2011

Future Role of Community Health Workers for Reducing Health Disparities
Against the backdrop of national health care reform and Kentucky’s physician shortage, this study examined the impact of community health workers (specifically, Kentucky Homeplace) on health disparities in rural, medically underserved areas. Among the conclusions are that community health workers can increase the ability of indigent residents to access health care services and their compliance with physicians’ orders. (Presented at the AAMC’s Physician Workforce Research Conference, May 5-6, 2011, in National Harbor, Md.; and the Kentucky Rural Health Association’s 13th Annual Conference, July 21-22, 2011, in Bowling Green).

Meeting the Need of a Rural State for Primary Care Physicians: A Health Care Reform Challenge
No single policy can solve the shortage of primary care physicians; therefore, multiple approaches must be used at the local, state, and national levels. A new system of care, patient centering, to reform the health care system is also suggested. The article was published in the March/April 2011 issue of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. 

Pretraining Affects Morris Water Maze Performance with Different Patterns between Control and Ovariectomized plus D-Galactose-Injected Mice
There is little literature addressing the influences of the repeated Morris water maze (MWM) test on behavioral performance under physiological and neurodegenerative conditions. The results revealed that pretraining had distinctively different effects on MWM performances of vehicle control mice and Alzheimer’s disease model mice induced by ovariectomy plus injection of d-galactose after an 8-w interval. This interference effect should be considered during analyzing behavioral outcomes using repeated MWM tests. The article was published in the February 2011 issue of the journal Behavioural Brain Research. 

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