Silveyra Receives CEHS Pilot Grant

Dr. Patricia Silveyra, Associate Professor and Director of the SON Biobehavioral Lab, has been selected as a recipient of the 2020-2021 UNC Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility (CEHS) Pilot Projects Program. The $30,000 pilot funding will support her project “Sex differences in ozone-induced asthma exacerbations: role of the microbiome”. The CEHS Pilot Projects Program is supported by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences of the National Institutes of Health award number P30ES010126. Congratulations, Dr. Silveyra!

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Hirschey, Bryant and Santacroce Publish Article in Health Psychology.

The article, titled “Predicting physical activity among cancer survivors: Meta-analytic path modeling of longitudinal studies”, can be found here.

Ebahi Ikharo Collects Data and Human Insights in Namibia

Ebahi Ikharo, PhD student and Hillman Scholar, recently went to Namibia to help design a tool to identify and improve compliance issues in hospital maternity wards. She came back to NC with some insights on nurses’ mental health. Supported by the UNC’s IntraHealth Summer Fellows Program, Ikharo spent 3 weeks working with the Nursing Now campaign in Namibia, collecting data in maternity wards across 5 different hospitals. Namibia’s Ministry of Heath is using the data to create a tool to assess compliance with standards and recommendations for areas of improvement … Continued

Paper by Wu and Berry Recognized as Top Cited Article

Published by Postdoctoral Fellow Grace Wu, PhD, RN, and Professor Diane Berry, PhD, ANP-BC, FAANP, FAAN in November 2017, their paper “Impact of weight stigma on physiological and psychological health outcomes for overweight and obese adults: A systematic review” has been recognized by the Journal of Advanced Nursing as one of top cited articles in the journal’s recent publication history. Congratulations to Drs. Wu and Berry!

From Carolina Nursing Magazine: When Health Disparities Hit Home

Jada L. Brooks, PhD, MPSH, RN, was an undergraduate student at UNC Pembroke when she realized the health of her community was in danger. She was shadowing a local pediatrician in Pembroke, North Carolina, when she recognized an alarming disparity in children’s health from the Lumbee Indian Tribe – her tribe. “So many of the American Indian children in the clinic had ear infections, many more than any other racial group, and there didn’t seem to be a clear explanation for the difference,” says Brooks, an assistant professor at the … Continued

Khairat Receives Innovation Well-Being Pilot Award

Dr. Saif Khairat and Dr. Carl Seashore received the 2019 Innovation Well-Being Pilot Award from the UNC System-Wide Integrated Well-Being Program and Center for Health Innovation. The use of electronic health records (EHR) directly contributes to physician burnout. Additionally, poor EHR design can affect decision making and cause delays in care, medical errors, and unanticipated patient-safety events. By providing individualized training for physicians struggling with EHR documentation, this project aims to improve EHR use and mitigate EHR-related stressors, decreasing the EHR burden and improving physician well-being. The announcement via UNC … Continued

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Four School of Nursing Faculty Attend American Heart Association Meetings

In November (2019) four School of Nursing faculty members (Drs. Cortes, Davis, Wu, and Zegre-Hemsey) attended the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in Philadelphia, PA. In addition to attending sessions, each shared their expertise with conference goers by presenting science, serving on expert panels, attending leadership events, and meeting with funding officers to discuss future research projects. Dr. Yamnia Ivelisse Cortes served on an Early Career panel for the Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing (CVSN) Council entitled: “Negotiating Your Career”, presenting on career development tips and resources for PhD students. Dr. … Continued

Xavier Gives Expert Lecture at International Society of Nurses in Genetics Conference

Dr. Xavier recently gave an expert lecture at the International Society of Nurses in Genetics Conference (ISONG) in San Antonio Texas on November 8th, 2019. The conference aims to Understand the transformative nature of genomic nursing science on global health. Explore future applications of genomic nursing to foster healthy populations. Articulate the role of nurses in leading advances in genomic health. Xavier’s lecture focused on state of the science and clinical utility of polygenic risk scores as an analytical tool for symptom science.  

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Van Riper and Pados Awarded “Dhillon’s Gift” Grant Funding

Congratulations to Professor Marcia Van Riper and alumna Britt Pados for being selected to receive grant funding from the Dhillon Jordan Shah Innovation Fund in Congenital Heart Disease. Dr. Van Riper and her team received $4,000 to conduct their study “Social Determinants of Health-Related Quality of Life and Family Adaptation in Families of Children with Congenital Heart Disease, Families of Children with Down Syndrome and Families of Children with Both Congenital Heart Disease and Down Syndrome.” The purpose of the study is to examine how social determinants of health influence … Continued

Hirschey, Bryant, and Leeman Receive Research Grant from the Oncology Nursing Foundation

Rachel Hirschey (PI), together with SON co-investigators Ashley Leak Bryant and Jennifer Leeman, has received an Oncology Nursing Foundation Research Grant to support her research titled “African American Cancer Survivors Engagement to Develop a Physical Activity Intervention.” Over the next two years, the funding will support engagement with African American colon and rectal cancer survivors to co-create a physical activity intervention. Dr. Stephanie Wheeler from the UNC Gillings School of Public Health is also a co-investigator of this project. The total awarded amount is $24,852. Congratulations to Rachel and her … Continued

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