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Current Grants

Research conducted by the MEZCOPH faculty is essential for achieving our mission of promoting the health of individuals and communities. The broad spectrum of research conducted within the College is unique, since it includes basic science research as well as population and community studies. Having researchers with such diversity, within the same college, affords opportunities for collaborative projects that can bridge these different research areas. For example, recent mapping of the human genome has opened doors to better understand the role that genes play in diseases, but also highlights the need for such findings to be validated in population studies. Research within the college also benefits our students by ensuring that they are being taught leading edge material in the classroom and by providing opportunities for student participation on research projects.

Noteworthy 2010 Grants

Jefferey L. Burgess:
Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (PERLC)
Merrill Eisenberg:
Communities Putting Prevention to Work
Elizabeth Jacobs:
Vitamin D and its role in colon cancer
Sydney Pettygrove:
Arizona Developmental Disabilities Surveillance Program
Douglas Taren:
Arizona Collaborative Public Health Training Center (AzPHTC)
The Rural Health Office:
State Office of Rural Health Project grant

Research Grants 2009

Below is a list of major research grants for 2009, organized alphabetically by researcher.

Gail P Barker:
Teach-Tec - teaching K-12 teachers how to use technology
Paloma Beamer:
Characterization of Infants' Exposure to Trichloroethylene: Implications for Cancer Risk Assessment
Migration of Soil Particles to the Indoor Environment: Implications for Risk Assessment.
Water Contaminant Exposure and Risk Assessment Laboratory
Spatial Analysis of Traffic-Related Exposures and Respiratory Outcomes in Children
Lynda J. Bergsma:
State Office of Rural Health Grant
Sylvia Brown:
Traffic, Mobility and Reproductive Outcomes
Jefferey L. Burgess:
Arizona Center for Public Health Preparedness
Modeling Dietary Contributions to Arsenic Dose and Methylation: Elucidating Predictive Linkages
Determination of Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease in Firefighters
Development of a Severe Injury Surveillance System for Hazard Identification and Guiding Technological Interventions
Fireground Injuries: An International Evaluation of Causes and Best Practices
Implementing Risk Management Strategies to Prevent Injuries among Firefighters
Graduate Industrial Hygiene Program Grant, University of Arizona
Zhao Chen:
Arsenic Exposure and Women's Health
Anemia and Its Relationship with Sarcopenia, Physical Funcstion and Mortality
Biomarkers and Genetic Factors Related to Sarcopenia in Older Women
Longitudinal Changes in Hip Geometry and Skeletal Muscle
Reduced phosphate absorption is associated with the development of osteoporosis in older population
Kathryn Coe:
Teach Tec - teach K-12 teachers how to use technology
Cultural Tailoring: Assessment of cultural tailoring in community-based programs
Gila River Assessment of Cancer Cases and Referral Patterns
Hopi: Development of a Navigator Program
San Carlos Apache Study of HPV and vaccine preparedness on the reservation
Nevada Indian Health Board - technical assistance
Development and Implementation of a Collaborative Program Aimed at Building Inter-generational Relationships and Resilience in a Community Experience
Southwest American Indian Collaborative Network (SAICN)
Kaibab Paiute Research study of KABB relative to cancer
HPV Knowledge, Attitudes, and Vaccine Readiness among SW Indians
Cancer Burden of the Hopi Tribe
Community based cancer navigation
Southwest American Indian Community Network Program
Christina Cutshaw:
Exploring Recovery and Parenting Challenges Among Women Completing Substance Abuse Treatment and Reunification Plans in Pima County
Rebecca Drummond :
Coordination Plan for First Things First Cochise Regional Partnerhsip Council
Consultant for Yuma County Public Health Services District Tobacco Program
Evaluation for Yuma County Public Health Services District First Things First Community Based Training
Evaluation Partnership with Canyon Ranch Institute
Consulting & Evaluation for Arizona Department of Education Coordinated School Health Program
Evaluation/TA for YCPHSD FTF Child Care Consultant
Burris Duncan:
Parental Acceptance of an Intense Physiotherapeutic Program for Cerebral Palsy
John Ehiri:
City Health - Center for the Study of Community Health (UAB Prevention Research Center)
Foundations of MCH: Assessment, Policies, Programs, and Leadership
UAB Framework for Global Health Program
MCH Training Grant
Merrill Eisenberg:
U of A LIfe and Work Connections
New Mexico HealthLinks
Colorado HealthLInks
Marana Youth Farm Evaluation
Howard J. Eng:
Binational Assessment of U.S.-Mexico Border Health Research Needs
U.S.-Mexico Border eHealth Assessment
Kacey Ernst:
Impact of Hepatitis A vaccination Policy on Vaccine Uptake and Hepatitis A Epidemiology
Aedes aegypti longevity at the edge of its range: implications for climate change and mosquito-borne disease
Janet A. Foote:
Brief Assessment of Skin Cancer Awareness among Free-Screening Participants
Joe Gerald:
Early Recognition of Sepsis Using Automated Decision Rule
Cost-Effectiveness of Asthma Screening
Vail Community Assessment of Insurance and Medical Service Utilization
Lynn Gerald:
Vail Community Assessment of Insurance and Medical Service Utilization
Peter R. Giacobbi, Jr.:
Examining the Scope and Impact of National Institutes of Health Funded Research in the Movement Sciences
Validity evidence for use of the NEO-FFI scores in athletic training: Internal structure, test content, and population norms
A measurement and conceptual investigation of exercise imagery establishing construct validity
Brenda Granillo:
Early Warning Infectious Disease Surveillance Project
Public Health Emergency Management Program
Norma Gray:
Reducing Health Disparities in an Urban American Indian Community
Integration and Expansion of Substance Abuse and HIV Prevention Services for an Urban American Indian Community
Stay Healthy Follow-up Study
Angelika C. Gruessner:
Development of a multi-organ transplant information system
The International Pancreas Transplant Registry
Jill Guernsey de Zapien :
Yuma Needs and Assets Assessment
Scoping Review
Rural Health Professions Project
Robin B. Harris:
Natural Killer Cell Receptor Immunogenetic Variability and Susceptibility to Persistent HPV Infection
Exploring potential relationship between arsenic and cancer-SPORE Supplement
Modeling dietary contributions to arsenic dose and methylation
Lawrence Gary Hart:
Arizona Health Workforce Study
Arizona AHEC Program Evaluation
Arizona Workforce Study II
Arizona Small Rural Hospital Flexibility Program
Creation of a National Frontier/Remote Definition
Small Rural Hospital Improvement Grant Program (SHIP)
Arizona Health Workforce Data System
Chiu-Hsieh (Paul) Hsu:
Statistical Methods for Neoplastic Prevention Trials
Chengcheng Hu:
Methods for Long-Term Follow-Up of HIV-Infected Patients
Maia Ingram:
Legacy Tobacco Cessation Evaluation Contract
Salud Para Todos Evaluation Contract
Salud Si Evaluation Contract
Battered Immigrant Women Project
Elizabeth Jacobs:
Functional effects of genetic variation in enzymes of metabolism and catabolism of 1,25 (OH)2D
Serum 25(OH)D, intake of vitamin D, and breast cancer recurrence in the WHEL study
VDR Variants, Nutrient Intakes, and Adenoma Recurrence
Mary P. Koss:
Safety Connections
Camo Camp
Violence Against Women Applied Research Forum
Bonnie J LaFleur:
Mechanisms of Gastric Mucous Cell Metaplasia
Maria Elena Martinez:
Post-Baccalaureate Training Program to Address Breast Cancer Disparities in Mexican/Mexican-American Women
Comparative Study of Breast Cancers and their Risk Factors among Mexican Women in Mexico and the US
Development of a Program to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening in Arizona
Colon Cancer Prevention Program Project - Project 3
Deborah J McClelland :
Profile of Refugee Primary Care Access and Delivery Needs in Pima County
Stephen Michael:
Jeannette (Jennie) L Mullins:
Southwest Public Health Leadership Institute Border Health Leadership Program
Jennifer S. Peters:
Rural People, Rural Policy Initiative
Sydney Pettygrove:
Arizona Developmental Disabilities Surveillance Program (ADDSP)
University Centers on Disabilities
Ralph Renger:
Housing and Urban Development Hope VI Evaluation (Martin Luther King); City of Tucson: Department of Housing and Urban Development
Oklahoma State Department of Health: Design, Facilitation and Evaluation of Tabletop Exercise for Pandemic Influenza
Oklahoma State Department of Health: Design, Facilitation and Evaluation of Executive Tabletop with Oklahoma State Legislature Exercise
Oklahoma State Department of Health: Design, Facilitation and Evaluation of Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI) Functional Exercise
Oklahoma State Department of Health: Design, Facilitation and Evaluation of Medical Surge Tabletop Exercise
Analysis of the American Evaluation Association Database
Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS): Arizona Cancer Control Program
Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS): Chronic Disease Project (Breast Cancer Screening, Colorectal Cancer Screening, Stroke Awareness and Stroke Prevention
Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS): Arizona Living Well
Kelly Reynolds:
Indoor mold control on porous surfaces using household bleach
Toxin producing cyanobacteria in Egypt's Suez Canal
Integrated Capture and Spectroscopic Detection of Viruses
National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center
The occurrence of H1N1 and seasonal influenza A virus on household and day care center fomites
Bacterial contamination of home electronics
Molecular epidemiology of C. difficile food contamination: links to human CDAC
Cecilia Rosales:
Challenges to Farmworker Health on the US-Mexico
ISA U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services
Excellence in Partnerships for Community Outreach, Research on Health Disparities
Building a Transborder Observatory for Health at the US Mexico Border
Interprofessional Arizona Area Health Education Center (AHEC): Yuma Regional Health Professions Training Initiative
Samantha Sabo:
Centers of Excellence to Counter Chronic Disease on the U.S. Mexico Border
Healthy Start Evaluation Contract
Kenneth Schachter:
Southwest Public Health Leadership Institute
Eyal Shahar:
The Jackson Heart Study
Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA)
Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study
The Sleep Heart Health Study
Duane Sherrill:
Serum inflammatory biomarkers as predictors of COPD morbidity and mortality
Lisa K. Staten:
Southwest Center for Community Health Promotion
Evaluation of ADHS Diabetes Education Appropriation
Healthy Steps for Families
Canyon Ranch Center for Prevention and Health Promotion
Joseph A. Tabor:
Epidemiological Study of Valley Fever
Douglas Taren:
Development and Implementation of an Usher Screening Program
Rocky Mountain MCH Certificate Program
The Health of Migrant Farmworkers and a Model of Social Responsibility of Agricultural Enterprises
Decreasing MCH Disparities Through Graduate Education
Operational Research Study on the Nutritional Impact of Dehydrated Potato Flakes and Isolated Soy Protein
First things First Evaluation
Nicolette I. Teufel-Shone:
Hualapai Cancer Prevention Program
Hualapai Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction Program
Building Community Capacity to Prevent and Control Heart Disease
Leveraging Social Influence to Increase Physical Activity
Ron Watson:
Immunomodulation: Cardiovascular structure and function NIH NHLBI HL079206
Pycnogenol to lower hypertensive drug use in diabetics
Immunoregulation by DHEA: Prevente Cardiac Dysfunction
Pycnogenol's effect on diastolic dsyfunction and myocardial fibrosis in hypertensive subjects with echocardiographic evidence of mild to moderate dias
Leptin in cardiac remodeling
Nicole P. Yuan:
Alcoholism and Violence Among American Indian Tribes
Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Program

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