Accomplishments and Goals

Accomplishments 2007-2012

Continue excellence in performing cutting edge research as evident by extramural support, publications and presentations

The division has been exceptionally successful in its mission to be a leader in women’s health research as demonstrated by extramural grant support, publications in leading academic journals in women’s health, and invited presentations. This information is presented below.

Establish a research based program on violence against women

The Department has made substantial investments in the area of research on violence against women which have proven to be extremely successful. The Department hired Dr. Ann L. Coker (Professor, Verizon Wireless Endowed Chair for Studies of the Health Effect of Violence Against Women, 2007) and Dr. Corrine Williams (Assistant Professor, 2008). Their accomplishments have been stellar and an overview of some of their as outlined below and described in detail in the following sections.

Ann L. Coker, PhD received a 5-year $2 million grant from the Center for Disease Control. This 5-year grant studying the effects of “Dating Violence in High Schools” across Kentucky has provided a strong collaborative environment with Public Health and Social Work through her “Green Dot Program”. The goal of this program is to evaluate a statewide intervention to reduce dating and sexual violence using a randomized design in 26 high schools across Kentucky. The intervention is a novel active bystander intervention designed to empower students to reduce violence within their social networks

Ann L. Coker, PhD received a 5-year $1.86 million grant from the NIH. This project, “Does violence against women result in disparities in cancer care for women” explores how life stresses including partner and family support or interference may impact cancer care and well-being for women diagnosed with breast, cervical or colorectal cancer in Kentucky. The Kentucky Cancer Registry and the Survey Research Laboratory are co-collaborators on this project.

Corrine Williams, PhD received a 2-year $397,000 grant from the NIH. This R21 award, “Consortium to evaluate a novel violence prevention program on college campuses”. As a developmental project targeted toward ending dating and sexual violence, there are 3 phases to the research: 1) pilot work to create survey modules, resulting in a questionnaire that contains measures which are standardized across campuses to evaluate the effectiveness of the intervention and is a manageable length; 2) data collection at UK to streamline data collection procedures when other colleges are brought on; and 3) recruitment of additional implementation and control college sites.

Corrine Williams, PhD received a 3 year $172,000 grant from the Kentucky Department for Public Health. This award, “Evaluation of the Kentucky Health Access Nurturing Development Services (HANDS) Home Visitation Program” evaluates the expansion of the statewide home visitation program in Kentucky to serve multigravida women and provide in-home mental health services

Corrine Williams, PhD received a 5 year $214,000 grant from the Kentucky Department for Public Health. This award, “Evaluation of the Kentucky Health Access Nurturing Development Services (HANDS) Home Visitation Program” evaluates the expansion of the statewide home visitation program in Kentucky and to assist with having HANDS designated an evidence-based program.

Goals 2013-2017

Continue the excellence in extramural support for programs in Women’s Health

We will continue to submit applications for extramural support for our individual research programs. We will also submit interactive, collaborative research proposals such as program project grants and Specialized Centers of Research (SCOR

Continue to establish a research based program on violence against women across the University Kentucky campus

We will continue to submit applications for extramural support to develop and evaluate violence prevention interventions in high school and college settings across Kentucky and nationally.

We will continue to research to address the health effect of physical, sexual and psychological abuse including partner interfering, controlling or sabotaging behaviors which may directly influence women’s abilities to received recommended medical care. These efforts will also be expanded to address partner behaviors and their influences on medical care among men.

Integrate the research division with the different clinical divisions to support the research efforts of all faculty, fellows, and residents

The goal is to increase faculty research endeavors and grant support. This would include a centralized grant management and data analysis support services for the faculty, fellows and residents as well as an office to assist with regulatory compliance and IRB protocols.

Grants Submitted: Coker, Curry, Jo and Williams

T o be successful in today’s competitive research funding environment, an investigator must actively pursue various sources of extramural support. Thus the faculty have been actively submitting extramural applications. A snapshot of the number of submissions as PI or coPI are detailed below.

Last Name

PI

Fiscal Year

2010

2011

2012

Coker

N 0 1 3
Y 1 5 5

Curry

N 2 1 4
Y 2 5 4

Jo

N 1 1 1
Y 3 2 3

Williams

N 2 1 3
Y 3 3 6

Total

14 19 29