The Delta Research Project has had a very exciting first year.The project was orginally conceived as two phases (1&2) but a third necessary phase (0.5) was identified and implemented: Build trust as partners within local community and with local community stakeholders by attending community functions, training on local realities, and completing town forums to gain “buy in” at individual level. Community forums were held for each of the four counties being served by the grant and the team members (Tri County Rural Health Network, Senior Medicare Fraud Patrol, and UALR Senior Justice Center) were introduced to the community members. Community forums were completed in May 2009. Phase 1 started in May 2009 as well, with Candace Greenlee and Sharneice Hughes conducting over 100 interviews (using an orginal survey and SMP survey) in Lee, Monroe, Phillips and St. Francis counties during the summer, for a 98% interview completion rate.
Dr. David Montague and Candace Greenlee also attended the Administration on Aging Senior Medicare Fraud Patrol 2009 conference in Washington, D.C., where Dr. Montague was recognized as a speaker and presented the grant during a discussion panel. Candace and Shaun Gann, graduate assistant, are currently working on the data coding and analysis for the interviews and the results will be provided to SMP and Tri-county to assist in developing focus groups. Partner meetings have been scheduled for the fall to begin work on Phase 2, which will assess appropriate methods to provide awareness by using focus groups to find similarities and differences, such as pamphlets, Cd’s, Dvd’s, online training, or oral presentations.