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Faculty Projects

Faculty Project Name and Description
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Chiara Acquati

The Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Cancer Care and Health-Related Quality of Life of Racial and Ethnic Minority Women Diagnosed with Breast Cancer

End Date:
8/31/2021

Sponsor:
National Institutes of Health

This study will further understanding of the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has on the cancer care received by non-Hispanic Black and Hispanic women by assessing differential rates of cancer care disruption and health-related quality of life and by examining how proximal, intermediate, and distal determinants of disparities differentially contribute to these outcomes.

Chiara Acquati

Minority Health Research and Education Grant Program

End Date:
8/31/2021

Sponsor: 
Texas Higher Education coordinationg Board 

Establishing Academic-Clinical Partnerships with Federally Qualified Health Clinics  

Samira Ali
Samira Ali
Gilead - Compass Initiative 2021-2023
Sustain Compass Coordinating Center Phase Two

End Date
12/31/2024

Sponsor:
Gilead Sciences

Working to address HIV/AIDS in The South by focusing on mental health, trauma-informed care, substance use (especially harm reduction and the opioid epidemic) and wellness in the context of HIV/AIDS. We work collaboratively to build capacity among organizations, institutions, and other entities to reduce HIV/AIDS disparities in care and advance equities in the Southern United States.

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Sharon Borja

Latino Health and Behavioral Health Services Utilization

End Date:
9/30/2021

Sponsor:
Department of health and Human Service

A mixed-methods study using experimental vignette survey, qualitative methods, and pilot testing of an electronic fotonovela intervention.

Nicole Bromfield
Nicole Bromfield

Pilot Study: Advancing a Knowledge Base of Children in Street Situations in Namibia

End Date:
8/31/2021

Sponsor:
University of Houston 

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Jodi Berger Cardoso

Mediational Intervention for Sensitizing Caregivers

End Date: 
10/31/2021

Sponsor: 
University of Houston

A formative research study to evaluate feasibility and acceptability for families seperated by migration.

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Robin Gearing
Assisted Outpatient Treatment Program for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness

 End Date:
7/29/2024

Sponsor:
Harris Center

 


Robin Gearing

The Fort Bend County Community Collaborate Program for Justice Involved and At-RiSk Youth with MI or CMISA (FOCUS Youth) Program

End Date:
6/30/2024

Sponsor:
Fort Bend County

 

Robin Gearing

Fort Bend County Mental Health Justice System: Stepping Up

End Date:
9/30/2021

Sponsor:
Fort Bend County

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Sheara Jennings

Project HYPE 3.0

End Date: 
6/30/2021

Sponsor:
Department of Health and Human Services

HYPE is an acronym for Helping Youth Prevent Engaging in risky behaviors. These two federally funded projects are designed to equip minority youth (Black and Hispanic/LatinX), ages 15-19, with the knowledge and skills needed to prevent teen pregnancy, the transmission of sexually transmitted infections including HIV, and other related risky behaviors; and to promote healthy relationships.

Sheara Jennings

Project HYPE Evaluation

End Date:
9/29/2021

Sponsor:
Change Happens

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Charles Lea

The Best Starts For Kids 

End Date: 
12/31/2021

Sponsor:
University of Washington

A key goal of this project is to identify indicators of “success” for programs that positively improve youth health, well-being, and educational outcomes – such as cultural identity development, leadership skills, positive relationships, and social and civic values.

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McClain Sampson
Equity in Perinatal Health: A Healthy Start Initiative

End Date:
3/31/2024

Sponsor:
Health Resources and Services Administration

 

The Healthy Start initiative is a direct services program aimed at reducing racial disparities in maternal and infant birth outcomes by targeting communities in Houston with infant mortality rates twice the rate of the national average. Through coordinated care case management with mothers, community based health education, a consortium of stakeholders and a fatherhood involvement program, Healthy Start delivers evidence-based strategies to improve the lives of women, infants and fathers during pregnancy and beyond. Research related to Healthy Start tracks the effectiveness of the home visit curriculum and seeks to examine effectiveness of care coordination between case management and medical care. 

 

McClain Sampson

GLOBE: Team Training for Behavioral Health

End Date: 
8/31/2021

Sponsor: 
Health Resources and Services Administration

GLOBE is part of a nationwide program to increase the number of clinical behavioral health provides who are competent in working in integrated healthcare with interprofessional medical teams. The program delivers advance training to social work and counseling psychology students through curriculum and workshops. Research related to GLOBE explores the effectiveness of the behavioral health training program and improvement in clinical skills for service delivery to co-occurring mental health and physical health conditions. 

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Christina Miyawaki
Caregiver-Provided Life Review For Persons with Dementia in Care Facilities

 

End Date:
7/31/2023

Sponsor:
Alzheimer's Association

 

Christina Miyawaki

RAPID Supplement: Caregiver-Provided Life Review for Persons with Dementia in Care Facilities

End Date:
7/31/2025

Sponsor: Alzheimer's Association

 

Christina Miyawaki

Caregiving and Disability in Older Vietnamese in the U.S.

End Date:
6/30/2021

Sponsor:
University of Texas Medical Branch

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Monit Cheung
Child Welfare Education Project

 

End Date:
6/30/2022

Sponsor:
DFPS

This project provides students a stipend so that their tuition, books and costs of studying in the Master of Social Work program can be covered. Also included are child welfare-oriented classes and field internships, special seminars and workshops focused on child welfare issues to enhance the educational experience, staff assistance to give focused advising and field internship support, and employment in Children's Protective Services (CPS) after graduation.

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Aabha Brown
Building Hate Crime Response Capacity in Community Based Organizations

 

End Date:
1/31/2022

Sponsor:
Houston Coalition Against Hate

This research will expand understanding of the ways in which community based organizations respond to hate crimes as well as support victims of hate crimes. This project is designed to gain knowledge and engage with community members to understand their perspectives which is fundamental to indetifying opportunities for change. Through this research we aim to design training that will assist in building organizational response capacity to hate crimes in our local community.

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Sarah Narendorf

 

Homeless Youth Healthcare Initiative 

End Date: 
8/31/2021

Sponsor:
The Simmons Foundation

The Homeless Youth Healthcare Initiative (HYHI) was founded in 2016 in response to multiple studies conducted by Dr. Narendorf and collaborator Dr. Santa Maria from UT School of Nursing that demonstrate the enormous health disparities experienced by homeless youth in Houston. Currently, HYHI is training young adults with experiences of homelessness to lead research and evaluation through our health fellows program.

Sarah Narendorf

The Impact of Social Networks on Mental Health Decision-Making Among Youth Aging Out of Foster Care

End Date: 
10/31/2021

Sponsor:
University of Houston

Youth that age out of the foster care system often discontinue mental health services as they exit. This study uses mixed methods data collection, including social network analysis, to understand how youth make decisions about where to seek support for mental health problems after leaving foster care.

 


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Suzanne Pritzker

Building Civic Engagement in the Post-Harvey Context: Exploring Facilitators and Barriers to Civic Activity in Four Hurricane-Affected Communities in Houston

End Date:
9/30/2021

Sponsor:
Americorps

A community-based participatory research project using qualitative methods to explore how communities experience civic engagement, what residents perceive as facilitators and barriers to civic engagement, and how their experiences with crisis and recovery from a natural disaster shape civic engagement.

Suzanne Pritzker

Civic Engagement Through the Voices of Latino/a Youth

End Date:
9/30/2021

Sponsor: 
Americorps

This project uses a community-based participatory research design. In partnership with a youth research team, we use qualitative methods to explore how Latinx youth experience civic engagement, what Latinx youth perceive as facilitators and barriers to civic engagement, and what strategies Latinx youth recommend to increase civic engagement among their peers.

Suzanne Pritzker

Exploring Civic Engagement During COVID-19

End Date:
9/30/2021

Sponsor: 
Americorps

Using a community-based participatory research approach, this entirely virtual project engages community members through virtual focus groups and interviews to explore how communities experiencing high COVID-19 risk engage civically during COVID-19, as well as ways in which community members find their civic engagement supported and challenged in light of the COVID-19 crisis. This project seeks to identify community-driven strategies to strengthen civic engagement during and after a pandemic, especially in communities with repeated exposure to external disasters.