2010 Grants

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.

PI: D. Kay Taylor, PhD and James Weber, DO
Co-Investigators: Tiffany Ceja, MSE; Jenny LaChance, MS; Nicolas Lecea, BS
Funder: Contract through Genesee County Community Mental Health – Substance Abuse Services
August 2010 - September 2010 

A two-month baseline study of drug and alcohol-related emergency department visits. This data, which is currently not available in our county, may be of great benefit in the planning of educational and treatment programs.

Examination of the Tai Chi Program in Reducing Risk of Patient Falls: Comparing the Evidenced-Based Model with a Home-Based Self-Learning Program

PI: Ghassan Bachuwa, MD
Co-Investigators: Myriam Edwards, MD; D. Kay Taylor, PhD
Funder: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation
October 2010 - September 2011

This one-year pilot funding will allow us to assess the potential of both a 12-week structured exercise program and a home-based self-learning program (targeting improved strength/balance) in decreasing the risk of falls and enhancing quality of life in patients aged 65+.

Journey to Good Health

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

Keeping Infants Safe and Secure (KISS) for Schools

PI: Faisal Mawri, MD
Co-Investigator: Brian Nolan, MD
Funder: American Academy of Pediatrics Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) 
July 2010 - June 2011

Our previous research of the Flint, MI population illustrated the need to educate young first time parents, particularly young fathers about Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS). In this proposal we will administer an educational program about SBS to Flint high school students. The Keeping Infants Safe and Secure (KISS) for School program includes free educational materials and an educational DVD presentation about SBS in a classroom setting.  The goals of this program are 1. To educate high school students at three Flint High Schools about the effects and dangers of SBS; 2. To measure the students’ knowledge of SBS before and after program implementation; 3. To demonstrate the feasibility and acceptability of this program to high school students and staff through interviews and surveys; and 4.  To evaluate the costs of this educational program.  Our long term goal is to educate Michigan high school students about SBS and show that such programs are acceptable and can be feasibly and economically incorporated into a Michigan high school health curriculum.

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): 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.

Tackling Pediatric Obesity in an Economically Depressed Community

PI: Mahesh Sharman, MD
Funder: Kohl’s Cares for Kids
September 2010 - August 2011

The program’s goal is to teach children and their parents to make healthy food choices and increase their daily physical activity. This year-long awareness campaign will feature events at the Flint Farmer’s Market, Flint Children’s Museum, two elementary schools, one middle school, the Hurley Health and Fitness Center, and University of Michigan Recreation Center.