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Release: Sept. 18, 2000

UI to help promote research network for improving medical care in rural settings

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Researchers in the University of Iowa Colleges of Medicine and Public Health, in collaboration with the Iowa Academy of Family Physicians, have received a three-year, $574,000 grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration to help advance rural medical care. The grant was effective Sept. 1.

The award will support the development of a network of rural family practices that will conduct research to improve the quality of medical care in rural settings. The collaboration, named the Iowa Rural Research Network (IRReNe), will be led by principal investigators Cynda Johnson, M.D., UI professor and head of family medicine, and Gary Rosenthal, M.D., UI associate professor of internal medicine. Rosenthal also is a practitioner and researcher at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Iowa City.

Arthur Hartz, M.D., Ph.D., UI professor of family medicine, will manage the daily operation of the study. Researchers in the UI department of psychiatry and the UI department of health management and policy will also be involved in the study. Daryl Doorenbos, M.D., a family physician in Le Mars, and Steven Wolfe, M.D., a family physician in Spencer, will lead the effort from the Iowa Academy of Family Physicians.

Rural physicians and others who would like more information about IRReNe can contact Hartz at (319) 384-7557 or by e-mail at Individuals with an idea for a study or who would like to help plan a study should contact John Ely, M.D., UI associate professor of family medicine, at (319) 384-7533.

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