ASU, Maricopa Integrated Health System enhance partnership

July 21, 2009

 Arizona State University and Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS) have developed a strategic partnership that will advance the objectives of their shared academic missions. The initial priorities of the partnership will focus on metabolic disorders, health policy, women's health, family violence, health disparities research and mental health.

"ASU is proud of its strong collaborative partnership with MIHS, and we are excited to expand our alliance with a focus on advancing medical education and research in Arizona," says ASU President Michael Crow. "Through the tactical alignment of leading-edge academic programs, research initiatives and personnel, ASU and MIHS will be empowered to provide critical medical education and innovation to the people of Arizona." Download Full Image

The joint initiative supports interdisciplinary biomedical research and education programs. ASU will establish a process to provide faculty appointments to academic/research physicians and will include both teaching and research responsibilities. Joint research proposals will be coordinated and submitted between ASU and MIHS, and the two will share resources in terms of grant writers, staff support and financial assistance.

In addition, the partnership will include the development of an interdisciplinary graduate program in translational research with graduate faculty from both ASU and MIHS. Courses will provide laboratory and clinical experiences at both institutions.

"Maricopa Integrated Health System is honored to embark on this enhanced partnership with ASU in the areas of medical education and research that will ultimately benefit our community," says Betsey Bayless, chief executive officer of MIHS. "Our shared academic vision will also further enhance cooperative research and education programs."

ASU's alliance with MIHS has steadily grown since its inception in 2006 that began between the WOMEN'S CARE CENTER at MIHS and College of Nursing and Healthcare Innovation at ASU. It now includes the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center (SIRC), Center for Health Information and Research, Department of Biomedical Informatics, Center for Metabolic Biology and Department of Psychology at ASU.

Today, educational programs include a Master of Health Sector Management offered through ASU's School of Health Management, the only accredited program in health administration in Arizona. A collaboration between Counseling and Consultation, ASU and MIHS offer training to advanced psychiatric residents in the MIHS Psychiatric Residency Program.

Joint faculty development has already been initiated, and Crista Johnson, MD, MSc, a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of Michigan Medical School is both on the clinical faculty at MIHS and Faculty Research Affiliate at SIRC .

A generous grant from the J. W. Kieckhefer Foundation established the Clinical Partners Fellowship at ASU and currently supports two Ph.D. students, Lubayna Fawcett and Eman Yarrow, who are working on a study of immigrant women.

Research endeavors to date include the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities, which explores complex factors influencing minority health and contributing to initiatives for improving minority health and reducing health disparities among the racial and ethnic minorities of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. An outgrowth of a pilot project Familias Sanas, a study of Latino mothers' utilization of interconception care through culturally grounded education.

A research grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research supports ASU researchers in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation in a program that reduces cardiovascular risk among Hispanic women through physical activity.

Another team of researchers at ASU are focused on the decision-making process of primary care physicians in low-income communities to diagnose mental disorders and deliver psychiatric care. The research will provide a foundation for education and training programs for primary care physicians on how to effectively diagnose and manage mental disorders such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

About MIHS: Maricopa Integrated Health System is headquartered in the heart of Phoenix. The cornerstone of the system is Maricopa Medical Center (MMC), a major teaching hospital with a history dating back more than 100 years. Best known for its critical care services, the hospital offers Level One trauma and intensive care for adults, babies and children. Two in-patient psychiatric care centers with nearly 200 beds provide services in behavioral medicine. MIHS is also home to the nation's second largest burn treatment facility, the Arizona Burn Center and the Arizona Children's Center at Maricopa Medical Center and 11 family health care centers throughout the Valley and an attendant care program.

Media Contacts:

Michael Murphy
Director of Communications
Maricopa Integrated Health System

Judy Keane
Manager of Public Relations/Public Affairs
Maricopa Integrated Health System

Sheilah Britton
Communications Director
Office of the Vice President for Research at ASU

Learn about stimulus funding for construction projects

July 22, 2009

A training program designed to help government and private enterprises secure and implement federal stimulus funding for construction and building projects is available through Arizona">">Arizona State University’s Alliance for Construction Excellence (ACE). 

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) passed by Congress in early 2009 is intended to provide a solution to the economic downturn and stimulate the economy through job creation.Among the many provisions of the ARRA is a designation of $150 billion to be invested in new infrastructure and improvements of existing roads, bridges and transportation-related structures. Funding has been made available to states for a limited time to distribute at their discretion, but new projects have been slowed by the Act’s stringent reporting, financial tracking and oversight requirements.   Download Full Image

"While the ARRA provides a massive amount of funding to boost our nation’s economy and has created unprecedented opportunities for public and private organizations in the construction industry, the federally-mandated reporting and financial requirements have fostered an atmosphere of hesitation and slowed the progress of getting the funds to work,” ACE director Gary Aller says. 

“Our goal in creating the online ARRA Training Series is to empower contractors, sub-contractors, and government agencies, as well as the legal and community groups, to understand – and comply with – the ARRA’s specific requirements, so that they can successfully secure and implement the stimulus funding before the window of opportunity closes.”  

All courses in the training series correlate to the financial, reporting and legal requirements specified by the ARRA, and are taught by experts in the legal and public works fields. Participants can enroll for one or more of the following sessions: Reporting">, Accountability & Transparency Buy"> American"> Civil Rights Compliance"> Davis Bacon Act & Related Acts ACE will also maintain records on all who complete the training sessions, allowing for easy notification of updates and providing information regarding audits.  

 “By making it easy for relevant parties in the design and construction industry to verify they have completed this training, ACE hopes to help facilitate the disbursement and implementation of the stimulus funding, thereby playing a direct role in rebuilding our nation’s economy,” Aller says. 

The ARRA Training Series consists of a set of low-cost, on-demand web-based courses powered by iLinc">">iLinc Communications, a leading web conferencing company. Because the courses are delivered via a state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly virtual">">virtual training platform, participants are able to receive this critical information from any Internet-enabled computer at any time of day. The training series is available at the ACE Web site:">"> 

Joe Kullman

Science writer, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering