Marie A. Bakitas, DNSc, APRN, FAAN

Marie-BakitasReducing Barriers to Palliative Care for Heart Failure Patients and Their Families

Funded by the National Palliative Care Research Center (NPCRC) the objective of this study is to determine the efficacy of ENABLE: CHF-PC (Comprehensive Heartcare For Patients and Caregivers), an intervention tailored to rural, older adults with advanced heart failure (HF) in reducing HF morbidity and improving patient and caregiver quality of life and quality of care. This proposal will provide preliminary data for a large randomized controlled trial comparing ENABLE: CHF-PC to usual HF care.

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Marie A. Bakitas, DNSc, APRN, FAAN

Bakitas-150-x-210Project ENABLE - Educate, Nurture, Advise, Before Life Ends

Funded by the American Cancer Society, the objective of Dr. Bakitas's grant is to study whether a phone-based palliative care intervention can help reduce access disparities for veterans, minorities and patients from rural areas who have advanced cancer.  Project ENABLE is a phone-based palliative care intervention for patients. Initial work has been done in an academic medical center setting.

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Comfort Enah, PhD, RN

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Video-gaming to prevent HIV in rural adolescents


Assistant professor Comfort Enah, PhD, has been awarded a three-year, K01 grant from NINR for a project titled “Development of an HIV Prevention Game for African American Rural Adolescents.”

 

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C. Ann Gakumo, PhD, RN

GakumoImproved HIV disease management through health literacy

Assistant Professor C. Ann Gakumo, PhD, RN has recently been named a UAB K-Scholar. This K-award provides salary for protected time devoted to both formal research training and for a mentored hands-on research experience.

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Karen Heaton, PhD, CEN, FNP-BC

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Making the highways safer: Improving sleep behaviors for long haul truckers

Karen Heaton, PhD, CEN, FNP-BC, Assistant Professor, was awarded an R21 grant from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) for her project titled, "Effects and Feasibility of a Computer-Based Intervention on Truck Drivers' Sleep." 

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Mirjam Kempf, PhD

Kempf_smReaching out to rural women with HIV; Improving clinical outcomes through Telemedicine

Associate Professor, Mirjam-Collette Kempf, PhD was awarded funding from the NIH- National Institute of Mental Health to fund a R34 project titled “Telemedicine to Improve Depression and Adherence in HIV + Women in the Rural South.”

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Karen Meneses, PhD, RN, FAAN

Meneses-headImproving the quality of life for young breast cancer survivors


Karen Meneses, PhD, RN, FAAN, has received a two-year grant from Women’s Breast Health Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham for her project, "The Young Breast Cancer Survivorship Network (YBCSN)."

 

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Rita Jablonski, PhD, RN, ANP

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Reducing Care-Resistant Behaviors in Persons with Dementia

The focus of Associate Professor, Dr. Jablonski’s program of research is on the development of interventions to reduce care-resistant behaviors exhibited by persons with dementia.

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Karen Meneses, PhD, RN, FAAN

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Improving outcomes for rural breast cancer survivors

Karen Meneses PhD, RN, FAAN research focuses on intervention to improve the quality of life of cancer survivors.  She was awarded an R01 National Cancer Institute (R01CA120638; 2007-2013) for her project “Rural Breast Cancer Survivor Intervention (RBCS).” 

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