Dr. Coretta Jenerette Earns 2015 C. Felix Harvey Award to Advance Institutional Priorities

Congratulations to Associate Professor Coretta Jenerette, PhD, RN, CNE, who was recently awarded the 2015 C. Felix Harvey Award! The award will provide funding for a project she developed with colleagues and community collaborators titled Developing a Virtual Training Technology to Enhance Patient-Provider Communication.

The project proposes to improve communication between patients and providers, especially about pain, by teaching skills to patients in ways that enrich the patient-provider relationship and ultimately improve patient health outcomes. To accomplish this, the team will use community-based participatory methods to develop and pilot test video vignettes and an interactive, web-based voice response system — a ‘Virtual Coach,’ to strengthen patient communication skills. The project will be conducted with individuals living with sickle cell—a marginalized, vulnerable minority population that disproportionately experiences negative health outcomes and that may markedly benefit from skilled patient-provider communication.

The C. Felix Harvey Award to Advance Institutional Priorities seeks to recognize exemplary faculty scholarship that reflects the University’s commitment to innovation. The award is given to the faculty member or members whose proposed project best applies humanities and/or social sciences methods or approaches that directly and positively impact constituencies outside the University.