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Steve Serrao, MBBS, MPH
Research & Grantsmanship    Grant Proposals--Funded
  • OC Healthcare System Preparedness (2009-2012) In 2009, the County of Orange released a 2+1 year Request for Proposal (RFP) totaling $299,997. The RFP focuses on various activities involving Health Care System Preparedness activities as a result of the H1N1 Pandemic. Activities include the development of a progressive initiative with marketing and an identifiable brand (Surge-OC), health capacity building with cross-sector planning with Hospitals, Long Term Care facilities, Community Clinics, stand-alone Surgical Centers, Dialysis Centers and Ambulance providers. Structural relationships with local and state health associations will assist in providing the necessary projection for aligned capacity building across health care sector partners. ( 1/2009 - 12/2012 )
  • Long Term Care (LTC) Preparedness (2011) The California Association of Health Facilities (CAHF) was awarded a 2 year contract with Los Angeles County in 2010. Subsequently, CAHF rolled out a competitive sub-contract that requested expertise in the areas of needs assessment (survey development and focus groups) and the development of a resource guide complete with marketing and appropriate graphic design that will be relevant to long-term care providers in Los Angeles County. The $49,000 award funds the project, with deliverables to be completed by December 2011. ( 1/2011 - 12/2011 )
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Training Grant (2011) In 2011, the County of Orange floated a contract to provide GIS training for their professionals in the Health Care Agency. The award, totaling $50,000, includes two separate, one-week training sessions that will cover application-based GIS training for public health workers including first responders and epidemiologists. The award is part of the Public Health Emergency Response grant to Pandemic Influenza, and its implementation will be collaboratively managed through the LLU SPH Departments of Health Policy and Management and Environmental Health. The training will be completed and evaluated in June 2011. ( 6/2011 - 8/2011 )
  • Safe Routes to School (2009) The Healthy Communities program in the County of San Bernardino, CA, awarded $60,000 towards Marketing and Outreach of their Safe Routes to School Program. The grant was collaboratively structured between the County and the LLU SPH Department of Health Policy and Management. Deliverables included logo development, marketing (which included a social marketing initiative to accompany traditional methods of communication), and the organization of regional workshops and a conference. The grant was funded as a result of the Recovery Act and was managed through the California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS). ( 1/2009 - 12/2009 )
  • Local Health Department – Division-level Strategic Planning (2008-2009) With new leadership in the OC Health Disaster Management (HDM) division in 2008, the focus of the Division Manager was to organize and communicate a coherent identity for the HDM division that comprises the departments of Preparedness and the Emergency Medical Services (EMS). The project award, totaling $20,000, focused on articulating the mission, vision and values statement for the division. In addition, key strategic initiatives were developed for the division at large. The systematic process which comprised of individual and team meetings included staff, administrators and community stakeholders lasting about 6 months. ( 1/2008 - 1/2009 )
  • Pandemic Influenza Planning (2007-2008) In preparation for the H1N1 Influenza outbreak, the County of Orange awarded $20,000 towards business continuity planning. The project deliverables included the development of a business continuity planning template and the formation of a collaborative with various businesses in the County of Orange. A culminating deliverable was to organize a preparedness conference for local and national companies based in the County of Orange, CA. ( 1/2007 - 1/2008 )
  • Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI) The CRI program was funded in the County of Orange, CA, in 2006. The goal of the program was to prepare cities for devastating outbreaks of biologicals such as Anthrax. The initial award of $35,000 was provided to develop an outreach and training program that would be rolled out to all cities in the County of Orange, CA. The initiative would incentivize city managers to develop Points of Dispensing (PODs) where mass prophylactic medications would be dispersed to the population. Appropriate marketing and branding of the program was also developed and delivered, and stakeholders were organized into one countywide group called the Health Emergency Planning and Preparedness Council (HEPPC). The CRI program subsequently won the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Model Practice Award in 2010. ( 1/2006 - 1/2007 )
  Grant Proposals--Submitted
  • Biotechnology Clinical Trial (2011) The Biotechnology Clinical Trial is a model for collaboration between the Biotechnology industry (Ambryx), international teaching hospital (Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India), and the LLU SPH Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics. The aim of phase two in this trial is to assess the safety and efficacy of an oral dietary milk peptide supplement, AMINOACT, in patients with Breast Cancer. This pilot was funded for $20,000, and includes a collaborative team of investigators and clinicians. ( 12/2011 - 12/2012 )