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Disparities in Health Care Outcomes and Health Care Receipt

Title: ​​Using values affirmation to reduce the effects of perceived discrimination on hypertension disparities
Summary: High blood pressure is a major cause of poor health in African Americans. The goal of this project is to improve the treatment of high blood pressure for African American patients by decreasing the effect of perceived discrimination on their interactions with their doctors. We do this by having patients complete a brief writing exercise before a doctor visit. Other research has shown this exercise improves communication between patients and doctors. When patients and doctors communicate better, patients are able to take care of themselves better.
Funder: NIH
Award Number: 1R01HL133343
Project Period: 06/01/2017-05/31/2020​
Title: ​​An intervention to increase engagement with hypertension care for American Indian patients
Summary: The goal of this project is to evaluate an intervention in American Indians that has shown promise in improving self-care behavior in another minority patient group, and to expand understanding of the effects of the intervention. The intervention relies on a psychological process known as values-affirmation, and involves a specific writing exercise administered immediately before a clinic visit. It is presumed to have its effects through reducing the effects of stereotype threat.
Funder: AHA
Award Number: 15SFDRN24180024
Project Period: 07/01/2016-06/30/2019​
Title: ​​Improving Health by Engaging Refugees in Denver (I-HEaRD)
Summary: To address the lack of refugee engagement and leadership in health outcomes research, we propose developing a sustainable community-based research network (CBRN) in collaboration with refugees and refugee community stakeholders in Denver. This project seeks to increase the capacity of refugees and refugee community stakeholders to participate in patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR). This CBRN will engage and apply the voices of the refugees in partnership with researchers to identify, prioritize, and carry out PCOR, emphasizing community-driven and sustainable methodologies. The CBRN will be designed and implemented with refugees and the stakeholder community in order to ensure engagement, long-term sustainability, inclusivity, and impact of the CBRN on refugee health. In addition, the CBRN will provide infrastructure for the effective dissemination and implementation (D&I) of relevant PCOR findings into settings to ultimately improve the health of this vulnerable population. 
Funder: PCORI
Award Number: 4051-UOCD
Project Period: 06/01/2017-05/31/2019​