2009 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 the Evidence on Effective Insulin Injection for Patients at the High and Low Ends of the BMI Index

PI: Micki Juip, MA, BSN, RN, CDE
Funder: American Association of Diabetes Educators Foundation
March 2009 - September 2010

The effective use of insulin to obtain the best metabolic control requires an understanding of many factors by the patient—but a basic need is the correct administration or injection of the insulin.  There is a scarcity of published works that address problems linked to effective insulin injection for patients with high or low body fat. A two-phase project is proposed.  In Phase I, a survey would be distributed to all clinic patients to assess knowledge of injection techniques and attitudes concerning care, support and autonomy. In Phase II, a randomized, controlled trial design would be employed. The study arms would represent two service approaches in helping our patients better manage their diabetes. One arm (=control group) would characterize our current program offering. The second arm (=experimental group) would represent the newly planned intervention. A stringent methodology will permit causal inferences—thus contributing to needed knowledge building in this area.

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.

Journey to Good Health

PI: Laura Carravallah, MD
Funder: Community Foundation of Greater Flint
October 2009 - March 2010

Never Shake Your Baby (NSYB) Program

PI: Faisal Mawri, MD
Funder: American Academy of Pediatrics CATCH
March 2009 - March 2010

Parents’ knowledge of Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) is largely unexplored in the medical literature. Exploring parents’ knowledge and understanding of SBS can lead to more successful and effective educational programs. The purpose of this study was to: 1) measure the perceptual knowledge of parents regarding SBS using a focus group methodology; and 2) develop and implement a hospital-based educational program targeting parents of all newborn infants.

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.