Current Research and Scholarly Interests
Dr. Fortmann has moved to the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research in Portland, Oregon (<http://www.kpchr.org/>). He remains active in the following studies based at Stanford and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation.
2 R01 CA67850 (Henriksen); 04/01/10–03/31/14; NIH/NCI
Impact of Retail Tobacco Advertising on Youth Smoking
This project is a longitudinal survey to determine effects of exposure to retail tobacco advertising on smoking initiation.
17RT-0152 (Henriksen); 07/01/08-06/30/11;Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP)
Association of Outlet Density with Smoking and Pack Price
This study seeks to understand whether the concentration of stores that sell cigarettes in a neighborhood, and the widespread cigarette advertising these stores contain, create an environment that promotes tobacco use.
R01DK081371-01 (Palaniappan); 01/15/09-12/31/13; NIH/NIDDK
Identifying Disparities in Type 2 Diabetes Among Asian Americans: The Pan Asian Cohort Study (PACS)
This study will provide a greater understanding of diabetes among Asian ethnic minorities in a comparable environment, and will contribute both to a global understanding of risk for Asian populations and to more targeted research, public health and clinical efforts throughout the U.S. This study is being conducted at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute.
Since moving to CHR in 2010, Dr. Fortmann has focused on community-based research. He is a co-investigator on a study of diabetes incidence, treatment, and complications in South Asians, Chinese, and other Asian ethnic subgroups in California and he is a co-investigator on a study of diabetes disparities in Asian and Pacific Islander populations in Hawaii. He is a co-investigator on the Community Health Applied Research Network Data Coordinating Center (CHARN), the data hub for a network of federally qualified health centers and their university partners established to facilitate research among underserved populations. He is also a co-investigator on a study examining whether the Oregon Medicaid ?lottery? differentially impacted established community health center patients, and how insurance coverage is associated with receipt of preventive services among these patients.
In addition, Dr. Fortmann serves as principal investigator of the scientific coordinating center for the federal Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs) program, funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The CERTs program draws together six research centers across the U.S. that conduct research on therapeutics.
Dr. Fortmann recently completed a systematic review of the effects of vitamin and mineral supplements on heart disease and cancer risk and is currently participating in another systematic review of tobacco smoking cessation counseling in adults.