MetroHealth/CWRU-led Research Team Awarded $2.0 Million Grant to Create Free Health Risk Appraisal Tool – Tool will be shared with primary care practices throughout the U.S

By | September 30, 2011

Half of the deaths before age 65 can be attributed to lifestyle factors. Determining what factors are under the control of the individual and which may be impacted by social or medical interventions may help reduce those deaths. A Health Risk Appraisal (HRA) can be an important tool in that assessment, but currently an inexpensive, easy-to-use version does not exist. Researchers at the Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) Center for Health Care Research and Policy at MetroHealth have just received a 4-year $1.95 million grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to change that. The researchers will work to create a free, technologically-updated tool that will be shared with primary care practices throughout the United States.   > Read more.   (posted 10/2011)Read more, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

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About Joseph J. Sudano

I have been trained as a medical sociologist and health services researcher and am currently a faculty member in the Population Health Unit in the Center for Health Care Research and Policy, Case Western Reserve University at The MetroHealth System and Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University. I am also the Director of Education in the Center for Reducing Health Disparities at Case Western Reserve University. My current research interests include: disparities in health care access, utilization and health outcomes concentrating on minorities and other vulnerable populations; social determinants of health including community/contextual characteristics (e.g., residential segregation, SES/poverty, job opportunities); measurement equivalence, validity and item-response theory in cross-cultural health status measurement; culturally-specific health beliefs and behaviors; general cognitive ability, personality, and education in relationship to health status and health behaviors; structural equation modeling/path analysis in health outcomes research; health related survey data collection and analysis; international health services research.