ISRC Current Studies

The following are studies that the Iowa Social Science Research Center is currently supporting: 

Polk County Health Services Annual Assessment

Primary Investigator
Tessa Heeren

Who to Contact with Questions
Tessa Heeren: tessa-heeren@uiowa.edu

Description of Project
For more than a decade, Polk County Health Services (PCHS) has enlisted a third-party, a research team at the University of Iowa, to collect and analyze data from program participants and their family members or other concerned others. The Iowa Social Science Research Center (ISRC) provides the telephone and in-person data collection services for this annual assessment. Survey respondents answer questions about their experiences and the success of their services. The resultant data is shared with both Polk County and the service provider to evaluate provider performance, determine future support, and detect inadequacies, if any exist. Information attained is confidential and helps to inform agency decision-making and funding. 

Medication Empowerment & Deprescribing for Safety (MEDS) Study

Primary Investigator
Carri Casteel MPH PhD and Korey Kennelty PharmD MS PhD 

Who to Contact with Questions
Carri Casteel: 319-384-4388 

Description of Project
The purpose of the study is to learn how to prevent falls among adults 65+ years of age by identifying medications that increase the risk for a fall. As part of MercyOne’s commitment to improving patient care, your provider is working with the University of Iowa Colleges of Pharmacy and Public Health on this study.  

Project Web Site   
https://www.public-health.uiowa.edu/people/carri-casteel/
https://pharmacy.uiowa.edu/directory/person/korey-kennelty

2022 IWP

Primary Investigator
Peter Damiano

Who to Contact with Questions
Brooke McInroy: brooke-mcinroy@uiowa.edu

Description of Project
This research is designed to answer questions about the effects of the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan on member access to care, quality of care, and costs of providing care. There are 6,000 Medicaid members and 6,000 IWP members.

Johnson County Direct Assistance Program Evaluation Survey

Primary Investigator
David Frisvold

Who to Contact with Questions
Cassidy Branch: cassidy-branch@uiowa.edu

Description of Project
Johnson County's Direct Assistance Program provides randomly selected eligible applicants/residents with direct payments. This project will evaluate the influence of the cash assistance on a variety of outcomes. More information can be found at: https://www.johnsoncountyiowa.gov/direct-assistance-program