The Commonwealth Institute of Kentucky announces 9 state-university partnerships

The Commonwealth Institute of Kentucky (CIK) is pleased to announce that nine State-University Partnerships (SUPs) have been selected by the Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services (DMS) to receive funding for Fiscal Years 2021 and 2022. The SUP offers a unique funding opportunity, leveraging university funds to receive a federal match, while supporting state government to make informed policy decisions around its Medicaid program. While the projects are budget-neutral to the state, DMS provides administrative support to execute contracts with the university, provides Medicaid data as needed, and submits the projects to the US Department for Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as well as the Kentucky Cabinet of Health and Human Services.

Five of the current projects are supported by the infrastructure of CIK and led by faculty in the School of Public Health and Information Sciences. Four projects are housed in the School of Medicine; of these, two are supported by the Child and Adolescent Health Research Design and Support (CAHRDS) unit that began in years prior and has proven to impact policies implemented by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. All nine projects employ the skills and expertise of Commonwealth Scholars across the university. Each project and principal investigator (PI) are listed below.

Kentucky is relatively new to using this mechanism to expand its research capacity, but has joined the State-University Partnership Learning Network (SUPLN) in an effort to learn from others and create policies and processes for engaging researchers in its many public universities. The SUPLN has connected Kentucky and UofL to universities across the nation that have established these partnerships and employed systems to make the opportunity beneficial to faculty and to their state partners.

The mission of CIK is to impact both policy and practice to improve population health. This is an exciting opportunity for CIK and the University of Louisville, and we see great potential to utilize SUPs to support research across the university.

CIK--School of Public Health & Information Sciences

Alcohol Use Disorder: Its Risk Factors, Comorbidity, and Long-term Care Cost (Co-PI's: Dr. Maiying Kong and Dr. Karunarathna Kulasekera)

The Effect of Market Changes on KY Medicaid: Utilization and Cost Savings for Three Chronic Diseases (PI: Dr. Seyed Karimi)

Systemic Complications of Oral Diseases among Medicaid Beneficiaries with Type 2 Diabetes in Kentucky (PI: Dr. Bert Little)

Predictive Analytics for Type 2 diabetes with Social Determinants of Health in Medicaid Beneficiaries (PI: Dr. Bert Little)

Identifying and Removing Barriers to Treatment of Hepatitis C infection in KY Medicaid (PI: Dr. Bert Little)

School of Medicine

Disparities in Cancer Screening Using Cancer Registry Data (PI: Dr. Michael Egger)

Colorectal Cancer Surveillance Patterns After Initial Treatment in Young Adults with Medicaid (PI: Dr. C. Tyler Ellis)

Gastroesophageal Reflux in the Era of Medical and Surgical Treatments: A Look at Cost Effectiveness and Practice Patterns in Kentucky Medicaid Patients (PI: Dr. Farid Kehdy)

School of Medicine--CAHRDS Unit

Improving Care Quality for Children Receiving KY Medicaid (PI: Dr. Deborah Davis)
-- Interventions to decrease antibiotic use
-- Safeguarding the prescribing of psychotropic medication in youth

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