Clinical and Community Research and Programs

Funder – Chicago (IL) City (Public Schools)

Title – Beginnings: A University Partnership Program -Healthy Steps (PIHV-Prevention Initiative Home Visiting)

  • Project – Does Choice of Contraceptive Method influence frequency of STI screening and rates of STI’s among Adolescents and Young adults in an Urban Academic Setting

Project – Longitudinal Evaluation of the Required Level of Supervision for Pediatric Fellows

Project – Investigation of multifamily therapy for anorexia nervosa
Funder – American Academy of Pediatrics (Merck)

Title –  Adolescent Health Consortium project: Connecting Adolescents and Young Adults to Preventive Health Care Services


This project aims to improve the quality of adolescent and young adult preventive services and promote the inclusion of private, confidential one-on-one interactions between clinicians and youth during routine primary care encounters. The project is in analysis and policy implementation work with national and global health organizations focused on adolescent and young adult health and professional education. There will be an opportunity to work on planning for the International Association for Adolescent Health November 2021 Global Congress in Lima, Peru.

Funder – American Academy of Pediatrics (Prime sponser: FAMRI)

Title –  Preventing Children’s Exposure to Tobacco and Secondhand Smoke


The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Julius B Richmond Center is dedicated to the elimination of childrens’ exposure to tobacco and secondhand smoke by changing the clinical practice of pediatrics through the development and dissemination of practice tools; research; and improvement of community health. The Richmond Center is funded by the Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute and other public and private grants, and is based at the AAP with affiliated site and investigators at 7 academic medical centers. The Richmond Center works to create a healthy environment for children, adolescents, and families through public education and through the translation of research into practice and policy in clinical care and in communities in the US and globally. Current projects include surveys of the social climate of tobacco control, a rapid nanotechnology device for secondhand smoke measurement, a microbiome and respiratory illness project, dissemination of parent secondhand smoke interventions, and policy advocacy projects addressing youth and tobacco control. Dr. Klein serves as the Scientific Director of the Center.

Funder – NIH: NHLBI

Title – The Asthma Action at Erie Trial


Funder – NIH: NIDCR

Title – Coordinated Oral Health Promotion (CO-OP) Chicago


Funder – Rush Univ Medical Ctr (Prime sponsor: NIH)
Title – Value and Mechanisms of Home Visitation in Obesity Interventions for Low-Income Children


Title – Addressing Social Key Questions for Helping Experienced Adversity in Life to Heal: the ASK Questions for HEALTH study

Title – Neutral Head Positioning in Preventing Intraventricular Hemorrhage

Funder – SDBP

Title – Sit Down and Play


Integrating a preventive early childhood development intervention in clinics serving low-income communities

Title – Leveraging healthcare settings to support early childhood development in LMICs

Funder – UIC Pediatric Seed Funding

Title – Feasibility and acceptability of text messaging as a supplementary channel of communication between parents and NICU staff

This study will examine the feasibility and acceptability of a personalized, one-way, text messaging program to improve communication between parents and NICU staff.

Title – Impact of an NICU rounding report on resident’s time utilization and workload

The aim of this study is to determine time savings in residents workflow after the introduction of a NICU specific rounding report. Our main outcome is time spent preparing the NICU rounding flowsheet. Secondary outcomes are: time spent inside the NICU and time performing physical exam on patients.

Funder – Medtronic Inc

Title – Diabetes Care in Schools: An Educational Program for School Nurses and Delegated Care Aids

Title – Validation of a Pediatric Clinical Judgment Exercise in Assessing Entrustability of Fourth Year Medical Students in Critical Clinical Decision-Making

Funder – US Dept of Health & Human Services (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services)

Title – University of Illinois CHECK (Coordination of Healthcare for Complex Kids)

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Title – Family-Physician Communication Study

Funder – NIH/UIC Center for Health Equity Research – CHER

Title – The Effect of Neighborhood Disorganization on Engagement in Health Care, Mental Health, and School Attendance of Children with Chronic Health Conditions (CHER)

Title – Universal Screening for Unmet Social Needs and ACE in Primary Care Medical Homes: Optimizing Identification of Social Needs and ACE Modifying the ASK Questionnaire

Title – National survey for Umbilical line insertion and maintenance practices

Funder – M.R. Bauer Foundation

Title – Sickle Cell Transition Program


Individuals with sickle cell disease suffer from chronic hemolytic anemia, vaso-occlusive pain crises, multisystem organ damage, and a shortened lifespan. The disease is caused by a mutation of the β-globin gene; this mutation allows for the polymerization of the sickle hemoglobin (HbS) when deoxygenated. Many patients are lost to healthcare follow-up during the transition from pediatric to adult care. The peer patient advocate is an individual with Sickle Cell Disease who serves as a community health worker. The peer patient advocate builds relationships and connections with patients, families, and the sickle cell community. The peer patient advocate will be closely connected to patients and families and will participate in the following areas of care: 1) group care sessions as facilitator 2) Sickle cell transition fair coordination 3) Visiting pediatric patients in hospital and clinic. The advocate will assist with the transition of the medical, social, and professional lives of adolescents living with Sickle Cell disease from pediatric to adult care.

Title – Multilevel childhood obesity prevention interventions to reduce dietary behavior-related health inequities among diverse families

Health disparities research, built environment and behavioral interventions to promote healthy dietary behavior, dissemination and implementation science research to improve the translation of evidence-based interventions.

Title- Motivators and barriers of physical activity among adolescents with sickle cell disease

Title- Identifying electronic residency application service filters…

Title- Creation and implementation of a pediatric inpatient medicine curriculum: survey of pediatric resident physicians

Title- Assessing a Remote Curriculum for Supplementing Resident Education during a Pandemic

Title- Using resident virtual simulation to hone clinical skills