2008 Grants

PI: D. Kay Taylor, PhD
Funder: National Speakers Association Foundation
September 2008 - October 2009

The NSA ‘Request for Proposal’ puts forward three critical questions: 1) What makes a professional speaker successful?; 2) What are the key factors of competition facing the different professional speaking venues or types of speakers?; 3) What elements are common to the factors identified above? The study plan will frame these questions in the context of the two general competencies of expertise and eloquence—thus serving to enhance our understanding of these skills and further advance the “…art, craft, and science of the speaking profession…” .  The intent of the proposed study is answer these questions using data obtained from key sources or groups—and to create a comprehensive evaluation tool that can be used to assess a speaker’s performance and weigh the importance for the client of various identified competences.

Building a Hospital Safety Culture via a Carefully Designed Voluntary Incident Reporting System for Unusual Incidents in Patient Care

 PI: Michael Boucree, MD
Funder: Press Ganey
January 2008 - December 2008

Key factors of this study include a systems approach to foster an atmosphere of trust; input from employees, patients, community advocates, and other “players;” targeted learning opportunities tailored to address issues identified by the study; and use of tools including the Press Ganey Safety Culture Survey for measuring, tracking, and fostering change.

Family Planning: Phase II

PI: D. Kay Taylor, PhD
Funder: Ruth Mott Foundation
January 2008 - December 2009

The goal of this study is to provide family planning education to a minimum of 360 new clients in Genesee County and to evaluate the project’s impact upon the knowledge, attitude and behavior of a minimum of 400 continuing clients from January 1, 2008 - December 31, 2009. The focus of the Phase I grant has not changed. Phase II will determine if the project is influencing behavior by increasing the spacing between deliveries to greater than 18 months. Pregnancies spaced too closely together have been identified as a key risk factor for infant mortality in Genesee County.

Strategic Prevention Framework/State Incentive Grant (SPF/SIG): Needs Assessment Part I and II, Monitoring and Evaluation

PI: D. Kay Taylor, PhD
Funder: Contract through Genesee County Community Health
May 2007-September 2010

This study proposal represents a comprehensive and rigorous approach to conducting such a needs assessment in order to generate the most usable data for planning purposes.  The ultimate goal of this undertaking is to allow the Community Collaborative group to prioritize problems and identify gaps thus optimizing their efforts at targeting resources—which will serve to maximize the impact on substance use in the community. Phase II: Monitoring and Evaluation provides for the evaluation and analysis of services conducted by contracted providers.