Toles Awarded Grant to Further Connect-Home Collaborative

Dr. Mark Toles was recently awarded $75,000 from Lutheran Services in America for the “Connect-Home Collaborative.” The Collaborative is designed to use tools developed by Toles and his team to train patients and caregivers on how to safely make the transition from a skilled nursing facility to home care with few complications.With co-investigator Dr. Jennifer Leeman, Dr. Toles will study the effectiveness of a set of quality improvement strategies for scaling-up the Connect-Home transitional care intervention. The pilot work will be conducted in nursing homes located in Maryland, Michigan, New … Continued

Khairat Awarded NC TraCS Grant

Kudos to Dr. Saif Khairat, who received a $2,000 grant from NC TraCS titled “Teleconsent to Overcome Barriers and Gaps in Clinical Trial Enrollment” for 2017-2018. Khairat serves as principal investigator on the grant with an interprofessional team consisting of members Betsy Sleath Co-I (Pharmacy), Paige Ottmar (Public Health) and Christina Smith (RA).  The objective of the team’s initial efforts is to systematically demonstrate acceptance and effectiveness of teleconsent using formal methodologies. The main aim is to evaluate the feasibility, acceptability, and ethics of teleconsent, including access in remote sites and in … Continued

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Khairat Awarded NC TraCS Grant

Kudos to Dr. Saif Khairat, who received a $2,000 grant from NC TraCS titled “Teleconsent to Overcome Barriers and Gaps in Clinical Trial Enrollment” for 2017-2018. Khairat serves as principal investigator on the grant with an interprofessional team consisting of members Betsy Sleath Co-I (Pharmacy), Paige Ottmar (Public Health) and Christina Smith (RA).  The objective of the team’s initial efforts is to systematically demonstrate acceptance and effectiveness of teleconsent using formal methodologies. The main aim is to evaluate the feasibility, acceptability, and ethics of teleconsent, including access in remote sites and in … Continued

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Song Appointed Beerstecher-Blackwell Distinguished Term Scholar

Heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Lixin Song, who has been appointed the Beerstecher-Blackwell Distinguished Term Scholar. The Beerstecher-Blackwell Distinguished Professorship Fund was endowed in the School of Nursing Foundation to memorialize Carol Ann Beerstecher-Blackwell, BSN ’71, a pediatric nurse and lecturer at the SON, and to recognize SON faculty whose accomplishments and career are determined by their colleagues to be highly significant to the discipline, the University and the School. To receive an appointment as a named Distinguished Professor (full professor) or Distinguished Scholar (associate professor), a faculty member must be … Continued

Zomorodi to Lead UNC’s Interprofessional Efforts

We’re so proud of Dr. Meg Zomorodi, who has been named UNC’s first-ever assistant provost for Interprofessional Education. As such, she will lead Carolina’s newly formed Office for Interprofessional Education and Practice. Please see the official announcement and details regarding Dr. Zomorodi’s new post on the University Gazette’s website here. Congratulations, Meg!

Jacobson Vann’s Review Featured on NPR

Kudos to Dr. Julie Jacobson Vann, whose systematic review, “Patient reminder and recall interventions to improve immunization rates” was published in the Cochrane Review, and featured on NPR’s Morning Edition this morning! (Reprinted from NPR.org) Got Your Flu Shot Yet? Consider This A Reminder By: Patti Neighmond Marian Smith somehow missed getting a flu shot this year, which is unlike her — in the past, she always got one. The 58-year-old Washington D.C. resident says it was easier to remember to get it when the vaccine was provided at a … Continued

Giscombe Report Published by the American Psychological Association

Kudos to Dr. Cheryl Giscombe, whose report “Stress and Health Disparities: Contexts, Mechanisms and Interventions among Racial/Ethnic Minority and Low Socioeconomic Status Populations” was published by the American Psychological Association (APA) earlier this month. A press release on the report, which was developed by an APA working group of which Giscombe was a member, was distributed by the APA and is reprinted below. Higher Stress Among Minority and Low-Income Populations Can Lead to Health Disparities, Says Report Recommends steps to address stress that significantly affect health differences, life expectancy WASHINGTON — People … Continued

Giscombe Report Published by the American Psychological Association

Kudos to Dr. Cheryl Giscombe, whose report “Stress and Health Disparities: Contexts, Mechanisms and Interventions among Racial/Ethnic Minority and Low Socioeconomic Status Populations” was published by the American Psychological Association (APA) earlier this month. A press release on the report, which was developed by an APA working group of which Giscombe was a member, was distributed by the APA and is reprinted below. Higher Stress Among Minority and Low-Income Populations Can Lead to Health Disparities, Says Report Recommends steps to address stress that significantly affect health differences, life expectancy WASHINGTON — People … Continued

Van Riper Awarded Faculty Mentoring Award

Hats off to Dr. Marcia Van Riper who has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Faculty Mentoring Award sponsored by the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council in the Junior Faculty mentoring category. The award, which carries with it a $5,000 stipend, recognizes outstanding faculty members who go the extra mile to guide, mentor, and lead undergraduate and graduate students and junior faculty as they make important career decisions, embark on innovative research challenges, and enrich their lives through public service, teaching, and meaningful educational opportunities. All tenured and tenure-track … Continued

Dean Peragallo Montano to serve on the National Program Board for the National Clinician Scholars Program

Dean Peragallo Montano is pleased to have accepted an invitation to serve as Rotating Member of the National Program Board for the National Clinician Scholars Program (NCSP). Growing out of four decades of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Veterans Administration (VA) Clinical Scholars Program, an independent group of community, health system, policy and academic partners have come together to create and launch the new National Clinician Scholars Program (NCSP), a unique two-year, site-based post-graduate training program for physicians and nurses. The inaugural sites of the NCSP, formerly Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program sites, are the … Continued

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