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Research at the Florida Center for Medicaid and the Uninsured is focused on to the improvement of health care delivery for Florida's vulnerable populations. FCMU serves as a campus-wide home for researchers and analysts interested in issues related to access to quality health care for vulnerable populations.
The variety of disciplines from which our health services researchers are drawn (nursing, pharmacy, psychology, medicine, social work, sociology, epidemiology, public health, law, finance, and economics) allows the bulk of our projects to be collaborative endeavors. As a result, FCMU acts as an organizing mechanism to promote interdepartmental collaboration, thereby increasing and highlighting health services research at the University of Florida.
FCMU's research focus areas include: Satisfaction, Access, Quality, Mental Health, Health Insurance, and Medicaid Reform. With time, FCMU expects to expand its research scope, as more health services researchers join the University of Florida.
Funding and Structure
FCMU actively pursues grants and contracts from national and state-level foundations and agencies to support the work of UF health services researchers interested in underserved populations. Past funding sources include Bristol -Myers Squibb, the Health Care District of Palm Beach County, and the Winter Park Health Foundation.
FCMU also serves as a resource to the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) for the study of issues pertaining to state health policy. In this regard, the Center engages in yearly contractual arrangements with AHCA for the research of issues and the development of policy options for Florida Medicaid.
FCMU capitalizes on being situated within a large university by drawing upon existing research expertise from throughout the campus. For example, the Bureau of Economic and Business Research in the College of Business Administration currently provides survey support to the Center. FCMU is committed to serving as a research base for graduate students interested in low-income and vulnerable populations.
The core FCMU staff supports health services researchers throughout the research process. This includes study design, project proposal, data gathering, data analysis, report writing, and editing.