Research

Cumberland Pediatric Foundation continually seeks opportunities that will assist in fulfilling our mission of supporting the health and wellness of children through supporting quality health care services. If your organization has a research opportunity, please reach out to Michael Hook at michael.hook@vumc.org.

Request for Bid Proposal 

CPF  is seeking proposals for work to be performed under contract for deliverables under the associated grant. – Posted date: 3/26/24 | Expires: 4/26/24

Please see our RFP below: 

Request for Bid Proposal

RFBP Budget Proposal

Currently Recruiting

CPF has partnered with Centerstone, one of the nation’s largest mental health and substance abuse treatment services providers, on a “Youth and Young Adult Suicide Prevention” program to provide training and assistance in suicide prevention, with the goal of increasing and standardizing rates of suicide prevention screening in the primary care setting and improving speed of access to follow-up care.

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CPF is working with the Tennessee Department of Health on a grant project focusing on increasing access to care throughout the state. CPF will be working with 20 clinics in rural and underserved areas to focus on practice transformation efforts resulting in capacity building, innovative ways to deliver care that increases upon existing patient bases, or even operational increases that allow more patients to be seen. 

For more information on this project, please reach out to the CPF team at cpfnashville@gmail.com

Ongoing

CPF will have FREE educational materials and resources available for practices to aid in the promotion of childhood, adolescent, and COVID-19 vaccines, including live education and regularly updated videos on timely topics, in-person QI coaching for MOC projects, opportunities in vaccine group buying, and an online toolkit with web-based modules for staff, handouts, posters, and messaging for families.  

NIH Research Project (R01)

Pamela Hull, Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine in the division of Epidemiology and Debra Friedman, M.D., the E. Bronson Ingram Chair in Pediatric Oncology, are collaborating with Cumberland Pediatric Foundation on an NIH-funded R01 implementation study focused on increasing HPV vaccination rates among adolescents.

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NIH Research Project (R01)

Pamela Hull, Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine in the division of Epidemiology and Debra Friedman, M.D., the E. Bronson Ingram Chair in Pediatric Oncology, are collaborating with Cumberland Pediatric Foundation on an NIH-funded R01 implementation study focused on increasing HPV vaccination rates among adolescents.

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CPF is partnered with the Tennessee Asthma Coalition (TAC), a nonprofit volunteer group of air quality and asthma subject matter experts in TN, to address asthma and indoor air quality

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Completed Projects

The Cumberland Pediatric Foundation and The Metro Public Health
Department Partner to Eliminate Secondhand Smoke Exposure

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Pediatricians in Davidson County are eligible to participate in a program based on Clinical Efforts Against Secondhand Smoke Exposure (CEASE).

Providers are encouraged to screen all children under the age of 5 for exposure to secondhand smoke. If the parent is a smoker they are given a handout designed to mimic a prescription identifying the 5 key steps for tobacco cessation.

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Antibiotic resistance rates in Tennessee are among the highest in the nation. In the USA, At least 30% of antibiotics prescribed in the outpatient setting are unnecessary, meaning that no antibiotic was needed at all. This is harmful and wasteful.

CPF is partnering with VUMC Inectious Disease to create a community Antibiotic Stewardship program in Tennessee.

Goals include…

Changing practitioner and consumer attitudes and behaviors about the use of antibiotics

Increasing parental knowledge of appropriate antibiotic use

Increasing community awareness of appropriate antibiotic use and resistance

Mobilizing practitioner and consumer groups to assist the community in reducing the overuse and misuse of antibiotics

Why would health care providers give antibiotics if not needed?
Approximately one-third to one-half of all antibiotic prescriptions are not needed. Many health care providers report feeling pressured by worried parents or patients to prescribe antibiotics. They also may not be sure whether a bacterium or virus is causing the infection. In some cases, laboratory tests, such as for strep throat, can be helpful.

Why do parents ask their children’s doctor for antibiotics when they may not be needed?
Some day care centers may request that a child be treated with an antibiotic before returning to day care. Also, if a child received an antibiotic in the past for a cold the parent may feel the antibiotic is necessary every time the child has a cold. This is why it is important that parents are educated about when it is appropriate for a doctor to prescribe an antibiotic for their children.

The wording and information above come from the CDC and the TN Health Department.
If you are interested in being part of the Antibiotic Stewardship Initiative, please reach out to: preston.spencer@vumc.org

ECHO Autism: a virtual-learning research project

Vanderbilt is partnering with primary care providers in the community in a research study through a virtual learning network, ECHO Autism. The overall goal of ECHO Autism is to offer community physicians (anyone with professional training in general pediatrics, family medicine, advanced practice nursing—NP or PA) an opportunity to develop more skills in managing and treating patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in their own practice setting. This includes but not limited to training on screening/identification and management of commonly seen medical co-morbidities.

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Cumberland Pediatric Foundation partners with Vanderbilt in community-acquired pneumonia trial

Buddy Creech, M.D., M.P.H., and Derek Williams, M.D., M.P.H., are the lead investigators for SCOUT-CAP, an NIH-sponsored multicenter, placebo controlled trial that compares the efficacy of shorter therapy for children with community-acquired pneumonia. The study aims to enroll 400 outpatient children at five study sites across the country.

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Present Your Project

The Cumberland Pediatric Foundation partnered with the Surgical Outcomes Center for Kids (SOCKS) at Vanderbilt and together created a Community Advisor Board (CAB). 

The CAB’s primary function is to evaluate research or grant initiatives designed by physician scientists, academic researchers or community based groups. The board is comprised of parents, community partners, coordinated school health, practice managers, community pediatricians and health plan representatives.