By Lori Lammert, Cardi-OH project manager
A recent publication, “Forming Cardi-OH: A Statewide Collaborative to Improve Cardiovascular Health in Ohio” demonstrates how a collaborative amongst Ohio ‘s seven medical schools developed a useful framework for getting evidence-based best practices for cardiovascular health improvement into the hands of primary care providers. The peer-reviewed article published in Cureus includes co-author Heritage College Professor Elizabeth Beverly, Ph.D., who is site principal investigator for the collaborative, known as Cardi-OH. The article discusses the formation of the collaborative and shares the collective impact model utilized by the team. It highlights the importance of drawing upon each contributing institution’s strengths.
As part of the collaborative, Heritage College Cardi-OH team members contribute resources to share with primary care teams across the state. In addition to the initial focus on cardiovascular health, Cardi-OH now also disseminates best practices for diabetes care. Over the past year, Beverly and other Ohio University team members have contributed to tools such as Managing Diabetes in Older Populations, Mental Health and Chronic Conditions: Treating the Whole Patient to Improve Self-Care, Diabetes Distress: Screening Tools and Intervention Strategies, and Navigating Barriers to Medication Access. These tools build upon the existing successes of the group, which include an ongoing Project ECHO series that offers 12-week virtual, case-based clinics that create and support professional communities of learning and practice.
This project was launched in 2017 by the Ohio Department of Medicaid and the Ohio Colleges of Medicine Government Resource Center, working with Case Western Reserve University.
“We are five years into this collaborative and there has been a lot of sharing of information between experts across the state. Our team of primary care providers, specialists and social scientists have produced a great library of online tools to help health care professionals improve their knowledge of key issues around diabetes and cardiovascular health,” said Beverly, who is also Osteopathic Heritage Foundation Ralph S. Licklider, D.O., Endowed Professor in Behavioral Diabetes and co-director of the Diabetes Institute.
Cardi-OH team members at the Heritage College include Ken Johnson, D.O., Executive Dean and Chief Medical Affairs Office; Darlene Berryman, Ph.D., R.D., L.D., associate dean for research and innovation; Vishwajeet Puri, Ph.D., professor of biomedical sciences and co-director of the Diabetes Institute; Karie Cook, R.N., B.S.N., director of operations with the Diabetes Institute; Stacy Wright, R.N., M.S.N., outcomes and resources manager with the Diabetes Institute; Tracy Shaub, D.O., professor and interim Athens Dean; Rosellen Roche, M.D., Ph.D., professor of family medicine; Craig Nunemaker, Ph.D., associate professor of biomedical sciences; Bridget Lombard, D.O., assistant clinical professor of primary care; Melissa Thomas, Ph.D., assistant professor of primary care; Allyson Hughes, Ph.D., assistant professor of primary care; Amber Healy, D.O., associate clinical professor of specialty medicine; Karen Bailey, M.S., R.D., L.D., C.D.E., diabetes educator; and Lori Lammert, M.A., project manager. From the College of Health Sciences and Professions, Alexander Sergeev, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., associate professor of public health, also participates.
Health care professionals and others interested in the collaborative can sign up to receive the newsletter at cardi-oh.org, listen to the Cardi-OH Radio podcast, or follow the collaborative on twitter.