EVALUATING A MEDICAID BRAIN INJURY WAIVER PROGRAM

Project Details

Description

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The specific research interests of this
applicant are in the areas of health services research and in the psychometric
properties of functional assessment tools used in such programming. In an
effort to become an independent and competitive investigator in the field of
health services research, the applicant proposes to expand her skills in
economics and advanced statistics and measurement.

The applicant is a licensed Social Worker with an advanced degree in Public
Health (Dr.PH). The primary mentor of this research career development proposal
is Dr. Allen Heinemann, an expert in Health Services Research and in the
application of measurement techniques. Dr Heinemann is a distinguished senior
investigator in his field and has mentored the academic career of many young
investigators. He has served as Principal Investigator on numerous grants.

Research Plan: The primary objective of the proposed research project is to
characterize and quantify the effectiveness and efficiency of a state Brain
Injury Waiver Case Management Program. Additionally, the tool used to assess
need and to make determination of covered services will be assessed for its
psychometric properties in terms of construct and concurrent validity. Previous
work by the applicant demonstrates participation in calibration of functional
assessment tools and in projects related to health outcomes for persons with
disabilities. The proposed work will extend the application of measurement
theory into a new area of health services research.

Career Development Plan: In addition to the execution of the research plan, the
applicant plans to enroll in relevant economic and advanced statistics and
measurement courses at Northwestern University and University of Illinois at
Chicago to increase her knowledge and to gain experience in the evaluation of
health outcomes and associated costs and to develop skills in the area of
measurement and rating scale analysis. This will be accomplished with the
support and mentoring by Dr. Heinemann and the other expert consultants.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date5/1/013/31/07

Funding

  • Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: $105,707.00
  • Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: $100,147.00
  • Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: $98,497.00
  • Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: $61,264.00
  • Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: $95,942.00
  • Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: $30,359.00

ASJC

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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