Health and Medicine

'Obtuse Women': Venereal Disease Control Policies and Maintaining a 'Fit' Nation

Sponsor name: 
N/A
UK Department: 
UK Department of History
Duration: 
06/06/2011 - 06/06/2012

In her MA thesis, 'Obtuse Women': Venereal Disease Control Policies and Maintaining a 'Fit' Nation, 1920-1945, Ashley Sorrell utilized the Linda Neville papers, which are part of the University of Kentucky’s extensive Appalachian Collection.  Sorrell describes how these materials helped shape her research.

Please contact the following individual if you have any questions about this project: 
Ashley Sorrell

Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening for Patients with Multiple Morbidities

Sponsor name: 
National Cancer Institute
UK Department: 
Behavioral Science
Duration: 
05/21/2008 - 04/30/2011

Appalachian and rural underserved residents, in general, experience higher rates of multiple morbidities (MM) with fewer resources to prevent and manage disease.

Please contact the following individual if you have any questions about this project: 
Nancy Schoenberg, nesch@uky.edu

Faith Moves Mountains: A CBPR Appalachian Wellness & Cancer Prevention Program

Sponsor name: 
National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities
UK Department: 
Behavioral Science
Duration: 
05/22/2008 - 01/31/2013

Appalachian communities are disproportionately affected by many of the leading risk factors associated with cancer incidence and mortality, factors amenable to primary and secondary prevention.

Please contact the following individual if you have any questions about this project: 
Nancy Schoenberg, nesch@uky.edu

ARRA: An Intergenerational CBPR Intervention to Reduce Appalachian Health Disparities

Sponsor name: 
National Institute Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney
UK Department: 
Behavioral Science
Duration: 
04/10/2010 - 03/31/2011

This supplementary proposal seeks to assess and likely improve the measurement of physical activity (PA), a key primary outcome of the parent grant, within our community-based sample of rural residents. Currently, the protocol for our energy balance intervention uses self-report for PA assessment. Although self-reported PA is an easily obtained method that is culturally acceptable, existing literature demonstrates that there are limitations in the accuracy of such reports.

Please contact the following individual if you have any questions about this project: 
Nancy Schoenberg, esch@uky.edu

Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening in Rural Kentucky

Sponsor name: 
National Cancer Institute
UK Department: 
Int Med - Hema/Onc
Duration: 
05/01/2005 - 03/31/2011

The University of Kentucky's Cancer Control Program, Department of Behavioral Science , Kentucky Cancer Program, and community partners are proposing a five-year, community-based, participatory project to increase colorectal cancer screening in rural Appalachian Kentucky (51 counties in eastern Kentucky). Compared with the rest of the U.S., Appalachian Kentucky is medically underserved, economically distressed, and disproportionately burdened with different types of cancer.

Please contact the following individual if you have any questions about this project: 
Mark Dignan, mbdign2@email.uky.edu

Promoting Life Skills in Middle School Youth

Sponsor name: 
Cooperative State Research Education and Extension
UK Department: 
Nutrition and Food Science
Duration: 
05/15/2007 - 05/14/2011

The purpose of Kentucky's Sustainable Community Project is to provide educational life skills programs for middle school youth. The primary goal of the project is for middle school youth of the target counties to exhibit an increase in the number oflife skills and developmental assets they possess, assuring increased health, happiness, and contribution to their communities. Short term objectives include increased awareness and understanding of critical life skills; increased community collaborations; and opportunities for youth to engage in program planning and evaluation processes.

Please contact the following individual if you have any questions about this project: 
Janet Kurzynske, jkurzyns@email.uky.edu

Drugged Driving in Alcohol-restricted Rural Appalachia

Sponsor name: 
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
UK Department: 
Center on Drug and Alcohol Research
Duration: 
05/10/2008 - 04/30/2011

The literature on drug-impaired driving, or "drugged" driving, has not experienced the same growth as the alcohol-related DUI literature despite the early and continued recognition that drug-impaired driving is a major public health concern. This application proposes a study to examine alcohol-impaired and drug-impaired driving in rural Appalachia, a group of DUI offenders who are virtually unstudied.

Please contact the following individual if you have any questions about this project: 
John Webster, webster@email.uky.edu

Kentucky Asthma Management Program

Sponsor name: 
American Academy of Pediatrics
UK Department: 
Pulmonology
Duration: 
12/30/2008 - 07/31/2010

Kentucky has the highest rate of lung disease in the U.S., including childhood asthma, with the highest rates in Eastern Kentucky. This problem is complicated by the highest smoking rates in the country, high poverty rates, poorly educated citizens, physician shortages, high obesity rates, and pre-conceived biases of local residents. This significantly impacts the lives of children in the area, resulting in an increased morbidity and mortality, missed school for children, and missed work for parents.

Please contact the following individual if you have any questions about this project: 
Don Hayes, ddhaye2@email.uky.edu

Internet Based Voucher Reinforcement for Smoking Cessation

Sponsor name: 
National Cancer Institute
UK Department: 
Center on Drug and Alcohol Research
Duration: 
07/01/2007 - 08/31/2010

Internet Based Voucher Reinforcement for Smoking Cessation: Tobacco use continues to be the number one preventable cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States. In no other population are the prevalence rates and problems of smoking more apparent and pronounced than those in rural populations, where access to treatment is limited. Current smoking cessation interventions are modestly effective, which suggest the need for therapies that are more intensive, innovative, and accessible.

Please contact the following individual if you have any questions about this project: 
William Stoops, wwstoo0@email.uky.edu

Evaluation of Medication Non-Adherence and Associated Factors in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Sponsor name: 
ASHP Foundation
UK Department: 
Pharmacy Practice & Science
Duration: 
02/01/2008 - 12/31/2010

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition in which symptoms develop following a traumatic event and are characterized by intrusive thoughts, nightmares, and flashbacks of past traumatic events, avoidance of reminders of trauma, hypervigilance, and sleep disturbance, all of which lead to considerable social, occupational, and interpersonal dysfunction. The lifetime prevalence of PTSD ranges from 7.8 to 12.3%; moreover, PTSD is a chronic disorder for up to 50% of subjects.

Please contact the following individual if you have any questions about this project: 
Sheila Botts, sbott2@uky.edu