Congratulations to Associate Professor Shawn Kneipp, PhD, RN, FAANP who was awarded more than $3 million in research grant funding from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities to reduce chronic disease risks in socioeconomically disadvantaged, unemployed populations.

With this ambitious multi-level study called NC Works4Health, Kneipp and her team will adapt and test the effectiveness of interventions introduced through Department of Social Services-Employment (DSS-E) programs to offer risk- and disease-prevention content to unemployed adults seeking benefits, training and placement assistance, as they are often under great stress and at risk for higher blood pressure, accelerated changes in weight and other factors that can lead to chronic disease. The team will likewise test interventions introduced with employers of clients placed by DSS-E aimed at improving supports for these clients to succeed as they transition into their new job, and thereby mitigate chronic disease risks.

Findings from NC Works4Health will advance the science of chronic disease prevention for this vulnerable population and will inform national public health efforts to address social determinants of health and reduce chronic disease burden at the community level.

The study will run through January 2024 and will include Co-Investigators from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health: Laura Linnen, Deborah Tate and Nisha Gottfredson of the Department of Health Behavior, Justin Trogdon of the Department of Health Policy and Management, and Michael Kosork of the Department of Biostatistics. Consultants on the study include William Cox and Patricia Devine, both of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Robert Gilmore of the Orange County (NC) Department of Social Services, and Joseph Himle of the University of Michigan School of Social Work.

Well done, Dr. Kneipp!

National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities  Award Number R01 MD012832, Kneipp (PI) 06/10/19-01/31/24 Funding $3,263,528: “NC Works4Health: Reducing Chronic Disease Risks in Socioeconomically Disadvantaged, Unemployed Populations” 

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