ISRC Current Studies

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

 

Study Name
Polk County Health Services Annual Assessment

Primary Investigator
David Klein, Ph.D.

Who to Contact with Questions
Dr. Klein: david-klein@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 undertaking. 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. 

 

Study Name
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

 

Study Name
Environmental Health in Iowa Schools

Primary Investigator
Brandi Janssen

Who to Contact with Questions
brandi-janssen@uiowa.edu

Description of Project This project is part of the Superfund Research Center’s Community Engagement core  to better understand barriers and facilitators to improving environmental health in schools and to gauge participants’ interest in serving on an advisory board about this topic. We will be interviewing Superintendents, Teachers, and Building & Grounds staff within the Iowa School district.