ACHIEVING OPTIMAL HEALTH THROUGH RESEARCH

With our vision in mind, we are successfully partnering for research to address obesity and eliminate health disparities through intervention effectiveness research, implementation research and public health practice-based research.

Obesity, Nutrition, Physical Activity
and Associated Conditions

Other Conditions

Infrastructure

UMass Worcester Physical Activity Policy Research Collaboration Center
This grant establishes the UMMS Prevention Research Center as a collaborator in a network of academic institutions dedicated to developing and evaluating methods for successfully implementing local and state policies that promote physical activity.
UMass Principal Investigator: Stephenie Lemon, PhD
Partners: CDC consortium, WDPH
Funder: CDC SIP
Dates: 2009-2014

Navigating for Health
This study is testing the implementation of a community health worker outreach model among low-income Latinos with hypertension and diabetes who are disengaged from safety net institutions.
UMass Principal Investigator: Milagros C. Rosal, PhD
Partners: EMKCHC, MDPH, CMAHEC
Funder: CDC PRC project
Dates: 2009-2014

Evaluation of Mass in Motion and CTG Programs
This project provides statistical evaluation of the effectiveness of two Community Transformation Grants and the Mass in Motion and CTG programs directed by Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
UMass Principal Investigator: Wenjun Li, PhD
Partners: MDPH, CDC
Funder: MDPH
Dates: 2012-2014

The Fresh Start Trial
This study is assessing effectiveness of a culturally appropriate weight loss intervention for low-income, post-partum women participating in the Special Supplemental Nutritional Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) through a randomized controlled trial.
UMass Principal Investigators: Stephenie Lemon, PhD & Milagros Rosal, PhD
Partners: MDPH, WIC, WDPH, 3 health centers
Funder: NIH, NIMHD
Dates: 2012-2017

School Worksite Weight Gain Prevention Study
This cluster RCT will test a school-nurse coordinated implementation model of an evidence-based ecological obesity prevention intervention among high school workers in central Massachusetts.
UMass Principal Investigator: Stephenie Lemon, PhD & Lori Pbert, PhD
Partner: DOE
Funder: NIH, NCI
Dates: 2009-2014

Neighborhood Risk Factors for Falls in the Elderly
This project identifies modifiable neighborhood environmental determinants of outdoor falls among community-dwelling elders, provides policy recommendations and suggests intervention strategies.
UMass Principal Investigator: Wenjun Li, PhD
Partners: MDPH
Funder: NIH, NIA
Dates: 2008-2013

Feasibility Trial of a Problem-Solving Weight Loss Mobile Application
This project is developing and testing the feasibility a weight loss mobile application that includes common features such as self-monitoring, goal setting, and a social network, and an avatar-facilitated, idiographic problem solving feature that processes information intelligently to help patients identify solutions to weight loss problems.
UMass Principal Investigator: Sherry Pagoto, PhD
Partners: WPI
Funder: NIH, NIDDK
Dates: 2013-2015

School Nurse Intervention and Exercise Program for Overweight Teens
The major goal of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness and implementation of a school-based weight reduction program compared to an information only control condition in reducing BMI.
UMass Principal Investigator: Lori Pbert, PhD
Partner: MDPH
Funder: NIH, NHLBI
Dates: 2011-2014

Mindfulness Training to Promote Healthy Diet and Physical Activity in Teens
This pilot study is testing the feasibility and preliminary efficacy of a school-delivered, mindfulness + health education intervention compared to health education alone on dietary habits and physical activity in 9th graders in 2 high schools in Massachusetts.
UMass Principal Investigators: Lori Pbert, PhD and Elena Salmoirago-Blotcher, MD, PhD
Partner: MDPH
Funder: NIH, NCCAM
Dates: 2013-2015

Randomized Lifestyle Intervention in Obese Pregnant Hispanic Women
This RCT is testing a culturally and linguistically modified individually-tailored lifestyle intervention to optimize gestational weight gain and postpartum weight loss among overweight/obese Hispanic women.
UMass Principal Investigator: Milagros Rosal, PhD (subcontract PI)
Funder: NIH, NIDDK
Dates: 2013-2018

Randomized Trial of a Postpartum Diabetes Prevention Program for Hispanic Women
The goal of this RCT is to test the efficacy of a culturally and linguistically modified, individually-tailored lifestyle intervention to reduce diabetes and cardiovascular risk factors among post-partum Hispanic women with a history of gestational diabetes.
UMass Principal Investigator: Milagros Rosal, PhD (subcontract PI)
Funder: NIH, NIDDK
Dates: 2012-2017

Case Management for Underserved Hispanic Type 2 Diabetes Population
This RCT is evaluating a practice-based, culturally sensitive Case Management Intervention that targeted system, provider and patient barriers to diabetes care.
UMass Principal Investigator: Milagros Rosal, PhD (subcontract PI)
Funder: NIH, NIDDK
Dates: 2009-2013

Cultural Translation of a Mind/Body Wellness Program for Diabetes Prevention in China
The goal of this study is to adapt an evidence-based diabetes prevention intervention for implementation by Chinese hospitals that serve low-income populations with heavy disease burden.
UMass Principal Investigator: Sherry Pagoto, PhD
Funder: UMMS Office of Global Health
Dates: 2011-2013

Health Care Reform and Accessibility, Quality and Outcomes of AMI-Related Care
This study examines the impact of Massachusetts Health Care Reform on the accessibility, quality and outcomes of medical care for heart attack patients.
UMass Principal Investigator: Wenjun Li, PhD
Partner: MDPH
Funder: UMass CCTS (NIIH U54 CTSA)
Dates: 2013-2014

Residential Environment and Coronary Heart Disease Risk Factors (REACH) Pilot Study
This pilot project develops and tests new instruments for surveying food purchasing and exercise behaviors among older women. The instruments will be used in a larger study ancillary to WHI.
UMass Principal Investigator: Wenjun Li, PhD
Partner: MDPH
Funder: UMass CCTS (NIH U54 CTSA)
Dates: 2012-2013

A Community-Clinic Partnership to Address Comorbid Obesity and Depression
We are comparing two approaches to reducing the complexity and increasing the efficacy of a weight loss intervention for individuals with obesity and depression relative to a standard weight loss program.
UMass Principal Investigator: Sherry Pagoto, PhD
Funder: UMass CCTS (NIIH U54 CTSA)
Dates: 2012-2013

Pregnancy and Postpartum Observational Dietary Study (PPODS)
This project evaluates the associations between dietary composition and weight gain and loss patterns.
UMass Principal Investigator: Milagros Rosal, PhD
Funder: UMass CCTS (NIH U54 CTSA)
Dates: 2011-2013

An Internet-Based Weight Loss and Exercise Intervention for Breast Cancer Survivors
The goal is to determine the feasibility of conducting a distantly delivered-weight loss and exercise intervention for patients who have been treated for breast cancer at three cancer centers.
UMass Principal Investigator: Judith Ockene, PhD, MEd, MA
Funder: Our Danny Cancer Fund
Dates: 2012-2013

Breast Cancer Prevention Through Nutrition Program
The goal is to enroll breast cancer survivors to determine the feasibility of the full WHI Cancer Survivor Cohort Study. The aims are to: 1) refine procedures, forms, questionnaires, and processing methods; 2) establish feasibility for each step of the study; and 3) assess participation in mailed annual questionnaires.
UMass Principal Investigator: Judith Ockene, PhD, MEd, MA (subcontract PI)
Funder: Ohio State University Research Foundation
Dates: 2009-2013

Pediatric Practiced-based Obesity Intervention to Support Families
This pilot designed and tested the feasibility of a pediatric practice-based intervention linking the clinic with a community-based telephone counseling resource to delivery AAP stage 1 prevention plan to families of overweight and obese children.
UMass Principal Investigator: Lori Pbert, PhD
Partner: Pediatric Clinic
Funder: Department of Medicine
Dates: 2013

Be the Change for Health
The purpose of this project is to evaluate the feasibility of an after school program to empower elementary school children to enhance their family’s diet and level of physical activity.
UMass Principal Investigator: Lori Pbert, PhD & Monica Wang, ScD, MS
Partner: EMKCHC
Funder: UMW-PRC pilot program
Dates: 2012-2013

Assessment of the Worcester Food and Nutrition Environment
The goal of this study is to systematically assess the food and nutrition environment high risk Worcester neighborhoods to supplement data collected through the MDPH and to be used in the UMW-PRC applied public health project.
UMass Principal Investigator: Wenjun Li, PhD
Partner: WDPH
Funder: UMW-PRC pilot program
Dates: 2013-2014

Other Conditions

GIS Mapping of Unsupervised Indoor Tanning and User Characteristics
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the availability of unsupervised tanning in urban and rural areas of two different regions in the US (Northeast and Southeast), proximity to schools, the characteristics of users, and patterns and reasons for use.
UMass Principal Investigator: Sherry Pagoto, PhD
Partner: WDPH
Funder: CDC SIP
Dates: 2012-2014

Evaluation of the Community Tobacco Control Programs
This project provides statistical evaluation of the outcomes and progress of various programs and sample surveys managed by Massachusetts Tobacco Control Program.
UMass Principal Investigator: Wenjun Li, PhD
Partner: MDPH
Funder: MDPH
Dates: 2010-2014

Evaluation of the Community Health Improvement Plan
The UMW-PRC and Health Statistics and Geography Lab are co-leading the evaluation of progress made in the Worcester Community Health Improvement Plan: Goal 1.
UMass Principal Investigator: Stephenie Lemon, PhD & Wenjun Li, PhD
Partner: WDPH
Funder: WDPH
Dates: 2013-2014

Central Massachusetts Youth Risk Behavior Survey
The UMW-PRC has a contract from the WDPH to implement and evaluate a Youth Survey in public high schools throughout Central Massachusetts.
UMass Principal Investigator: Stephenie Lemon, PhD
Partner: WDPH, DOE
Funder: WDPH
Dates: 2013-2014

The Latino Health and Well-being Study
This study is empirically assessing the association of individual, partner/family, social context and larger community stressors and sources of support on markers of physical and mental health and health care utilization among low-income Latinos.
UMass Principal Investigator: Stephenie Lemon, PhD & Milagros Rosal, PhD
Partner: Lawrence Mayor’s Health Taskforce
Funder: NIH, NIMH
Dates: 2011-2015

Health Care Reform and Disparities in the Care and Outcomes of Trauma Patients
This project evaluates the impact of Health Care Reform on the reduction of disparities in trauma care.
UMass Principal Investigator: Wenjun Li, PhD
Partner: MDPH
Funder: NIH, NIMHD
Dates: 2011-2014

Pilot Investigation of Behavioral Alternatives to Indoor Tanning
This study is determining whether incentivizing indoor tanners’ engagement in healthy alternative behaviors that enhance appearance (sunless tanning) and reduce stress (yoga) will decrease their indoor tanning
UMass Principal Investigator: Sherry Pagoto, PhD
Funder: NIH, NCI
Dates: 2012-2014

Adolescent Smoking Cessation in Pediatric Primary Care
The goal of this project is to test an innovative parent education intervention for diabetes management using human patient simulation with a child version simulator.
UMass Principal Investigator: Lori Pbert, PhD (sub-contract PI)
Funder: NIH, NCI
Dates: 2010-2015

RCT for Smoking Cessation in Medical Schools
Using a pair-matched, randomized group-controlled design in 10 medical schools, we are comparing two methods of teaching the 5As to medical students.
UMass Principal Investigator: Judith Ockene, PhD, MEd, MA
Funder: NIH, NCI
Dates: 2009-2014

Infrastructure

UMMS Prevention Research Center for Obesity and Related Conditions: Category 2
This center grant is developing community-based participatory research infrastructure among organizations in Worcester, MA to develop public health workforce capacity and community-responsive interventions and programs.
UMass Principal Investigator: Stephenie Lemon, PhD
Funder: CDC
Dates: 2009-2014

UMass Center for Health Equity Intervention Research (CHEIR): Community Engagement Core
The goal of this project is to advance the field of community engaged science through the development, dissemination, and evaluation of innovative, culturally responsive strategies to increase research literacy among community members.
UMass Principal Investigator: Stephenie Lemon, PhD
Funder: NIH, NIMHD
Dates: 2012-2017

University of Massachusetts Clinical and Translational Science Award: Community Engagement and Research
This CTSA section is leading university system wide strategies to improve the ability of faculty to conduct community engaged research and strengthen institutional partnership with a cadre of community partners.
UMass Principal Investigator: Stephenie Lemon, PhD & Suzanne Cashman, ScD (Co-Directors)
Funder: NIH, NCATS
Dates: 2010-2015

Center for mHealth-Based Sensing and Behavioral Interventions
This center grant is to provide the resources for investigators to create an intercampus mHealth research center at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
UMass Principal Investigator: Sherry Pagoto, PhD
Partner: UMass Amherst
Funder: UMass President Science and Technology Fund
Dates: 2012-2014

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