Recent Projects & Collaborations

Current Projects

Evaluation of Patient Centered Outcomes Research for Employees (PCORE) of Milwaukee's Near West Side

This project aims to create, apply, and assess the PCORE Panel, a partnership between employees, academic researchers, and clinicians. The long-term objectives are to train the panel in Patient Centered Outcomes Research/Comparative Effectiveness Research (PCOR/CER) to serve as advisors to researchers at Marquette University; serve as advisors to local and national researchers planning worksite PCOR/CER; train research leads to help worksites conduct PCOR; and serve as champions for including the voice of workers with multiple chronic conditions (MCC) in PCOR/CER.

  • Funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, with a sub-contract to CJE from Marquette University
  • September 2018-August 2020…

Sages in Every Setting: Enhancing an innovative model to incorporate older adult voice into research

This project aims to expand and diversify the voice of older adults living with frailty in Patient Centered Outcomes Research/Comparative Effectiveness Research (PCOR/CER) by working with diverse stakeholders to translate the Bureau of Sages engagement model into a model that could be easily disseminated and implemented into more communities.

  • Funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
  • January 2018-December 2019…

Evaluation of the Orot Compassion Project

The Orot Compassion Project is a new pilot project at Orot: Center for New Jewish Learning. It provides Jewish mindfulness instruction to social service providers to promote self-care and greater attunement and empathy in clinical interventions. It will benefit social service providers at the Ark Chicago, Jewish Child and Family Services and its subsidiaries, Shalva, Ezra Multi-service Center, the Selfhelp Home, and other organizations that provide services to Chicago’s Jewish poor, mentally ill, and marginalized.

  • Funded by the JUF Breakthrough Fund, with a sub-contract to CJE from Orot: Center for New Jewish Learning:
  • July 2017-June 2019

Outcomes Measurement Framework

The objective of this project is to develop an outcomes measurement framework for CJE, inclusive of organization-wide outcomes, indicators for each outcome, and standard operating procedures for each department to ensure meaningful data collection and use for CQI and impact purposes.

  • Funded by the Fogelson Foundation
  • September 2016-June 2019

Evaluation of CATCH-ON, A Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program

CATCH-ON is focused on educating older adults, families, caregivers, students, and professionals about person-centered, culturally competent management of Multiple Chronic Conditions, and to transform existing primary care systems to meet the needs of older adults with Multiple Chronic Conditions.

  • Funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration to Rush University Medical Center, with a sub-contract to CJE
  • July 2015-June 2019

Emergency Department Eldercare Navigators (EDEN) Program

This pilot program consists of trained volunteers who will assist older adults living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias when they visit the Emergency Department. The research department is working with Weinberg staff on implementation of this project and in conducting quality improvement.

  • Funded by Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, Institute for Advancement of Senior Care, and Washington Square Health Foundation
  • September 2017-February 2019

Completed Projects

Evaluation of Caring Together, Living Better Partnership, a project of AgeOptions

Caring Together, Living Better is a partnership of faith-based and community organizations dedicated to supporting the approximately one in four west suburban families that are caring for an older adult.  Partners are based in Bellwood, Cicero, Maywood and Melrose Park. The aim of the project is to build a community-driven support system for those who care for older adults.

  • Funded with Retirement Research Foundation, with a sub-contract to CJE
  • October 2017-October 2018

For more information about Caring Together, Living Better please contact AgeOptions.

Motivational Interviewing and Physical Activity in Parkinson’s disease

A subcontract from the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. The goal of this project is to test the efficacy of a telephone-based motivational interviewing coaching intervention and a smartphone application for self-monitoring to improve physical activity in persons with Parkinson’s disease

  • Funded by the the National Institute for Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, with a sub-contract to CJE
  • September 2015-October 2018

HAPEER: Home Care Aides Patient Centered Education and Engagement with Research

The aim of HAPEER is to build the capacity of home care aides (HCAs) by training HCAs to be research aware and engage with their clients about patient-centered care and issues that have the potential to improve quality of life. Researchers at Northwestern University have subcontracted with Help at Home LLC for this project.

  • Funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, sub-contract from Northwestern University
  • October 2016-September 2018…

Bureau of Sages: Incorporation and Translation of Older Adults' Voices into Meaningful Research

The Bureau of Sages is a one-of-a-kind research advisory bureau enabling CJE clients to create a much-needed platform to vocalize their expertise to researchers in order to translate their experiences into meaningful patient centered research. The members of the bureaus also learn about ongoing research regarding older adults, from CJE researchers as well as local and national researchers and clinicians.

  • Funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
  • January 2016-December 2017

Hear from some of our Bureau of Sages participants, who reside at Lieberman Center and have been involved in the project for the past year, in the video below. 

CEERIAS:Community Engagement for Early Recognition and Immediate Action in Stroke.

This study aims to examine personal, community, and cultural barriers to calling 911 after stroke onset and adapt a culturally-tailored intervention for delivery.

  • Funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to Northwestern University, with a sub-contract to CJE
  • September 2014-September 2017

JUF Shared Outcomes Project

The federated system of agencies under the Jewish United Fund are advancing their outcomes and data management efforts in order to demonstrate high performance in terms of the data that the cohort collects for continuous improvement, the gaps in service areas they identify toward better program planning, and reporting on their progress for transparency and accountability.  

  • Funded by the Polk Bros. Foundation
  • July 2016-June 2017

Partnership for PCOR in Aging and Disability Research

CJE partnered with three established and stellar Chicago agencies – Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, and Northwestern University’s Buehler Center on Aging, Health & Society, to create a multi-institutional partnership to begin a necessary collaboration and discussion on patient-centered outcome research (PCOR) related to aging and disability. The partnership in the process of collaborating on research plans and proposals to advance work in the joint fields of aging and disability.

  • Funded by the Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities
  • July 2016-June 2017

Medication Abuse and Misuse Assessment Project (MAMA)

This study developed and validated the Medication Use Questionnaire (MedUseQ) to assess how older adults use their medications. The MedUseQ and supporting materials are available for download. Click here >>>

  • Funded by JUF
  • July 2015-September 2016

Validation of the MedUseQ: A Self-Administered Screener for Older Adults to Assess Medication Use Problems, Journal of Pharmacy Practice 1-15 The Author(s) 2018

Evaluation of the Illinois Department on Aging’s Dementia Capable System Grant

This project is evaluating a systems change process taken on by the state of Illinois to provide a foundation for building a more dementia-capable state. A dementia-capable state is described as one that provides the highest possible quality of life for all state residents (and their families and caregivers) with dementia.

  • Funded by the Administration for Community Living to the Illinois Department on Aging, with a sub-contract for evaluation.
  • October 2014-September 2016

Gauging Health and Wellness of Older Adults in Lincoln Park.

A joint project with the Jewish Community Centers of Chicago.  As the name suggests, this is a study to learn about the changing health and wellness needs of adults as they grow and age in urban an environment.  

  • Funded by JUF
  • July 2015-June 2016

 Gauging Health and Wellness of Older Adults in Lincoln Park

Population Health Project

This is an assessment project to help us understand the diverse aspects of our client population’s health status, including identification of chronic health conditions, healthcare needs and healthcare providers.  This kind of information will allow us to better maintain our relevance in meeting the needs of older adults in our community.

  • Funded by the Michael Reese health Trust.
  • April 2015-February 2016

 Review study results here