Research

Dr. Janet Hahn is principal investigator (PI) of a training development project for skilled nursing facilities in Michigan titled Online Ethics Training Highlighting Improvement in Care and Compliance in Skilled Nursing Facilities (O-ETHICCS). Robert Bensley is the co-PI of this project funded by Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Michigan Civil Money Penalties. Funding for this three-year project began in October 2018 for a total of $378,230.

Dr. Hahn has recently directed a three-year study focused on behavioral interventions in skilled nursing facilities in Michigan. The co-PI on this study was Dr. Jonathan Baker from the WMU Department of Psychology. The project was titled Implementing Behavioral Analysis and Intervention for Individuals with Cognitive Impairment in Skilled Nursing Facilities, and funded by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Michigan Civil Money Penalties. This three-year project was funded in May 2016 for a total of $324,830. This project resulted in a report Implementing Behavior Analysis and Intervention for Individuals with Cognitive Impairment in Skilled Nursing Facilities:  Summary of Results, Janet S. Hahn, Jonathan C. Baker, Sandra Wagner, Andrea Perez, Minyoung Kim, Sydney Bulock, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo MI, May 2019. Analysis of data continues on this project and many related manuscripts are underway.

Dr. Hahn continues to analyze compliance violations in Michigan Homes for the Aged and is working on a manuscript describing these data and comparing disparity in regulations for assisted living with regulations for child care organizations.

Dr. Jill E. Rowe is a medical anthropologist and assistant professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Health Programs at Western Michigan University. Throughout her academic career her research has largely centered on health seeking behaviors in vulnerable populations with an emphasis on African American cultural practices and history. Her current research project focuses on the health traditions of African American farmers in the Midwest in the nineteenth century. Other research interests include free African American and mixed-race communities in the Old Northwest, health and mental health service inequities in rural African American communities, and rural African American people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA).  Invisible in Plain Sight: Self-Determination Strategies of Free Blacks in the Old Northwest (2017) is her most recent publication.