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Drs. Anika Alvanzo & Raquel Greer Score Perfect Tens!

Not one but two GIM faculty members have been notified that their recent proposals for K23 grants have each received perfect scores of ten.

Anika Alvanzo, MD, MS proposed “The PERMSS Project: Promoting Education and Research on Mood, Stress, and Substances.” She will target hair salons as novel, community-based survey sites for gathering information on the prevalence of trauma exposure, post-traumatic stress symptoms and high risk drinking in non-treatment seeking, urban and predominantly Black women. The project also seeks to determine the acceptability and feasibility of integrating computer-delivered screening in the salon setting and of establishing a network of community partners and participating sites to provide an ongoing mechanism for community partner integration. Dr. Alvanzo also plans for the study to include in-depth interviews with subjects in order to learn more about the co-occurrence of these major health problems in this understudied population.

Dr. GreerRaquel Greer, MD, MHS excelled in her proposal entitled” Improving Primary Care to Narrow Racial Disparities in Chronic Kidney Disease.” Her research stems from her contention that high quality primary care for patients with CKD creates opportunities for patients to identify and treat their risks for CKD progression and represents a key strategy for both improving patients’ clinical outcomes overall and for addressing racial disparities in CKD. She proposes three complimentary and innovative studies to explore the relation between the quality and receipt of primary care for patients with CKD and racial disparities in CKD outcomes. The research will then seek to identify patient-, provider-, and system-level factors that explain this relationship. Together, the three studies will aim to identify key influences on racial disparities in CKD that will be targeted to develop effective interventions to improve disparities.

Congratulations to both Dr. Alvanzo and Dr. Greer on their winning proposals, and best wishes on their ambitious and innnovative research projects!