Global Health

Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS) Specimen Repository Network

David A Eschenbach, MD, Principal Investigator

The Washington State Prematurity Research Network (WSPRN) is a new and innovative statewide network that collects prospective data and specimens from a cohort of pregnant women to promote the discovery of preterm birth causes and interventions. This coalition of hospitals, providers, and researchers focuses on preventing preterm birth by facilitating new research and improving the quality of prenatal care. Specimens and data will be processed and stored at the GAPPS Repository, which is part of the Seattle Children's Research Institute (SCRI). This critical research resource will allow investigators to answer a broad range of scientific questions about maternal, fetal and newborn health. This effort is led by the Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS), an initiative of Seattle Children's that is leading a collaborative, global effort to increase awareness and accelerate innovative research and interventions to improve maternal, newborn and child health outcomes.

Funding Source: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
End Date: 12-31-2017


Illinois Prevention Research Center: Supporting Policy and Environmental Change

Tracy E Irwin, MD, MPH, Collaborator

The goal of this study is to assess the horizontal and vertical scaling of health policy originating at the local level and to test the feasibility of a community-Peace Corps-academic partnership approach to health service implementation research in Senegal. A pilot study has been underway since 2010 to introduce the partnership and build capacity for cervical cancer screening services in the Kedougou region. The goal of this study is to compare the impact of quality improvement programs on access and health outcomes as they relate to cervical cancer, to determine if this partnership approach can foster transfer of policy to a neighboring region, and to recommend a Senegal national level cervical cancer prevention services policy approach for implementation in decentralized regions.

Funding Source: University of Illinois, Chicago
End Date: 09-29-2017