The Wisconsin Partnership Program’s Partnership Education and Research Committee awarded the following Collaborative Health Sciences Program grants in 2011:

Medical Homes for High-Risk Pregnant Women in Southeast Wisconsin: Do They Improve Birth Outcomes

Jonathan Jaffery, MD, Medicine
Award: $199,541 over two years

"Medical homes" create a one-stop system to coordinate care for the medical and psychosocial needs of high-risk pregnant women and encourage patients and families to be active participants in their health. Southeast Wisconsin cities currently have high infant mortality rates for African-American babies, a focus of a broader Wisconsin Partnership initiative.

This study explores whether medical homes improve birth outcomes. Dr. Jonathan Jaffery will evaluate a pilot program, launched by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, which enrolls high-risk pregnant women in southeast Wisconsin into medical homes.

Predicting Alzheimer's Disease Using Multimodal Machine Learning

Sterling Johnson, PhD, Medicine
Award: $299,539 over three years

This proposal expands research in multi-modal machine learning methods to better identify Alzheimer's disease at different stages.

Dr. Sterling Johnson, an Alzheimer's disease expert and associate professor of medicine, will study how data from multiple biomarkers can best be combined to predict future cognitive decline, and to identify people who have Alzheimer's or may develop the disease in the future.

Preparing Health Educators to Address Behavior Health Determinants Through Health Care Settings

Richard Brown, MD, MPH, Family Medicine and Community Health
Award: $300,000 over three years

This project will develop a workforce of baccalaureate-level health educators to systematically administer evidence-based, cost-saving behavioral screening and intervention services -including tobacco, alcohol, and depression screening - in health care settings in Wisconsin.

Dr. Richard Brown will work with co-principal investigator Dr. Gary Gilmore, professor and director of Graduate Community Health and Public Health Programs at UW-La Crosse, on this collaborative project. Ultimately, the goal is that all health care settings deliver preventive services to address the common behavioral risks and conditions that account for over 40 percent of deaths and 75 percent of chronic disease in the United States.