Nevada’s Schools of Public Health fund statewide research initiatives

Nevada's Schools of Public Health fund statewide research initiatives

Earlier this year, the two Schools of Public Health at the University of Nevada, Reno, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, announced their partnership to provide $10,000 to support joint grant submissions, publications, community projects, contracts, professional presentations, and training. sessions. Today, Dean Muge Akpinar-Elci of Reno and Dean Shawn Gerstenberger of Las Vegas selected the following projects to receive $5,000 each:

    1. A Mixed Methods Pilot Investigation of Cannabis Perceptions and Behavior among Elderly Adults with Health Conditions in Nevada using Ecological Momentary Assessment, Tim Grigsby Ph.D. and Jennifer Carson, Ph.D.
    1. Bridging the Gap: A Housing-Based Assessment Tool for Global Health Disparities, Erika Marquez, Ph.D., MPH, and Joshua Garn, Ph.D., MS.

Co-primary investigators Tim Grigsby, assistant professor of social and behavioral health in Las Vegas, and Jennifer Carson, clinical associate professor and director of the Dementia Engagement, Education, and Research Program in Reno, proposed working on a pilot investigation. on the cannabis perceptions and behaviors of elderly people with health conditions in Nevada. They believe that the successful completion of this project will not only provide valuable insights into a critical and unexplored area of ​​study but will also position this multi-university team as leaders in this field. -development field. Additionally, this exploratory study has great potential to stimulate career development for junior faculty members at the same R1 state university. The data generated from this pilot project will provide solid preliminary data for future National Institutes of Health (NIH) exploratory (R21) or longitudinal (R01) funded projects.

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Erika Marquez, a mixed-methods researcher in Las Vegas, and Joshua Garn, an epidemiology associate professor in Reno, proposed a study objective to create an integrated housing-based assessment tool that examines the prevalence and clustering of environmental conditions in Pampanga. , Philippines, to inform local policies, practices, and programs. As the built environment in which we live, work, play, and worship is important in shaping global health outcomes, this group will identify environmental risk factors of concern and assess the feasibility and acceptability of conducting larger home-based intervention trials in Pampanga, Philippines. The primary outcome of this proposal is at least two publications from the proposed research and the submission of at least one NIH application or equivalent within one year of pilot data collection.

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In a shared statement, Dean Muge Akpinar-Elci of the School of Public Health in Reno and Dean Shawn Gerstenberger of the School of Public Health in Las Vegas expressed their excitement for this partnership:

“We have faculty who participate in research that provides valuable information about risk factors, disease trends, and overall health disparities. As the only schools accredited in Nevada by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), we consider it our duty to invest in the future not only of Nevadans but of communities around the world. We are proud to support research that will impact the health and livelihoods of future generations. “

In the spirit of collaboration, the two state universities are working together like never before to ensure we are ready when the next public health crisis occurs. To learn more about the work being done at both institutions, we encourage you to visit the School of Public Health at the University of Nevada, Reno, website and the School of Public Health at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, website.

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