CVD is the leading cause of death in Maine. Project will focus on developing a gender-based approach to two Healthy People 2010 objectives concerning high blood pressure and action taken to control high blood pressure by increasing the proportion of adults who engage in moderate physical activity and consume health fruits and vegetables. Project will embed gender-based approaches to managing chronic conditions into primary care and family medicine systems of care via existing care model collaboratives. Develop a strategic plan to share outcomes and resources for spread to other chronic conditions within Maine's health care systems. Project will incorporate mental health screenings and analyze data by gender.
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The Maine Nutrition Network (MNN) Food Stamp Nutrition Education (FSNE)Plan FY 08 consists of multiple projects that impact three main goals. These goals include sustaining a collaborative of state and local partners to accomplish innovative nutrition education program; support environments in which Maine children choose active lifestyles and make informed food choices that support optimal health; and provide opportunities for Maine adults to make appropriate food choices and have increased accessibility to food and physical activity choices that support optimal health. The Office of Integrated Access and Support and the Maine DCD collaborate with Muskie to effectively reach these goals through training and technical assistance to schools and communities that reach Maine people who are eligible to participate in the Food Stamp Program.
The Maine Nutrition Network (MNN) Food Stamp Nutrition Education (FSNE) Plan for FY 07 consists of multiple projects that impact three main goals. The overall goals of this project include sustaining a collaborative partnership of state and local organizations to accomplish innovative nutrition education programs; supporting environments in which Maine children choose active lifestyles and make informend food choices that support optimal health; and providing opportunities for Maine adults to make acppropriate food choices and have increased accessibility to food and physical activity choices that support optimal health. The Office of Integrated Access and Support and the Maine CDC collaborate with Muskie to effectively reach these goals through training and technical assitance to schools and communities that reach Maine people who are eligible to participate in the Food Stamp Program.
Muskie/IPSI will partner with Maine DHHS Office of Substance Abuse to provide epidemiological services for Maine?s Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant. Activities include providing staff support to a statewide epidemiological workgroup, conducting a state-level needs and resources assessment, and initiating GIS (Geographical Information System) mapping to identify existing data sources and their appropriate use. This will bring systematic, analytical thinking to the causes and consequences of substance abuse in order to effectively and efficiently utilize substance abuse prevention resources
The overall objective of this project is to measure the degree to which fear of medical malpractice litigation motivates physicians to practice positive defensive medicine, which includes ordering tests, procedures, and/or medications that offer little or no clinical benefit to patients. Using medical and pharmaceutical claims data from a large national heath insurance company, we will use regression analyses to relate physicians' malpractice premiums and county-level medical malpractice filing rates to the costs of diagnosing and treating a wide range of clinical conditions. Our analyses will allow us to: (a) identify diagnoses/conditions in which defensive medicine occurs, (b) measure dollar costs associated with defensive medicine in each of these conditions, and (c) identify specific health care resources (types of tests, procedures, and medications) being used defensively in each of these conditions. In addition to two types of malpractice tort signals -- medical malpractice premium data obtained from state insurance departments and commercial services that offer these data, and county-level malpractice suit filing rates obtained from state court administrative agencies --the project data base will include claims from a commercial population of 10.5 million people residing in 48 states that have been grouped into episodes of care using Symmetry Health Data System's Episode Treatment Group methodology.