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  • Providing Accountable Care: Comparing the delivery of Primary Care in the UK and USA through Accountable Care Systems and Organisations
    National Association of Primary Care - UK
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  • Registered Nurses: Partners in Transforming Primary Care
    Proceedings of a conference on Preparing Registered Nurses for Enhanced Roles in Primary Care
    Chaired by: Thomas Bodenheimer, MD, MPH and Diana Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN
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  • Using Health Information Technology to Improve Adherence to Opioid Prescribing Guidelines in Primary Care
    Anderson, Daren; Zlateva, Ianita; Khatri, Khushbu; Ciaburri, Nicholas 
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  • Development and validation of the Medical Home Care Coordination Survey for assessing care coordination in the primary care setting from the patient and provider perspectives
    Zlateva, Ianita; Anderson, Daren; Coman, Emil; Khatri, Khushbu; Tian, Terrence; Fifield, Judith
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  • Addressing Primary Care Access and Workforce Challenges: Voices from the Field
    Flinter, Margaret
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  • The Emerging Primary Care Workforce: Preliminary Observations From the Primary Care Team: Learning From Effective Ambulatory Practices Project
    Ladden, Maryjoan D.; Bodenheimer, Thomas; Fishman, Nancy W.; Flinter, Margaret; Hsu, Clarissa; Parchman, Michael; Wagner, Edward H
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  • Project ECHO: Replicating a Novel Model to Enhance Access to Hepatitis C Care in a Community Health Center
    Khatri, K., et al, Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
    Khushbu Khatri, Marwan Haddad, Daren Anderson

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  • Incorporating Play Therapy Into An Integrated Model Of Care
    Nash, J., Play Therapy 2013
    Julie Blundon Nash, PhD, LP, RPT-S

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  • Combining Photovoice and Focus Groups: Engaging Latina Teens in Community Assessment
    Hanney, J., et al., American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2013
    Jayme Hannay, MPH, PhD, Robert Dudley, MD, MEd,
    Stephanie Milan, PhD, Paula K. Leibovitz, MS, RD, CDE

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  • Integrating buprenorphine maintenance therapy into federally qualified health centers: Real-world substance abuse treatment outcomes 
    Haddad, M.S., et al., Drug and Alcohol Dependence 2013
    Marwan S. Haddad a, Alexei Zelenev b, Frederick L. Altice b,c
    a. Community Health Center, Inc., Middletown, CT, USA 
    b. Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA 
    c. Yale University School of Public Health, New Haven, CT, USA

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  • The Impact of the Election at the Bedside
    SGIM Forum 2012; 35(12)
    Douglas P. Olson, MD
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  • Otitis media exposure associates with dietary preference and adiposity: A community-based observational study of at-risk preschoolers
    Physiology & Behavior 106 (2012) 264–271
    Heather L. Peracchio a, Kerah E. Henebery a, Mastaneh Sharafi a, John E. Hayes b, Valerie B. Duffy a
    a. Department of Allied Health Sciences, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269, United States
    b. Department of Food Science, College of Agricultural Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, United States


    Chronic exposure to otitis media (OM) has been linked to risk of overweight/obesity. Here we tested if dietary behaviors explained some of the OM–adiposity relationship among 485 racially-diverse, low-income preschoolers (253 girls,mean age=45±7 months) enrolled in government-supported urban preschool programs. From measured weight/height, 4% were underweight, 17% were overweight and 13% were obese. OMexposure according to parent report varied across nearly equal quartiles—low(never, once) to high (3–5 times, 6+times) exposure categories. Boys were more likely to be in the high exposure categories. Parents rated their child's liking/disliking of foods (high-fat/added sugar, fruits/juice, vegetables) and non-food activities. In analysis of covariance (ANCOVA),mean liking for vegetables and fruits/juice fell as OMexposure increased,with significant differences between lowest and highest exposure categories (pb.05). Food neophobic versus non-neophobic preschoolers also liked vegetables and fruits less (pb.001). In a two-way ANCOVA, main effects of OM and food neophobia independently predicted vegetable and fruit liking; preschoolers with more OM exposure and neophobia had the lowest liking. Although ANCOVA failed to reveal OM effects on mean liking for fat/sugar foods, the relative ranking of liking for these foods differed by OM category. Fat/sugar foods were ranked as most preferred for the high OM children, particularly the boys, surpassing the ranking of pleasurable non-food items. Conversely, low OM children ranked pleasurable non-food items and fruits/juice as more pleasurable than high OM children. BMI percentile varied with OM exposure, but not neophobia: preschoolers with the greatest exposure averaged the highest percentiles. In multiple regression analyses, liking for vegetables or fruits failed to associate significantlywith BMI percentile. Therewas a small but significant association between greater fat/sugar liking and higher BMI percentile. Overall these findings confirmassociations between high OMexposure and elevated adiposity in preschoolers. They also suggest this relationship is explained through lower affinity for vegetables and fruits and greater affinity for fat/sugar foods.  

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  • Skin carotenoid status measured by resonance Raman spectroscopy as a biomarker of fruit and vegetable intake in preschool children
    Eur J Clin Nutr. 2012 May; 66(5); 555-560. NIH Public Access Author Manuscript
    S Scarmo 1, K Henebery 2, H Peracchio 2, B Cartmel 1,3, H Lin 1, IV Ermakov 4, W Gellermann 4, PS Bernstein 5, VB Duffy 2, and STMayne 1,3
    1. Yale School of Public Health, Division of Chronic Disease Epidemiology, New, Haven, CT, USA
    2. Department of Allied Health Sciences, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA
    3. Yale Cancer Center, New Haven, CT, USA
    4. Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA
    5. Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Moran Eye Center, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT, USA

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  • Medical nutrition therapy, physical activity, and health maintenance considerations for patients with diabetes
    Drug Topics: Voice of the Pharmacist, October 2012. Vol. 156. No. 10. Pages 48-55
    Stefanie C. Nigro, PharmD, BCACP, BC-ADM, Assistant Clinical Professor, University of Connecticut School of Pharmact, Storrs, CT. and Kara Ellis, MS, RD, CDN, Registered Dietician, Community Health Center, Inc., New Britain, CT.

    With the prevalence of diabetes on the rise, timely and ongoing interventions are needed to promote healthy living and prevent chronic disease. Lifestyle modifi cations such as medical nutrition therapy (MNT) and physical activity have been shown to improve metabolic control, reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and decrease mortality. Therefore, all patients with pre-diabetes or existing diabetes should receive formal and ongoing MNT counseling in conjunction with regular physical activity. Meal planning utilizing all macronutrients is recommended to meet normal nutrient needs and glycemic control.
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  • Living Smart, Living Fit: A Patient-Centered Program to Improve Perinatal Outcomes in a Community Health Center Population
    Journal of Primary Care & Community Health
    J. Nwando Olayiwola, MD, MPH, FAAFP, O. Corazon Irizarry, BS, Kelli O’Connell, BA and Stephanie Milan, Ph.D.

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  • Community Health Centers and the Patient-Centered Medical Home: Challenges and Opportunities to Reduce Health Care Disparities in America
    Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved Volume 23, Number 3, August 2012 pp. 949-957 | 10.1353/hpu.2012.0099
    Daren R. Anderson, J. Nwando Olayiwola

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  • Assuring Transition Success: A Scalable and Replicable Design for Family Nurse Practitioner Residency Programs
    Amber Richert, MSN, BSN, NP-C, APRN, RN; Nicole Seagriff, MSN, BSN, FNP-BC, APRN, RN, Nurse Practitioner Residents Community Health Center, Inc. Connecticut
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  • Telemedicine-Based Digital Retinal Imaging vs Standard Ophthalmologic Evaluation for the Assessment of Diabetic Retinopathy
    Connecticut Medicine, February 2012 Vol. 76, No. 2 
    Zhijian Li,MD, Chengqing Wu, PhD, J. Nw ando Olayiwola, MD, Daniel St. Hilaire, BS and John J. Huang, MD
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  • New Nurse Practitioner to Primary Care Provider: Bridging the Transition through FQHC-Based Residency Training
    OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, November 28, 2011 Vol. 17 No. 1. 
    Margaret Flinter, PhD, APRN, c-FNP
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  • Improving Blood Pressure Control Among Adults With CKD and Diabetes: Provider-Focused Quality Improvement Using Electronic Health Records
    Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease (ACKD), November 2011 Vol 18. No. 6
    Bernadette Thomas
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  • Predictors of Diabetic Retinopathy in a Community Health Center Population
    Diabetes Spectrum Volume 24, Number 4, 2011
    J. Nwando Olayiwola, MD, MPH, FAAFP, Diana M. Sobieraj, PharmD, Kathryn Kulowski, BA, and Daniel St. Hilaire, BA 
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  • A Family–Centered Program To Promote Wellness For Latino Children 
    Salud America! The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Research Network to Prevent Obesity Among Latino Children; Research Brief, August 2011
    Robert Dudley, M.D. and Jayme Hannay, Ph.D. Community Health Center, Connecticut
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  • Improving Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Through a Statewide Telemedicine Program at a Large Federally Qualified Health Center
    Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved 22 (2011): 804–816.
    J.N. Olayiwola, MD, MPH, FAAFP, D.M. Sobieraj, PharmD, K. Kulowski, BA, D. St. Hilaire, BA, J.J. Huang, MD, FAAO
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  • Centering on the Patient: How Electronic Health Records Enable Care Coordination
    eHealth Initiative, 2011
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  • Targeted Hypertension Medication Therapy Management in a Federally Qualified Health Center
    Pharmacy Journal of New England. Winter 2010-2011 Vol. 8 No. 1: 16-23 
    Diana M. Sobieraj, PharmD Senior Research Scientist University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy, Stefanie C. Nigro, PharmD Assistant Clinical Professor University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy, J. Nwando Olayiwola, MD, MPH, FAAFP, Chief Medical Officer Community Health Center, Inc.
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  • A Recipe for Medical Schools to Produce Primary Care Physicians
    The New England Journal of Medicine. February 10, 2011 364:496-497
    Stephen R. Smith, M.D., M.P.H.
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  • Bright Futures Emotional Wellness Guides for Young Women and Women
    2010, Bright Futures for Women’s Health and Wellness Initiative, Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Office of Women’s Health.

    Community Health Center, Inc. was one of four organizations across the country selected to evaluate the new Bright Futures Emotional Wellness Guides for Young Women and Women, tools developed by the HRSA’s Office of Women’s Health under the Bright Futures for Women’s Health and Wellness Initiative (BFWHW). The evidence-based, easy-to-read guides are built around three constructs: appreciating yourself, finding balance and purpose and connecting with others.

    The evaluation examined the impact of the guides and their use in health care and social service organizations, focusing on the following areas: acceptability of the guides by the target audiences; strategies for ensuring the use of the guides; and short-term outcomes associated with the use of the guides. The evaluation also aimed to examine how the guides have been used, by whom, and under what circumstances to assess effectiveness; provide feedback to identify barriers related to the guides’ distribution and use; support replication of best practices at other locations; assess the usefulness of tools to meet the long-term goals of the initiative by using several qualitative and quantitative data collection strategies; and inform future BFWHW programming.

    Data and feedback were collected during two focus groups – one for women 18 and older and one for young women ages 13 to 17 – and through guide and survey distribution to Community Health Center of Meriden patients. After reviewing the guide, patients were asked to complete a survey, providing feedback on whether the guides were easy to read and understand, as well as how helpful and useful they could be to their lives. The guides are now part of the Health and Wellness portfolio offered to participants in CHC’s Living Smart, Living Fit® program.

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  • Disseminating Best Practices for Bipolar Disorder Treatment in a Correctional Population
    Psychiatric Services. September 2010 Vol. 61 No. 9
    Jayesh Kamath, M.D., Ph.D., Member of CHC, Inc. behavioral health and medical staff, Humberto Temporini, M.D., Susan Quarti, M.S., Wanli Zhang, Ph.D., Karen Kesten, M.S., Sara Wakai, Ph.D., Deborah Shelton, Ph.D., R.N., Robert Trestman, Ph.D., M.D.
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  • Recruiting, Retaining, and Training Nurse Practitioners to Thrive in Community Health Centers
    September 13, 2010 Dallas, Texas. Community Health Institute, sponsored by the National Association of Community Health Centers
    Margaret Flinter, APRN, PhD VP/Clinical Director, CHC, Inc. and Director, Weitzman Center
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  • Reform and Transform: Ensuring the Right Skill Mix in Primary Care
    Presented February 8, 2010 Washington, DC. National Health Policy Conference sponsored by Health Affairs and Academy Health
    Margaret Flinter, APRN, VP/Clinical Director, CHC, Inc. and Director, Weitzman Center
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  • FQHC Based Residency Training for Nurse Practitioners: A Service Perspective On-line Journal of Issues in Nursing
    September, 2005.
    Margaret Flinter, APRN VP/Clinical Director, CHC, Inc. and Director, Weitzman Center
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  • Managing the Space between Visits: A Randomized Trial of Disease Management for Diabetes in a Community Health Center
    Daren R. Anderson, MD, Joan Christison-Lagay, MAT, MPH, Victor Villagra, MD, Haibei Liu, MPH, and James Dziura, PhD
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  • Self-Management Goal Setting in a Community Health Center: The Impact of Goal Attainment on Diabetes Outcomes
    Diabetes Spectrum. Volume 23, #2, 2010.
    Daren R. Anderson, MD, Joan Christison-Lagay, MAT, MPH, and Elizabeth Procter-Gray, PhD, MPH
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  • Potential Adverse Effects of Proton Pump Inhibitors in the Elderly
    Clinical Geriatrics, July/August 2010.
    Ami Kapadia, MD, Daisy Wynn, MD, and Brooke Salzman, MD
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  • “Primary Care Strategies to Eliminate Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Women of Color.”
    Hartford, CT. October 23, 2008. Delivered as a guest  speaker and panel member at the St. Francis Physician Health Organization’s 7th Annual Medical Management Conference—the Greater Hartford Coalition for Quality Healthcare Forum on Health Literacy and Racial Disparities.
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  • Strategies to Eliminate Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Breast and cervical Cancer Detection.
    December 2008. Volume 33. The Female Patient.
    Olayiwola JN, Baldwin DM, Jatau AS.
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  • Acute HIV Infection in Primary Care. Don't Miss the Signs and Symptoms. Advance for Nurse Practitioners.
    September 2009. Vol. 17. Issue 9. Page 49
    Swan, Amanda NP.
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  • “Rationale & Strategy For Integrating Buprenorphine Treatment Into Community Health Centers.”
    New Orleans, LA. September 2008. Delivered as a guest speaker at the National Association of Community Health Centers.
    Haddad, Marwan M.D.
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  • “Use of focus groups to develop an adolescent and community-driven obesity prevention program in an urban, multi-ethnic high school.”
    Dudley, Robert, Leibovitz, Paula K.
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