Current Research

Sonoran UCEDD Future Planning: A Roadmap

Principal Investigator: Lynne T Tomasa
Funding Agency: Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council

Sonoran UCEDD Future Planning: A Roadmap for Family Caregivers 2nd Edition    MORE

AHCCCS Home and Community Based Regulations Person Centered Planning (PCP) Project

Principal Investigator: Leslie J. Cohen, JD
Funding Agency: Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System

AHCCCS Home and Community Based Regulations Person Centered Planning (PCP) Project

University Center for Excellence in Disabilities, Education, Research & Services

Principal Investigator: Leslie J. Cohen, JD
Funding Agency: Administration for Community Living

University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities    MORE

AZ Youth in Transition

Principal Investigator: Tamsen L. Bassford, MD
Funding Agency: Special Hope Foundation

The Sonoran UCEDD working with the COM and our established patient centered medical home for adults with developmental disabilities will increase the capacity of future and current health care providers to facilitate effective transitions form pediatric to adult health care for youth with DD.

Health Care to You: Adults with DD in SA

Principal Investigator: Tamsen L. Bassford, MD
Funding Agency: Special Hope Foundation

The Sonoran UCEDD and the Arizona Telemedicine Program (ATP) will bring stakeholders together to assess needs and develop a plan to improve health for adults with DD by providing telemedicine specialty and sub- specialty services in rural and underserved communities in Arizona.

Patient Centered Medical Home

Principal Investigator: Tamsen L. Bassford, MD
Funding Agency: Special Hope Foundation

The Sonoran UCEDD has developed a model coordinated primary care program for youth/adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, embedded in the UA's DFCM resident teaching clinic. The CPSD at the AHSC has reached an agreement with AZ Medicaid to utilize AHCCCS data in support of health equity, enhanced health, and reduced health-care cost in AZ. FCM will compare quality/cost outcomes.    MORE

RISE Workforce Development Program

Principal Investigator: Tamsen L. Bassford, MD
Funding Agency: Cenpatico Integrated Care

To provide employment services through the Integrated Healthcare Recovery Support Specialist Institute (IHRSSI) to eligible adults in order to obtain and/or maintain competitive employment and personal recovery as Certified Recovery Support Specialists (CRSS) within the behavioral health community.    MORE

ArtWorks

Principal Investigator: Yumi Shirai, PhD
Funding Agency: Arizona Department of Economic Security

ArtWorks is an outreach program housed in Sonoran University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the University of Arizona, Department of Family & Community Medicine. ArtWorks is a community that provides creative and expressive arts interactions between adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and University of Arizona students.    MORE

Project I-AADAPT

Principal Investigator: Yumi Shirai, PhD
Funding Agency: Office of the Arizona Attorney General

Project I-AADAPT (Identify and Address Alzheimer's and Dementia in Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities through Prevention and Training): A Program for Family Members, Caregivers  

Project Together: Expressing Bereavement through Peer-Based Interdisciplinary Arts for Adults with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Principal Investigator: Yumi Shirai, PhD
Funding Agency: National Endowment for the Arts

Project Together provides opportunities for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to articulate grief at the death of a parent caregiver or close family member through art-making at the University of Arizona ArtWorks Studio. The project will enhance, implement and evaluate a twelve-week expressive arts curriculum that facilitates a group bereavement process for adults with IDD. It will engage audiences and raise community awareness through presentation of the artists’ works at the University Art Museum

Community Engagement Research

Principal Investigator: Colleen K. Cagno, MD
Funding Agency: Arizona AHEC

Evaluating an Interdisciplinary Group Prenatal Program to Improve Health Outcomes Among Somali Refugees in Southern Arizona.

(UG) Effect of Helpers Program On-line Training

Principal Investigator: Myra L. Muramoto, MD, MPH
Funding Agency: National Cancer Institute

Effect of Helpers Program On-line Training on Smoking Relapse and Social Network

Community Development Block Grant

Principal Investigator: Myra L. Muramoto, MD, MPH
Funding Agency: Pima County Department of Community Development and Neighborhood Conservation

To provide needed upgrades and repairs to the Mobile Health Program's mobile clinic and medical equipment.

Mobile Health Program

Principal Investigator: Myra L. Muramoto, MD, MPH
Funding Agency: American Academy of Family Physicians

To upgrade medical equipment and supplies.    MORE

Mobile Health Program, FCM

Principal Investigator: Myra L. Muramoto, MD, MPH
Funding Agency: Pima County Department of Community Development and Neighborhood Conservation

The Mobile Health Program (MHP) at the University of Arizona Department of Family and Community Medicine requests funds to provide medical care, health intervention and prevention services that address disparities among diverse populations residing in Federally-designated Medically Underserved Rural Areas.    MORE

Mobile Health Vehicle Lease

Principal Investigator: Myra L. Muramoto, MD, MPH
Funding Agency: March of Dimes National Foundation

Mobile Health Vehicle Lease and $50,000 to assist with staffing and supplying the vehicle to provide medical care to underserved populations in Southern Arizona for 3 years.

Oral Health Service to Underserved Children

Principal Investigator: Myra L. Muramoto, MD, MPH
Funding Agency: Delta Dental Foundation

Oral Health Service to Underserved Children

Oral Health Services for First Smiles

Principal Investigator: Myra L. Muramoto, MD, MPH
Funding Agency: Pima County, Arizona

Oral Health Services for First Smiles Matter

Tobacco Cessation Brief Intervention Training for Behavioral Health

Principal Investigator: Myra L. Muramoto, MD, MPH
Funding Agency: Arizona Biomedical Research Commission  

Persons with serious mental illness (SMI) treated in public systems die approximately 25 years earlier than the general US population, and 30 years earlier in Arizona. Causes of this premature mortality are the same chronic diseases affecting the general adult population, e.g. heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes. Smoking is closely linked with these chronic diseases and related health care costs. Smoking prevalence among Arizona adults is 15%  - for those with SMI and other behavioral health disorders, smoking prevalence is estimated at 30-50%.  Peer mental health mentors have a unique role in behavioral health care: increasing client engagement, helping clients navigate health systems, offering a bridge between clients and their medical and behavioral treatment teams. They may be an untapped resource for increasing smoking cessation in behavioral health clients.  Our project goals are to adapt our existing Helpers tobacco cessation training program to prepare behavioral health professionals and peer mental health mentors to motivate their clients to engage in evidence-based tobacco cessation treatment and implement clinical practice changes to support cessation. We will conduct a pilot study to evaluate the feasibility and acceptability the training and practice changes, and evaluate the program’s impact with surveys and insurance claims data.

University of Arizona RISE Health & Wellness Program

Principal Investigator: Randa M. Kutob, MD, MPH
Funding Agency: Cenpatico Integrated Care

Nine week Camp for Tucson Area Participants. Each Camp includes skills training and peer support services in the areas of Health Education, Physical Activity, Nutrition and Cooking Skills, Stress Management, Mindfulness, and Tobacco Education as well as elective offerings. Each Camp serves approximately 26 members or approximately 130 members annually.    MORE

Creating a "Picture of Life" for Transit

Principal Investigator: Jacy K. Farkas
Funding Agency: Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council

Creating a "Picture of Life" for Transitioning youth with Developmental Disabilities in Foster Care.    MORE

(UG) Native American Research Centers for Health (NARCH)

Principal Investigator: Teshia G. Solomon, PhD
Funding Agency: Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Incorporated

Native American Research Centers for Health (NARCH): Student Development Core, Faculty Development Core    MORE

TFAP

Principal Investigator: Anne M. Ryan, Esq., JD
Funding Agency: Private Donors

Program Support for a medical-legal  partnership between the Tucson Family Advocacy Program and the Family Medicine Clinic at Alvernon.    MORE

Tucson Family Advocacy Program

Principal Investigator: Anne M. Ryan, Esq., JD
Funding Agency: Southern Arizona Legal Aid, Incorporated

Legal partnership between the Tucson Family Advocacy Program and Southern Arizona Legal Aid, Inc., (SALA) to improve the health and welfare of low income patients and their families.    MORE

American Indian Youth Medical Wellness Camp

Principal Investigator: Francine C. Gachupin, PhD, MPH, CIP
Funding Agency: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (Mayo Clinic)

American Indian Youth Medical Wellness Camp    More

Summer Medical Wellness Camp

Principal Investigator: Francine C. Gachupin, PhD, MPH, CIP
Funding Agency: Private Donors

To support NARTC and Training Center's participation, camp site, transportation, and Slide Rock state park fees for the Summer Medical Wellness Camp.  

Improving Advance Care Planning for Cancer Patients

Principal Investigator: Julie S. Armin, PhD
Funding Agency: American Academy of Family Physicians

Improving Advance Care Planning for Cancer Patients Through Better Care Coordination: Seeking Insights from Family Physicians, Medical Oncologists, and People Living with Cancer

Expanding Patient-Centered Cancer Care

Principal Investigator: Heidi Hamann PhD
Funding Agency: Merck Foundation

Expanding Patient-Centered Cancer Care for Underserved Patients in Southern Arizona    MORE