shift treatment away from generalized low intensity interventions in these settings towards evidence-based higher intensity therapies. 

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Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine​​


Dr. Wong is a pediatrician and Professor at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine. She is a Senior Program Consultant for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Education Director for the Eugene S. Farley, Jr. Health Policy Center. Dr. Wong strives to improve children’s health through medical education, health policy and clinical care. She co-founded CU LEADS— an innovative curricular program designed to promote leadership, education, advocacy, development, and scholarship for medical students. CU LEADS inspires new leadership in health care, focusing on social determinants of health and developing advocates who are empowered to improve the health of communities through service, collaboration, civic engagement and public policy.

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Dr. Wong served as health policy advisor to First Lady Michelle Obama for development and implementation of Let’s Move!, a national initiative to prevent childhood obesity.  She also assisted in launching Joining Forces to improve health and wellness of military families.  

Throughout her clinical practice, Dr. Wong has cared for children from underserved and vulnerable populations in safety net hospitals, community health centers, and academic clinical settings. She has received multiple awards and honors, including the Chancellor’s Diversity Recognition Award for CU LEADS.

Dr. Wong received her B.A. in modern dance from the University of California, Los Angeles, M.D. from the University of Utah, School of Medicine and M.S.P.H. from the University of Colorado. She was a primary care research fellow and also RWJF health policy fellow with the Institute of Medicine.


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Investigator - Urology, University of Colorado School of Medicine​


Dr. Vemulakonda earned her degrees from Harvard Law School in Cambridge, MA in 1996 and the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in 2000. Dr. Vemulakonda completed her urology residency at Baylor College of Medicine in 2006. In 2008, she completed a fellowship in Pediatric Urology at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle Children’s Hospital. Vijaya has been a member of the American Urologic Association and of the Society for Fetal Urology and is currently a candidate member of the American College of Surgeons and the Society for Pediatric Urology.  

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Prior to joining the University of Colorado, Department of Urology as Assistant Professor at Children’s Hospital in June 2010, she held the position of Assistant Professor for the Division of Urology Department of Surgery from 2008-2010 at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. Dr. Vemulakonda’ s research interests include health care disparities in children with congenital urologic anomalies, the effects of integrated care models on quality of life and health status in children with complex medical needs, and the role of shared decision making in optimizing pediatric surgical outcomes.  She is currently a member of the Clinical Faculty Scholars Program at the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. ​1

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Phone: 303.724.15342


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Business Services Director, ACCORDS 


JD Ainsworth is the Business Services Director for ACCORDS. He earned his BS from the University of Nevada Las Vegas in Healthcare Administration and has worked in the healthcare industry for the past 8 years, with extensive experience in academic healthcare settings. Previously JD served as the Business Director for GIM, the Financial Manager for Medical Oncology, and as a Finance Manager at National Jewish Health in Allergy and Immunology. JD’s primary focus is in administration and finance, leadership, and interdepartmental/team relationship building. 

phone: 303-724-9947

email: JD.AINSWORTH@UCDENVER.EDU​

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Outcomes Research

Professional Research Assistant

Sophia Arabadjis, MSc, joined the ACCORDS in December 2016 as a professional research assistant working on the SPINE APEx project. She received her Master’s in Applied Social Research from Trinity College Dublin in 2015 and her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago in 2013. Sophia comes to Colorado from Boston, where she spent a little under two years researching health care systems with a team at Harvard Medical School. Though her primary interests lie in health care outcomes and systems research, she is passionate about social research at all phases: methodology, ethics, scoping, analyzing, writing, presenting, and learning across disciplines. 

email: SOPHIA.ARABADJIS@UCDENVER.EDU


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Project Manager
Senior Professional Research Assistant

Christine joined the Colorado Health Outcomes and Children’s Outcomes Research Programs in 2004 as a project coordinator and eventually project manager for the Vaccine Policy Collaborative Initiative. In 2010, she became the project manager for the Collaborative Flu project.  After taking a 5 year hiatus to stay at home with her 2 beautiful girls, she has rejoined ACCORDS in 2016 as the project manager for the P3+ project which researches immunization delivery in OB/GYN settings at the practice, provider and patient levels.  Prior to working at ACCORDS, Christine worked as a project coordinator on several projects including the Colorado Weigh Program, the CACTI (Coronary Artery Calcification in Type I diabetes) program and the DAISY (Diabetes Autoimmunity Study in the Young) program at the University of Colorado from 1999 to 2004.  She received her Masters of Science in Public Health at the University of Colorado in 2006. 

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Qualitative Research
Instructor
Qualitative Core Coordinator
Project management and qualitative research data collection and analysis for ACCORDS Child and Adult programs

Juliana Barnard received her Master of Arts in Sociology in 1994 and has worked in health research from 1995 to present.  She worked principally in environmental and occupational health research from 1995 to 2007 at National Jewish Health (Denver, CO) and has been in ACCORDS since moving to UCD  Anschutz campus in 2007.  Juliana is quite experienced in conducting all kinds of qualitative data collection and analysis and has several peer reviewed published articles.  

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She has been a project manager of less-to-more complex (single to multi-site) studies over the course of her research career.  Juliana is most interested in researching the impact on patients and families from complex disease processes or treatments, qualitative research methods, and addressing access to health care concerns.  Juliana has a wonderful husband and daughters, two dogs, and a cat.        ​​1

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Phone: 303.724.01122


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Outcomes Research
Senior Professional Research Assistant
Project Manager, PBRN Coordinator for Colorado Children's Outcomes Network (COCONet)

Sarah Brewer joined the Children’s Outcomes Research Program (COR) in December 2011 and has worked on a range of projects covering topics of immunization reminder/recall, immunization delivery in OB/GYN settings, metabolic screenings for patients taking antipsychotics. In addition, Sarah serves as PBRN coordinator for the Colorado Children’s Outcomes Network, a network of over 60 pediatric practices in Colorado that is focused on answering clinically relevant research questions.  

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Sarah is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Health and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Colorado Denver. In 2011, she earned a Master of Public Administration from the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs where she focused on health and education policy and researched Medicaid and CHP+ eligibility and enrollment policies for the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. Sarah is particularly interested in increasing access to health care through evidence-based practice and policies. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and German with honors from the University of Denver in 2008. Sarah has previously managed community and civic engagement programs and developed collaborative research and programmatic community partnerships with schools and nonprofit organizations. ​​1

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Phone: 303-724-69272


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Biostatistics
Senior Professional Research Assistant

Micheal Bronsert graduated from Union College in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in Medical Technology. In 1999 he completed his Master of Science in Biology at Andrews University where he studied behavioral neurobiology. For several years following his Master’s degree he worked as a Medical Technologist for Kaiser Permanente and also for Poudre Valley Hospital before deciding to purse as degree in statistics.  In 2009 he received his PhD in Applied Statistics from the University of Northern Colorado. Dr. Bronsert joined COHO in January 2010 as a senior professional research assistant. 

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Phone: 303.724.1277

 
Health Outcomes Reserach
Instructor
Project Manager

Michaela (Misha) Brtnikova was born in Brno, Czech Republic and received her Ph.D. in Kinanthropology in January 2009 at the Charles University in Prague. In her dissertation, she conducted research in improving active life styles of teenage girls. After coming to Denver, Misha continued in her education and finished her Master’s in Public Health in December 2014. Currently, Misha manages a project funded by the CDC designed to surveys primary care providers nationally regarding important immunization issues. As an instructor, Misha teaches at the School of Medicine mostly survey research methods and implementation. 

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Outside of work, Misha spends every minute possible exploring the beauty of Colorado nature by foot, on skis, snowboard, mountain bike, motorcycle, ATV or boat. She hasn’t learned how to fly yet but as soon as she does, it will be added to the list. Her favorite place in Colorado is the Chicago Basin area in San Juan Mountains. One of Misha’s outdoor goals is to summit all 58 fourteeners in Colorado. Her favorite quote is by Mark Twain: “Life is short, break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably and never regret anything that makes you smile.” because every sixty seconds you spend angry, upset or mad, is a full minute of happiness you’ll never get back. ​1

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Phone: 303-724-26432


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Biostatistics
Senior Professional Research Assistant

Elizabeth Campagna, MS, PSTAT®, joined ACCORDS in 2008.  She holds a MS in Biostatistics from the University of Michigan and received accreditation from the American Statistical Association as a Professional Statistician in July 2011.

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Phone: 303.724.0382
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Qualitative Research
Program Manager

Catia was born in Lima, Perú. She earned a MPH in Community and Behavioral Sciences from the Colorado School of Public Health, CSPH, at the University of Colorado Denver. She has spent more than 9 years working with the Latino community in Colorado in education and public health programs and worked in a nutrition program with low-income elementary schools at the School of Medicine at UCD for more than 7 years. 

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She has been a consultant for the Center for Global Health at CSPH where she gathered, coordinated, analyzed data and compiled written reports to the funder from Rapid Needs Assessments for Maternal and Child Health in Guatemala and Perú. She joined the Children’s Outcomes Research program in 2013 as a Program Manager where she will be managing and evaluating projects with a focus in qualitative research. In her spare time enjoys gardening, cooking, snowshoeing, road trips and traveling internationally.​1

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Phone: 303.724-79642


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Health Outcomes Research
Professional Research Assistant
Project Manager

Dennis Gurfinkel joined the Children’s Outcomes Research Program (COR) in August 2013 as a professional research assistant working on collaborative population-based reminder/recall for the Center for Research in Implementation Science and Prevention (CRISP) and has since taken on a coordination role for several immunization focused projects and several educational conferences and seminars. He received his MPH from the Colorado School of Public Health in 2012 and has worked in project coordination, data collection, and evaluation and analysis at CU and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Phone: 303-724-6948
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Health Systems, Policy and Delivery Models
Project Manager
Professional Research Assistant

Mika Hamer, MPH, joined ACCORDS in December 2010, working on a variety of child and adult outcomes research and evaluation projects since that time. Mika currently works on projects evaluating health systems and primary care delivery models and the effect and adoption of state health policies. In 2013, she received a Master’s of Public Health with a concentration in Health Services Research from the Colorado School of Public Health. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biospychology and Community Health from Tufts University in 2008. 

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Phone: 303-724-5921
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Biostatistics
Biostatistician
Analyst; Biostatistics Core

Patrick Hosokawa, MS joined COHO in 2007.  He has a Master of Science in Biostatistics from the University of Colorado Denver and was previously a web and database developer. Currently he provides statistical support for the SOAR initiative as well numerous other programs including CFSP and SAFTINet.
 

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Phone: 303.724.1531
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Pilar Ingle, MSWPatrick Hosokawa
Shared Decision Making
Professional Research Assistant

Pilar Ingle, MSW, joined the ACCORDS Shared Decision Making Core in 2017 as a Professional Research Assistant. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Colorado Boulder, and her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan. Pilar recently completed a year-long clinical social work internship in Palliative Care through the University of Michigan Health System. Her research interests are in patient-provider communication, end-of-life care, and health disparities. Pilar grew up in Denver and loves spending time in the mountains no matter what season.
 

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Phone: 303.724.8754
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Public Health and Qualitative Research
Senior Professional Research Assistant

Andrea Jimenez-Zambrano, MPH, a native Peruvian, completed her undergraduate education in Biology and Spanish at the University of Colorado Denver. She received a Master of Public Health degree in Community and Behavioral Health at the Colorado School of Public Health. She has experience working with Latino population in the Denver Metro Area. After completing her MPH in 2012, Ms. Jimenez-Zambrano has been working in qualitative data methods, facilitating focus groups, developing and doing data collection through surveys, and analyzing data in SPSS. She has also worked on international rapid needs assessments in Guatemala and in Peru with the Center for Global Health. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Health and Behavioral Sciences at University of Colorado Denver. Andrea currently works at COR/COHO/CGH as Sr. Professional Research Assistant.

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Phone: 303.724.1083
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Health Outcomes Research
Senior Professional Research Assistant

Steven Lockhart, MPH, received his Master of Public Health from the Colorado School of Public Health in 2014. He received his Bachelor of Arts in 2008 from the University of Denver, where he majored in Psychology. He began work at COHO in 2007 as a student worker on the Toolkits project with Dr. Sheana Bull. After graduating, Steven worked as a PRA on various Community Based Participatory Research studies with Dr. Debbi Main and the community group Taking Neighborhood Health to Heart. 

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These studies looked at a range of different issues including cardiovascular health, childhood obesity/physical activity and food access/affordability. Over the past five years he has worked on a number of different projects focused on improving childhood and adolescent immunization rates at both the population and practice level. Currently at ACCORDS, Steve is a Senior Professional Research Assistant splitting his time on the Adolescent Medical Home study, Parent-Provider Partnerships for Referral Communication grant, and the Physician Communication study. ​1

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Phone: 303.724.29792


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Health Outcomes Research
Senior Professional Research Assistant

Julie Maertens earned her Doctorate degree in applied social and health psychology from Colorado State University, where she also worked as a teaching fellow in psychology, as a research associate in the department’s Safety Management Applied Research Team, and as the program manager for three large youth and family evaluation projects contracted through the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. 

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She joined the Adult and Child Center for Health Outcomes Research and Delivery Science in 2012 as project manager of studies that focus on improving vaccination decision quality and vaccination uptake, and that aim to strengthen parent-provider referral communication and care planning for children with special needs. Julie commutes to ACCORDS from Fort Collins, and in her spare time enjoys cooking, Rockies baseball, and spending time with her two kids and retired guide dog, Russ.​​1

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Phone: 303-724-73192


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Health Outcomes Research
Data Analyst, Database Developer
Senior Professional Research Assistant

Monica McNulty, a Senior Professional Research Assistant, holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health from Colorado State University and a Master of Science in Biometrics from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.  Her primary areas of expertise include design, development and implementation of Access databases for use in medical research studies, as well as SAS statistical analysis of the subsequently collected data. Over the years Monica’s involvement in medically-related research has covered a wide array of topics, from treatment of multiple sclerosis, to Native American mental health concerns, to quality of care in long-term health care facilities.  Her current projects focus primarily on Quality of Life related to cancer survivorship in pediatric as well as adult populations. 
 

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Phone: 303.724.1197
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Senior Professional Research Assistant
Project Manager 

Jennifer joined the Colorado Health Outcomes and Children’s Outcomes Research Programs as a professional research assistant in December of 2006. She is the project coordinator for a study assessing the feasibility and acceptability of vaccinating adolescents in complementary health care settings. She earned her Master of Science in Public Health at the University of Colorado Denver. She comes to COHO from Jefferson County Department of Health and Environment where she worked as a public health researcher within the Tobacco Prevention Initiative Program.
 

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Phone: 303.724.0769
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Senior Professional Research Assistant
Project Manager 

Alison graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 2005 with a dual master’s degree in Public Health and Social Work. Alison has been working with the Children’s Outcomes Research (COR) program since 2007. Here she has coordinated two large immunization research projects: the Effectiveness of Reminder/recall among Adolescent Patients (funded by CDC) and an NIH grant titled Population versus Practice-based Interventions to Improve Immunizations. Alison has also presented results at state and national conferences: "Getting under the Hood: Exploring issues that affect provider-based recall using an Immunization Information System." She has co-authored several articles related to these studies. Prior to her work at COR, she had a variety of experiences both in community-based programs and research in both nonprofits and academic institutions. Her main research/project interests are working to improve health outcomes for vulnerable populations, particularly women and children. When she's not working she enjoys spending time with her husband and her little boy Henry.  
 

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Senior Professional Research Assistant


Ya'teeh. Shi 'e'i' Amanda Skenadore yinishye'. Kinyaa'aanii' nisli' Tl'aashchi'i' ba' shischiiin. Amanda Skenadore is born for the Towering House people and born into the Red Cheek Clan and comes from a  small town called Chinle Arizona, located on the Navajo Reservation.
She obtained her Bachleors of Arts from Fort Lewis College in Exercise Science and received her Master of Public Health with a concentration in Community Health from the Colorado School of Public Health. Currently, she is a student with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health within their School of International Health with an emphasis in American Indian Health.
She has been working within the Public Health field for the past 7 years within various entities of public health. Prior to her work with ACCORDS she worked at the Center for Public Health Practice (CPHP) as a Program Evaluator. She assisted in the implementation of the CPHP evaluation plan, tool development, data collection and reporting. In addition, she served as the Technical Assistance and Research Center Assistant for the National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH).
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At NCUIH she was able to work within the youth programming specifically with mental health. Furthermore, she has four years of experience in program management in health programs as the Health Specialist Manager with Jefferson County. By adhering to federal guidelines she worked to insure that the head start program had quality health education. Lastly, she has 15 months of combined experience as a Health Educator/Physical Activities Coordinator at NATIVE HEALTH. In these positions she provided prevention and education of chronic diseases to the American Indian community in both urban and tribal programs in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Amanda enjoys traveling and lives by the quote from the Dalai Lama, “Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before”. She is also a huge hockey fan and regularly cheers on the Pittsburgh Penguins!​ 

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Jocelyn Thompson, MA
Senior Professional Research Assistant
Project Manager

Joined the Colorado Health Outcomes team in 2013 as a professional research assistant for three research projects centered on decision-making and care for cardiovascular disease patients. Prior to working for COHO, Jocelyn earned her master’s degree in Health Communication from Emerson College in collaboration with Tufts University School of Medicine in 2012, and received her bachelor’s in Communication Studies and Journalism from University of Portland in 2010. During her two years in Boston, Jocelyn worked as a graduate research assistant for Emerson College and the University of Massachusetts’ Institute for Community Inclusion. She also piloted her own research as a consultant for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, where she received the Giddon Award for development of an outstanding community health promotion campaign. Jocelyn’s interest in cardiovascular health began when she worked for the non-profit organization ProCor as a contributing writer for their global health network, which provided her an excellent opportunity to use her health literacy and writing skills to reach disparate populations with high rates of heart disease.

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Phone: 303.724.7967
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Business Administrator, 
Program Coordinator

Ellen Joined the Colorado Health Outcomes Program as a Program Assistant/Fellowship Coordinator in November 2008. She has 10 years education experience as a Business Manager for two of her local neighborhood schools, serving preschool through 8th grade students. Previously, Ellen spent 15 years in advertising and marketing where she was responsible for the account planning, research and production departments. Her account experience includes Johns Manville, Colorado Lottery Proceeds, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Vail Valley Marketing Board, Hunter Douglas and Qwest. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Colorado State University. 
 

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Phone: 303.724.1174
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Instructor
Project Manager
 
Katina Received her Bachelor of Arts in English, Spanish and Sociology in 2003 from Ohio Wesleyan University. In 2007, she received her Master of Arts in Sociology from New Mexico State University. She moved to Denver in 2007 and worked for the TEDDY and DAISY diabetes studies at the Barbara Davis Center from 2007 until 2010. In 2010, she began working with the Children’s Outcomes Research program as project manager of two studies that evaluate health care delivery models for effectiveness in preventing early childhood dental caries.
 

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Phone: 303.724.6429
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CHORDS
Senior Professional Research Assistant

Rachel Zucker joined ACCORDS in 2016 as the Data Collaborative Project Manager/SrPRA working on CHORDS (Colorado Health Observation Regional Data Service) and other data sharing opportunities and projects. She received her Master of Public Health in Health Behavior from UNC – Chapel Hill in 2014, where she worked on preventive health projects ranging from HPV vaccination research to multi-unit housing smoking policies. After graduating, she worked in research and evaluation at a North Carolina nonprofit focused on organization-level employee health policies and benefits. Her professional interests include health behavior change, chronic disease prevention, community partnerships, and creating and supporting data sharing partnerships.  

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Phone: 303.724.9222
 
 
 
 
 
 



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Associate Clinical Professor, Family Medicine

Jeanette Waxmonsky is the Director of Research Innovation at Jefferson Center’s Office of Healthcare Transformation, a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Department of Family Medicine, and a licensed clinical psychologist.  Dr. Waxmonsky received her B.A. in Psychology and English from Lafayette College, her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Alabama. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Administration and Evaluation at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.  Prior to joining Jefferson Center, Dr. Waxmonsky was an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Department of Psychiatry, she was involved in the development, implementation, and evaluation of integrated behavioral health programs for thousands of Coloradans. She has had a lead role in securing over $7 million in grant funding to support integrated care programs and evidence based treatment interventions for medically underserved and minority populations. 

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Dr. Waxmonsky is a nationally renowned expert on behavioral health – primary care integration and implementation methodologies with 15 years’ experience in both academic and healthcare settings. She is the primary author for the Integrated Practice Assessment Tool (IPAT) which measures the level of behavioral health – primary care integration among practices (http://www.integration.samhsa.gov/operations-administration/IPAT_v_2.0_FINAL.pdf). THE IPAT is being used nationally by SAMHSA and by health plans in seven states to measure integration.  

Her research work focuses on the development of evidenced based behavioral health interventions and integrated care models for persons with psychiatric illness and medical comorbidities and testing implementation strategies to increase the uptake and sustainability of evidence based behavioral interventions. She has also researched smoking cessation interventions for persons with psychiatric disorders (e.g., developing a national smoking cessation toolkit for mental health providers), depression care management interventions in primary care settings, and perinatal mental health systems of care integration.

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Assistant Professor of Cardiology, Primary Investigator, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Colleen K. McIlvennan, DNP, ANP is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Colorado. Colleen earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Marquette University and her Masters of Science and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus. She currently works as a Nurse Practitioner in the Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation Section at the University of Colorado. Her clinical experiences with patients who have advanced heart failure have led her to pursue a research career grounded in this patient population. She has experience with qualitative methodology, including in-depth interviews and thematic analysis. Her research focuses on decision making, specifically patients considering a destination therapy left ventricular assist device. Colleen’s work has contributed significantly to a PCORI grant focused on implementing two novel decision aids in to clinical practice.

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Senior Director of the Institute for Health Research - Kaiser Permanente. 

Professor of General Internal Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine

John Steiner, MD, MPH, is the Senior Director of the Institute for Health Research as well as a professor of general internal medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He is currently the vice-chairman of the HMO Research Network Governing Board and completed his 4-year term as chair of the Health Systems Research study section for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in June, 2011. His research interests include access to care, health disparities, prevention of cardiovascular disease and treatment adherence.

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Pediatric health services researcher and a practicing pediatrician - Kaiser Permanante

Matthew F. Daley, MD, is a pediatric health services researcher and a practicing pediatrician. He was born and raised in Denver, and is a proud graduate of the Denver Public Schools system. He attended Stanford University Medical School, and completed a residency and chief residency in Pediatrics at the University of Colorado Denver. His research interests are pediatric health services and outcomes research, in particular in the areas of immunization delivery, immunization safety, pediatric hypertension, and ADHD. He hopes to participate in an expansion of pediatric-focused outcomes and comparative effectiveness research in existing and planned national research networks. 

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Pediatric health services researcher and a practicing pediatrician - Kaiser Permanante

Elizabeth A. Bayliss, MD, MSPH, is the Director for Scientific Development and an Investigator in the Institute for Health Research. She is trained in Family Medicine and is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado at Denver Health Sciences Center. Her research interests include investigating processes of care for persons with multiple chronic medical conditions as well as methods of measuring morbidity.

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Staff Cardiologist, VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System

Co-Director, VA Ischemic Heart Disease QUERI

Co-Director, Denver-Seattle Center of Innovation for Veteran Centered and Value Driven Care

Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado. 

Dr. Ho’s research has focused on describing the prevalence of non-adherence to prescribed cardiovascular medications, understanding reasons for non-adherence, and testing interventions to improve medication adherence. Following epidemiologic work describing the prevalence of non-adherence, he recently completed a multi-site study to improve medication adherence after patients are hospitalized for an acute coronary syndrome event. In that study, the intervention improved the proportion of patients who were adherent by 15% to cardiovascular medications in the year after ACS hospital discharge. Currently, he is building on that work and conducting an implementation study to improve adherence to anti-platelet medications after patients undergo percutaneous coronary intervention.

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Associate Professor, UC Denver SOM

Director, Primary Care Residency Research, UC Denver SOM

Director, Primary Care Research Fellowship Program, UC Denver SOM

Affiliated Investigator, Institute for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente 

Dr. Binswanger’s research research focuses on finding ways to reduce the medical complications of drug use and improve the health of vulnerable populations. She is also focused on training fellows and junior faculty in research.