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Department of

Family and Community Medicine

Current Research Projects

ECHO Telementoring for Chronic Pain, Epilepsy/Neurology, & Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Key Personnel: Susie McDonald, MA (Program Manager), Daniel Hargraves, MSW, & Sarah Brubaker, BA

Funding Agencies: AHEC, Anthem, Epilepsy Foundation, & Pfizer

The aim of this program is to diffuse knowledge and amplify the capacity to provide best practice care for underserved people across the region through Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) telementoring clinics on chronic pain, epilepsy/neurology, and medication assisted treatment.

For further information, please contact: Susie McDonald

EMPOWER: Evaluating the ability to reduce Morphine equivalent dose for chronic Pain patients receiving Opioid-therapy through a Web-based E-health self-management program: a Randomized multi-site clinical trial in primary care

Principal Investigator: Theresa Winhusen, PhD (Principal Investigator), Chris White, MD, JD, MHA (UC Site Investigator), Rowena Dolor, MD (Duke Primary Care Site Investigator), & Mary Beth Vonder Meulen, RN, CCRC (UC Research Site Coordinator)

Funding Agency: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

To compare the effectiveness of a web-based Chronic Pain Management Program (e-Health) to Treatment as Usual (TAU) on reducing opioid dosage and pain scores in primary care patients with chronic pain, currently taking chronic opioid medications. 

For further information, please contact: Mary Beth Vonder Meulen

Mind-Body Skills Course

Principal Investigator: Sian Cotton, PhD

Funding Agency: Interact for Health; Provost’s Office

The Student Mindfulness Program at the University of Cincinnati (UC) aims to reduce stress and burnout and enhance mental and emotional well-being for students by offering a course that combines training in mind-body skills with group support that leads to enhanced self-care. These mind-body skills training groups provide students with the resources to adaptively deal with stressors, which in turn, may lead to improved overall well-being, empathy and ultimately, improved patient care and healthier balanced professionals. The Mind-Body Skills course is offered to students in the Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Allied Health, Law, DAAP, CCM, and Arts & Sciences.

For further information, please contact: Susie McDonald

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Principal Investigator: Charles Doarn, MBA 

Funding Agency: NASA 

This activity sponsors a significant portion of the PI's salary to support NASA's Chief Health and Medical Officer in a variety of tasks associated with men and women in extreme environments. This includes significant writing, development of medical policy and reviewing risks associated with human spaceflight. Additional tasks include serving as the co-chair of the Federal Government's Telemedicine (FedTel) working group. 

For further information, please contact: Charles Doarn

Ohio Cardiovascular Health Collaborative (OCHC)

Principal Investigator: Michael Holliday, MD

Funding Agency: Ohio Department of Medicaid, Government Resource Center

 The OCHC will aggregate and disseminate best practices for care in cardiovascular disease (CVD). Case Western Reserve University serves as the lead institution  to assist in preparing Medicaid providers in Ohio to address the social determinants of health and improve health outcomes for our most vulnerable populations, specifically those diagnosed with hypertension and other CVDs.

The project will create a repository through web presence to share best practice resources. Project deliverables include implementing education for standardizing CVD care in primary care practices with interprofessional care providers. Teleconferencing will also play a role in disseminating modules, using existing resources such as Project ECHO.

For further information, please contact: Michael Holliday, MD

Primary Care Training and Enhancement (PCTE) MAT Supplemental

Principal Investigator: Jeff Schlaudecker, MD, MEd

Funding Agency: Health Resources and Services Administration

The Primary Care Training and Enhancement program aims to strengthen the primary care workforce by supporting enhanced training for future primary care clinicians, teachers and researchers and promoting primary care practice in rural and underserved areas. Family Medicine residents and faculty physicians along with community healthcare professionals will gain knowledge and confidence in identifying and treating opioid use and other substance disorder with Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) through discreet activities that provide, discussion of challenges and facilitators, hands-on experiences and direct exposure to treatment methods. The goal is to increase the number of MAT providers in our region to mitigate the toll of the opioid epidemic.

For further information, please contact: Jeffrey Schlaudecker

Randomized Control Trial of an over-the-counter homeopathic rubbing oil vs. placebo rubbing oil for immediate relief of leg and foot neuropathy pain

Principal Investigator: Chris White, MD, JD, MHA

Funding Agency: Wise Consumer Products Company 

The aim of this research is to study whether a currently available over-the-counter homeopathic Neuropathy Rubbing Oil Product produces superior pain relief compared to placebo in patients with peripheral neuropathy on the legs and/or feet as measured by a modified Neuropathy Pain Scale (NPS). 

For further information, please contact: Chris White

Family Medicine Student with Research Presentation

Chris White, MD

Research Division Director

For More Information:

Program Coordinator
Sarah Brubaker
University of Cincinnati
Dept. of Family and Community Medicine
Research Division
MSB,  ML 0582, Room 4455
231 Albert Sabin Way
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0582