As part of the program, Deanna will work on research to improve health equity for vulnerable populations. She is interested in implementation science and the translation of research into community practice and policy. Deanna hopes to work on applied research that adds to the body of evidence around the utilization and clinical implementation of the Adverse Childhood Experiences Questionnaire to improve management of chronic conditions and increase access to community resources that support proactive factors. Deanna is also interested in the evaluation and implementation of accreditation efforts, quality improvement, and performance management systems, which are the underpinnings that create an efficient public health system to effectively serve communities.
MORE ABOUT DEANNA
During college, Deanna was in a horrendous car accident in which she suffered a traumatic brain injury and fell through the cracks of the medical system. Yet, she thrived and chose to focus her work on creating a supportive local public health system to help the most vulnerable populations.
DISSERTATION GRANT AWARDEE — MAY 2020
Hospital Cross-Sector Partnerships to Improve Health Outcomes
This study sought to conduct a taxonomic analysis of hospital cross-sector partnerships and determine the associations between partnership taxonomy and wrap around services and readmission rates. The central hypothesis is that 30-day unplanned readmission estimates are lower among hospitals with broader cross-sector partnerships, more formalized partnership engagement, and case management services.
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