The Research Division's primary objective is to promote health among the most vulnerable. Simply stated, our goal is to blend research, advocacy, service, and student learning activities in an effort to change the health care system and improve the health of underserved Kansans.
The Research Division's numerous efforts to build blending research/service programs we have succeeded in developing a template that now serves as a framework for several large National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded research projects and programs. Our faculty has been recognized regionally and nationally.
With Dr. Greiner as an Associate Chair for Research and Research Division Director in the Department of Family Medicine he has overseen the Department's recent rise to a number twelve ranking in NIH dollars for 2012. The Research Division is involved in cutting edge clinical and behavioral science and the initial NIH funded studies testing implementation intentions interventions have produced nearly twofold improvements in preventive service utilization by patients and this work will likely result in a series of continuing grant projects to expand the concept and provide clinicians, patients and health systems new means to promote health and wellness.
One of Research Division's project is Kansas Community Cancer Disparities Network grant, an NIH-funded Cancer Networks Program Center U54 (one of 23 nationally), designed to improve cancer prevention and cancer outcomes in rural Latinos and American Indians across the state. Another NIH-funded program (P20) charged with improving health and studying solutions to health disparities for American Indians across the region. He is Principal Investigator on an NIH-funded R01 study testing the impact of a touch screen computer delivered implementation intentions intervention for improving colorectal cancer screening among American Indians (Native Touch to Screen). Most recently he received two pilot awards from KU's Cancer Center and Frontiers: Heartland Institute for Clinical and Translational Science to build a program for the study of links between diet, gastrointestinal bacteria, and colon cancer development with collaborators in the Cancer Prevention Program (Drs. Shri Anant and Shahid Umar).
The Research Division's main goal is to conduct research studies and to facilitate the studies of many others. The Research team has worked hard to build a health disparities infrastructure and a federated network of community partners. The team is continuously involved with the student directors of Jay-Doc Free clinic for the past eight years and have continued to build a variety of platforms for service and research, often including medical students, masters in public health students and family medicine residents in these activities. Over the last several years, much of Division's infrastructure has centered around "responsive service." This has taken the form of numerous health fairs, vaccination, and primary care service events. Partners have included the Wyandotte County Health Department, the U.S.D. 500 School District, Donnelly College, the Calvary Community Outreach Network, Expo Americas, the American Indian Health and Education Alliance, the United Methodist Mexican American Ministries Clinic Network, the Kansas City Mexican Consulate Office, El Centro, and many others. With over 25 "responsive service" events conducted by KUMC students and research staff over the past three years, the Research Division has overseen screenings, sports physicals, vaccinations and other services to over 5000 Kansans. Work with U.S.D. 500 led to development of the Bulldoc Clinic, a school-based health center run weekly in Wyandotte High School, Kansas City, KS. This has now become a program with linked adolescent health, STD/HIV, and mental health research components.
The Research Division works hard to legitimize a research approach that serves and responds to community needs, builds a platform to support new work led by the next generation of faculty, and produces cutting-edge scientific discovery. This has been accomplished while bridging across multiple underserved communities and working in both rural and urban corners of the state. The Division has set a new benchmark for translational researchers who seek to make a difference quickly and push for involvement from as many academic disciplines as possible in a quest to improve health.