Current Projects

A pilot study on the development and implementation of a community-driven, comprehensive online diabetes information and management resource for American Indians from the Great Plains

Dr. Mugur Geana and Royetta Rodewald meeting with the Community Advisory Board from the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska. These meetings help our researchers to get a deeper understanding of the tribe's cultural dimensions in order to develop tailored communication tools which will better serve diabetic patients in the community.

 

Description: This pilot study funded by the Center for Diabetes Translation Research from the Washington University in St. Louis employs culturally appropriate messages, tailored health information, as well as an integrated set of tools for participants to track their health and communicate online to improve American Indians’ knowledge and management of diabetes.

 

Middle School Alcohol Use and Abuse Prevention—Developing a Strategic Media Intervention for Johnson County, Kansas

 

During lunch break, middle school students receive branded water bottles and sign their name on one of the campaign banners, as part of their pledge to be aware and not drink alcohol.

Description: We are working in collaboration with the Johnson County Regional Prevention Office to conduct research about parents’ attitudes and behaviors regarding alcohol use prevention behaviors, and to develop a strategic campaign to improve awareness about alcohol consumption risks to both middle school children and their parents. The one-week campaign was implemented in September of 2013 at the Lexington Trails Middle School and the Oxford Middle School.

 

Capacity Building for Community Based Participatory Research Driving Public Health Campaigns to Address the Dengue Epidemic in the Canton of Pococi, Province of Limon, Costa Rica.

Our delegation of researchers form CEHCUP and KUMC attending a presentation at the School of Public Health, University of Costa Rica. Photo courtesy of Ana Leonor Rivera.

Description: This international research project funded by KU’s International Office and the University of Costa Rica (UCR) aims to develop research capacity in Costa Rica for Community Based Participatory Research projects. A result of this development will be the research and implementation of a community-engagement campaign to increase awareness about dengue prevention in one of the most affected provinces in Costa Rica. The multidisciplinary collaboration also involved researchers from KUMC’s Department of Family Medicine and UCR’s School of Public Health.

 

Heartland Community Health Center (HCHC) Awareness and Branding Campaign

On Tuesday, Dr. Mugur Geana met with representatives of the Heartland Community Health Center to discuss objectives and strategies to increase awareness in the Lawrence community about the community clinic, to better address the healthcare needs of underserved populations in Lawrence.

Description: Underserved populations and health disparities are encountered all over the United States, and Lawrence, KS is not an exception. We are working with the Heartland Community Health Center to improve their outreach to these populations and to promote their preventive and curative health services.

 

Exploring social networks and their use for health information retrieval and share among Native Americans and White adolescents in rural Kansas.

Description: This study explores the role of social networks for health information search, share and retrieval among adolescents living in rural Kansas. This project brings together researchers from different areas of communication: Health, scholastic journalism, social networks, and it is done with the support of the Royal Valley School District in Hoyt, Kansas.