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$8 Million Grant to Tackle Opioid Crisis

The Collaborative to Advance Health Services at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies, in partnership with the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, has been sub-awarded a $8 million dollar grant for two years as part of a $24 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to support primary-care providers in the prevention and treatment of opioid use disorders.

The grant is in response to national leaders in October declaring America’s opioid epidemic a public-health emergency — a designation typically reserved for natural disasters. At that time, SAMHSA announced a new technical-assistance effort in providing state-of-the-art clinical support to providers and to address preventing, treating and supporting recovery from substance-use disorders with a focus on opioid use disorders.

“This award to address the opioid epidemic in Missouri and other states demonstrates the unfailing commitment of UMKC and its School of Nursing and Health Studies to our citizens in the Kansas City region and the state,” said Ann Cary, dean of the UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies. “Our uniquely talented professionals and support staff in our Collaborative unit within the school offers unrelenting quality in the provision of health services to our communities, and we are grateful for their enduring talent and leadership.”

The Collaborative to Advance Health Services at UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies is home to several national-based centers that implement evidence-based clinical practices into substance use and mental health treatment. It will receive $4 million a year for two years. This project is an unprecedented alliance of physician, nurse, allied healthcare and behavioral health organizations with broad national, regional and state networks and technical expertise in preventing, treating and supporting recovery from substance use disorders.

The Collaborative will lead 10 regional Addiction Technology Transfer Centers to leverage well-established state-level relationships to build the national technical-assistance infrastructure using proven implementation strategies, said Holly Hagle, co-director of the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network, UMKC assistant research professor and principal investigator on the grant for UMKC. Other Collaborative members on the project are Laurie Krom, co-director of the ATTC Network, and Pat Stilen, director of the Mid-America ATTC Network.

“The team members of the Collaborative to Advance Health Services at the UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies are very excited to do this important work at a time of crisis for the country,” Hagle said. “Our hope is that it will have an impact on the people and communities who are suffering.”

Dean Ann Cary Represents Academic Nursing on National Health Research Forum Panel

Ann Cary, dean of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies, is a panelist at the 2017 National Health Research Forum.

Organized by Research!America, the forum will be held Sept. 7 in Washington, D.C. The forum sparks stimulating conversations among top leaders in government, industry, patient advocacy and academia about current issues that could impact the trajectory of medical and health research and innovation. Cary, PhD, MPH, RN, FNAP, FAAN, represents academic nursing on the panel.

With such uncertainty regarding the future of our nation’s scientific enterprise, thought leaders will come together to discuss potential solutions to challenges that could slow the pace of scientific progress.

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A Horse, Of Course

Nursing PhD student Sharon White-Lewis, with Sweet Pea, researches equine therapy for arthritis patients

Sharon White-Lewis earns a fair share of double takes as she’s driving her blue Mini Cooper with Sweet Pea’s head sticking out the passenger window.

“Is that a horse?” employees ask White-Lewis, a Ph.D. student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies, when she pulls up to drive-thru windows.

Sure is. Sweet Pea is her 175-pound miniature palomino. At 27 inches tall, this 7 year old attracts smiles and attention most anywhere she goes — especially when she’s wearing sneakers. White-Lewis, director of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and an associate professor at Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences, takes Sweet Pea to hospitals, hospice centers, domestic violence shelters, retirement communities and inpatient mental health facilities for children and adolescents.

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Unlike Any Other in the Nation

UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies and nine other leading Kansas City health-care institutions team up to create UMKC Health Sciences District

aerial photo of the new UMKC Health District

With a collaboration unlike any other in the nation, many of Kansas City’s leading health-care institutions announced that they have agreed to align more closely to form the UMKC Health Sciences District. The newly created district combines the unique expertise and services of 10 partners to spur research and community outreach in service of the Kansas City region and beyond. Continue reading

SoNHS Collaborates on $3.2 Million NIH Grant to Fund Novel Mobile ICU Recovery Program

Being discharged from an intensive care unit is good news for a patient. Researchers at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies are working to make sure it stays that way.

Intensive-care unit survivors are often overlooked for follow-up care. But two million of the five million Americans admitted to ICUs annually have or develop acute respiratory failure that often can lead to long-term cognitive, functional and psychological impairments known as post-intensive care syndrome.

Researchers believe a specialized recovery program, delivered in the patient’s home, can reduce the incidence of this syndrome among those discharged from ICUs.  A $3.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute funds the implementation and evaluation of a novel mobile critical-care recovery program by researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies.

This multidisciplinary research team anticipates that the outcome of this five-year trial could lead to the adoption of mobile critical-care recovery programs that could make a difference in the quality of life for intensive care survivors nationwide.

“This is an opportunity for clinicians to assist ICU survivors with reaching their highest potential of recovery,” said Sue Lasiter, Ph.D., R.N., associate professor at UMKC’s School of Nursing and Health Studies and co-investigator on the grant.

“This program is key for ICU survivors who have a hard time getting transportation to healthcare providers or who don’t feel well enough to travel to an ICU survivor clinic,” Lasiter said. Instead of risking rehospitalization and increased health care costs due to lack of post-hospital care, the mobile critical-care recovery program takes healthcare to the patients where they’re most accessible: At home.

Each patient in the trial will be followed for 12 months, significantly longer than previous studies of ICU survivors. During that year, the mobile care coordinator will visit ICU survivors every two weeks with support from a multidisciplinary team including an ICU physician, a geriatrician, a neuropsychologist and an ICU symptom management nurse. Lasiter is the only nurse member of the support team.

The research team will meet on a weekly basis to develop and continually revise a personalized recovery plan that incorporates patient and caregiver goals. Lasiter says her mobile critical care recovery program has two unique benefits:  the team is composed of critical care specialists who are familiar with the problems these patients frequently encounter; and the team involves the patients as members of their own care- planning team.

“This makes it truly patient-centered,” Lasiter said.

Lasiter joined the UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies in August 2016 from Indiana University.

“Having a doctoral-level nurse scholar, Dr. Sue Lasiter, as an essential member of this research team affirms the value of an interprofessional approach to researching interventions which can improve care outcomes for our patients,” said Ann Cary, dean of the UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies.

 

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