CONTACT: BECKY SOGLIN
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-6660; fax (319) 335-8034
Release: Sept. 18, 2000
UI to help promote research network for improving medical care in rural
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Researchers in the University of Iowa Colleges of Medicine
and Public Health, in collaboration with the Iowa Academy of Family Physicians,
have received a three-year, $574,000 grant from the federal Health Resources
and Services Administration to help advance rural medical care. The grant
was effective Sept. 1.
The award will support the development of a network of rural family practices
that will conduct research to improve the quality of medical care in rural
settings. The collaboration, named the Iowa Rural Research Network (IRReNe),
will be led by principal investigators Cynda Johnson, M.D., UI professor and
head of family medicine, and Gary Rosenthal, M.D., UI associate professor
of internal medicine. Rosenthal also is a practitioner and researcher at the
Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Iowa City.
Arthur Hartz, M.D., Ph.D., UI professor of family medicine, will manage
the daily operation of the study. Researchers in the UI department of psychiatry
and the UI department of health management and policy will also be involved
in the study. Daryl Doorenbos, M.D., a family physician in Le Mars, and Steven
Wolfe, M.D., a family physician in Spencer, will lead the effort from the
Iowa Academy of Family Physicians.
Rural physicians and others who would like more information about IRReNe
can contact Hartz at (319) 384-7557 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Individuals with an idea for a study or who would like to help plan a study
should contact John Ely, M.D., UI associate professor of family medicine,
at (319) 384-7533.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between
the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient
care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.