2011 Grants

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+.

Geriatric Education Center of Michgian: Training in the Community

PI: Ghassan Bachuwa, MD
Co-Investigators: Purushottom Naik, MD
Funder: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services January 2010 - December 2015

Hurley will serve as a subcontractor with Michigan State University.  The grant is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  HRSA is the primary Federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated or medically vulnerable.

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.

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.