2018 CTSI Population Health Improvement Award Recipients Announced

May 17, 2018

The CTSI Community Engagement team has granted Population Health Improvement Awards to seven community-academic research partnership teams. This is the second year of the funding program, designed to foster community-engaged research collaborations aimed at improving local health. The year’s winners were awarded up to $25,000 each and are funded for one year beginning in July 2018. Projects selected for funding will examine:

Mental and Physical health correlates of eviction from Durham’s public housing. In their co-developed research proposal, Donna Biederman, Duke University School of Nursing Associate Professor, and Ashanti Brown, Director of Strategic Management with the Housing Authority of the City of Durham seek to better understand mental and physical health issues of people who have been evicted from public housing in Durham in order to help inform eviction prevention programs and, potentially, avoid evictions.

Community-level solutions designed to address adverse childhood experiences and promote resilience in Durham. Wanda Boone, Director of Durham’s Together for Resilient Youth (TRY), has partnered with Anne Derouin, Associate Professor in the Duke University School of Nursing, to co-develop a project that will inform potential solutions to reducing lifelong consequences associated with Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)/trauma. Health outcomes associated with ACEs include: substance use, obesity, chronic disease, heart disease, cancer and depression. The team seeks to develop an intervention that is ready for piloting in the local community.

Engaging black men who have sex with men in the development of HIV prevention programs in Durham. Amy Corneli, Associate Professor in Duke’s Department of Population Health Sciences along with Terry Munn, CEO of Triangle Empowerment Center (TEC), will collaborate on a project in Durham to engage black men who have sex with men in identifying strategies for promoting uptake of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and retention in PrEP care. PrEP is a daily pill that reduces HIV risk. Their project will also involve community mapping to identify spaces to engage black men who have sex with men and explore potential new community partnerships and collaborations to improve HIV prevention outreach.

Development of a social marketing campaign to reduce sugar sweetened beverage consumption among children aged 0-5 years in Durham County. Beth Hopping and the research team at Food Insight Group have partnered with Duke Associate Professor, Laura Richman to work on the development of a social marketing campaign to reduce sugar sweetened beverage (SSB) consumption among children aged 0-5 years in Durham County. Their efforts will focus on children of color and those living in low-income neighborhoods, as these children face a disproportionate burden from SSB-associated illnesses like obesity, type 2 diabetes, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Adapting the Personal Outcomes Approach (POA) to promote wellbeing among people living with dementia. Carmelita Karhoff of Dementia Inclusive Durham; Amanda Borer, Associate Director of Charles House Eldercare Center; and Eleanor McConnell, Associate Professor with Duke’s School of Nursing, teamed up to develop a research proposal to examine the feasibility of adapting the Personal Outcomes Approach (POA) to promote wellbeing among people living with dementia in the US. Developed in the United Kingdom, the POA seeks to help professionals working with persons living with dementia and their care partners to identify, prioritize, and honor personal preferences, exchange information regarding the person's preferred outcomes, and maintain a focus on the person’s life-story, rather than on diagnosis.

Community-based interventions to improve timely presentation to care in 17-P (weekly intra-muscular injections to prevent preterm birth) in eligible women. Kelley Massengale, Director of Research and Evaluation with the Diaper Bank of North Carolina, and Duke Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and maternal-fetal medicine specialist Sarahn Wheeler are further examining their preliminary findings from their 2017 projectThe researchers’ current proposal seeks to identify interventions to decrease late presentation to prenatal care among women with a history of preterm birth so that they may have the option of taking 17-P.

Developing and pilot testing a Community Health Advisor Smoking Cessation Program for Durham Public Housing residents. Natalie Rich, Tobacco Health Educator for Durham County, and Laura Fish, Assistant Professor with Duke Community and Family Medicine, will use a community-engaged research approach to investigate and develop a sustainable Community Health Advisor cessation program for Durham Housing Authority residents. The team will develop and pilot test a Community Health Advisor smoking cessation program to promote linkages with cessation services and to provide cessation education.