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Mini-Grant Program

Each spring, the Health Promotion Research Institute awards a minimum of two mini-grants to faculty members to develop a proposal for an externally funded grant by May 31. Awardees are selected through a competitive process, with a Call for Applications sent in October. Each application is reviewed and scored by two or more HPRI’s Steering Committee members; and awardees are notified in early December to allow time for classroom release requests. Successful applicants will receive one course release in the spring semester, or overload or summary salary (upon approval from applicant and chair).

Below is a list of current and previous faculty members and their project funded under HPRI’s Mini-Grant Program.

SPRING 2017 MINI-GRANT AWARD RECIPIENTS

Ovarian Cancer

Effect of Postmenopausal Hormone therapy on Ovarian Cancer

CSUF Faculty: Alice Lee
Department: Health Science
Purpose: To assess the effect of estrogen-progestin combined therapy and its various regimens on risk of ovarian cancer.


Polypyrimidine Tract binding Protei

Study on the Polypyrimidine Tract binding Protein (PTB)

CSUF Faculty: Niroshika Keppetipola
Department: Chemistry and Biochemistry
Purpose: To characterize the role of each PTB modification on its activity, and identify pathways and proteins involved in the addition of these modifications and determine PTB modifications in non-cancer cells to understand whether PTB is modified differently in cancer vs. non-cancer cells.


Human Brain

Motor Control Recovery of Prosthetic Users through Observational Learning Techniques

CSUF Faculty: Nina Robson
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Purpose: To develope an augmented reality wearable device for patients with limited mobility in their upper extremity.


Acinetobacter Baumannii

The role of host human products in the acquisition of resistance traits in Acinetobacter baumannii

CSUF Faculty: Maria Soledad Ramirez
Department: Biological Science
Purpose: To explore novel approaches to control development of antibiotic resistance in A. baumannii.

 

SPRING 2016 MINI-GRANT AWARD RECIPIENTS

Gestational Weight Gain in Women of Color

Gestational Weight Gain in Women of Color

CSUF Faculty: Maria Koleilat
Department: Health Science
Purpose: To assess the use of a weight gain tracker that can be used to monitor gestational weight gain to help pregnant women of color participants avoid gaining too much weight during pregnancy. Community Partners: Asian American Senior Citizens Service Center and Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance


Asian American Mental Health Literacy

Asian American Mental Health Literacy

CSUF Faculty:Yuying Tsong
Department: Human Services
Purpose: To design and develope a new culturally and linguistically specific approach to understand and assess Asian American older adults’ cognitive understanding of mental health literacy, specifically in the area of depression. Community Partners: Asian American Senior Citizens Service Center and Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance


The Great Southern California ShakeOut

The Great Southern California ShakeOut

CSUF Faculty:Michele Wood
Department: Health Science
Purpose: To evaluate how has the level of earthquake preparedness within the state of California improved in the past 7 years, since the baseline statewide survey and the first ShakeOut drill, to what degree have California residents been exposed to the ShakeOut earthquake drill and other preparedness efforts and to evaluate how effective has the ShakeOut earthquake drill been in motivating earthquake preparedness. Community Partners: Earthquake Country Alliance, Southern California Earthquake Center at USC,and the California Alfred E. Alquist Seismic Safety Commission

 

SPRING 2015 MINI-GRANT AWARD RECIPIENTS

Funded by the Health Promotion Research Institute

robotic arm

Assistive Robotic Arm

CSUF Faculty:Kiran George
Department: Computer Engineering
Purpose: To design and develope a low-cost, non-invasive Brain-Computer Interface-based assistive robotic arm informed by ALS patient needs to improve their quality of life. Community Partner: ALS Society Orange County Chapter


Asian American Adults' Mental Health

Asian American Adults' Mental Health

CSUF Faculty:Yuying Tsong
Department: Human Services
Purpose: To formulate recommendations, strategies, and culturally relevant interventions that can increase older Asian American adults’ mental health literacy and promote help-seeking behaviors. Community Partner: Asian American Senior Citizens Service Center

 

SPRING 2014 MINI-GRANT AWARD RECIPIENTS

Funded by the Health Promotion Research Institute and the Office of Research Development

Nail Salon Ventilation

Nail Salon Ventilation

CSUF Faculty:John Breskey
Department: Health Science
Purpose: To evaluate and assess the ease of use and feasibility of implementation of ambient air purifiers and bench-top fume and dusts fans currently available to the nail salon industry. Community Partner: California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative


Cervical Cancer Care Disparities

Cervical Cancer Care Disparities

CSUF Faculty:Jasmeet Gill
Department: Health Science
Purpose: To evaluate whether disparities in administration of quality cervical cancer care survival; and whether that quality of care is related to healthcare delivery system characteristics, independent of racial/ethnic classification, SES and payer status. Community Partner: UC Irvine Medical Center


Physical Activity Program for Preschoolers

Physical Activity Program for Preschoolers

CSUF Faculty: Kathleen Wilson Thomas
Department: Kinesiology
Purpose:To evaluate the feasibility of a home-based physical activity program adapted to a preschool population. Community Partner: Orange Children and Parents Together

 

SPRING 2013 MINI-GRANT AWARD RECIPIENTS

Funded by the Health Promotion Research Institute

HIV and HPV Epidemics

HIV and HPV Epidemics

CSUF Faculty:Jorge Fontdevila
Department: Sociology
Purpose: To evaluate the syndemic relationship between the HIV and HPV epidemics among men who have sex with men in southern California


Physical Activity Program

Physical Activity Program

CSUF Faculty: Elaine Rutkowski
Department: Nursing
Purpose: To evaluate the efficacy of an after-school physical activity program on adolescents' levels of physical activity, BMI, quality of life, and academic attendance and academic achievement.

 

Spring 2012 MINI-GRANT AWARD RECIPIENTS

A University Mission and Goals Initiative Project, in partnership with the Health Promotion Research Institute.

Autistic Children and Church Inclusion

Autistic Children and Church Inclusion

CSUF Faculty:Erica Howell
Department: Special Education
Purpose: To conduct a needs assessment of parents with autistic children regarding inclusion in church activities.


Intimate Partner Violence

Intimate Partner Violence

CSUF Faculty:Mindy Mechanic
Department: Psychology
Purpose: To explore adaptation to intimate partner violence among ethnic minority women.


Physical Activity Program

Physical Activity Program

CSUF Faculty:Elaine Rutkowski
Department: Nursing
Purpose: To evaluate a community-based physical activity program.


Early Developmental Delays

Early Developmental Delays

CSUF Faculty:HyeKyeung Seung
Department: Human Communications Studies
Purpose: To pilot test an instrument on early developmental delays among Korean children.

Spring 2011 MINI-GRANT AWARD RECIPIENTS

Media Exposure and Alcohol Patterns

Media Exposure and Alcohol Patterns

CSUF Faculty:Janna Kim
Department: Child and Adolescent Studies
Purpose: To examine the association between media use and alcohol consumption patterns, intentions to drink in the future and alcohol-related sexual risk-taking in ethnically diverse college students (ages 18-21 years).


Breast Health Education and Screening Samoan Community

Breast Health Education and Screening for the Samoan Community

CSUF Faculty: Tu-Uyen Nguyen
Department: Asian American Studies
Purpose: To assess a church-based support and navigation program to increase breast health education/screening for the Samoan community.


Health Risk Among Nursing Assistants

Health Risks Among Nursing Assistants

CSUF Faculty:Carter Rakovski
Department: Sociology
Purpose: To discover prevalent health concerns among nursing assistants, sources of risks to their health, and ways to reduce these health risks.


Disaster Preparedness Intervention Messages

Disaster Preparedness Intervention Messages

CSUF Faculty: Michele Wood
Department: Health Science
Purpose: To develop and compare the effects of intervention messages incorporating disaster.

2010 MINI-GRANT AWARD RECIPIENTS

HIV risk among Latino men in Orange County

HIV risk among Latino men who have sex with men and women in Orange County

CSUF Faculty:Jorge Fontdevila
Department: Sociology

Purpose: To conduct 20 in-depth interviews of Latino men who have sex with men and women in Orange County, and to explore and expand our knowledge-base on the cultural and gender norms and meanings that these men attach to their HIV risky bisexual behaviors. Community Partner Organization: AIDS Services Foundation Orange County


Nutritional knowledge

Nutritional knowledge and diet choice among homeless families: A pilot study

CSUF Faculty:Sara E. Johnson, Archana McEligot

Departments: Anthropology, Health Science (respectively)
Purpose: To pilot methods related to nutritional knowledge and diet choice among homeless families in Fullerton.
Community Partner Organization: Fullerton Interfaith Emergency Services


Optimizing Health

Optimizing Health of People with Chronic Pain

CSUF Faculty:Jessie Jones, Dana Rutledge

Departments: Health Science, Nursing (respectively)

Purpose: Seed money to develop an external grant proposal for the purpose of optimizing physical and cognitive function among people with chronic pain.
Community Partner Organization:National Fibromyalgia Association


Focus Group

Focus group: What are the unmet needs of Asian parents who have children with autism and community agencies serving them?

CSUF Faculty:HyeKyeung Seung

Department:Human Communications

Purpose: To identify the needs of the parents who have children with autism, as well as agencies that serve these children in the Orange County community.
Community Partner Organization:The Korean American Special Education Center


Mapping community

Mapping Community-Based Resources: A Joint Proposal Between CSUF and the Orange County Cancer Coalition

CSUF Faculty: Sora Tanjasiri

Department: Health Science
Purpose: To conduct an in-depth, community-driven asset mapping project. The overall goal is to increase access to cancer care for all residents in Orange County.
Community Partner Organization:Orange County Cancer Coalition


FantastiKids

FantastiKids- Evaluation of the “Bully for You” Program

CSUF Faculty:Michele Mouttapa

Department:Health Science
Purpose: To develop a pilot study to evaluate “Bully for You,” a FantastiKids assembly designed to prevent bullying, increase anger management, and promote tolerance towards others.
Community Partner Organization:FantastiKid


Development of a Mobile Physical Activity Unit in Satna Ana

Development of a Mobile Physical Activity Unit to Increase Physical Activity in Santa Ana

CSUF Faculty:Shari McMahan, Director of Center for Healthy Lifestyles and Obesity Prevention

Purpose: Develop a mobile physical activity unit to promote physical activity in children living in an urban environment where access to parks or open spaces is limited.
Community Partner Organization:Latino Health Access

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