Community Engagement Pilot Awards

This award is for investigators at all stages of career development and is intended to support pilot studies founded on community-engaged research. A maximum of $25,000 will be awarded for a period of 12 months.

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2019 Awardees

  • Angela Carman, DrPH

    Assistant Professor, Department of Health, Behavior & Society, College of Public Health

    Building Cancer Screening Capacity in an Appalachian Kentucky Federally-Qualified Health Center (FQHC): Preparing a Community for Declining Cancer Screening Resources

  • James Keck, MD, MPH

    Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, College of Medicine

    CAP: Diabetes -- Community Assests Preventing Diabetes: A Mixed Methods Study of Community Characteristics and Type 2 Diabetes Prevalence in Appalachia

    James Keck

2018 Awardees

  • Dawn Brewer, PhD, RD, LD and Valerie Horn, MA

    Dawn Brewer: Assistant Professor, Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition, College of Agriculture Food and Environment

    FRESH STEPS: A Community Fruit and Vegetable voucher and Walking Program to Reduce Obesity-related Risk Factors in Appalachia Kentucky

    Our community-academic partnership proposes to examine the effectiveness of Fresh Steps, a program designed to encourage community members to increase F/V intake and PA. The 8-month pilot study includes a control (Harlan,KY) and intervention group (Whitesburg,KY). In the first 4 months, participants who walk to the weekly farmer’s market will be provided with a farmer’s market voucher to use for purchase of fruits and vegetables. Following the close of the farmers’ market season, a local community kitchen in Whitesburg will provide nutritious vegetable and/or fruit meals to participants willing to continue walking at least 1 mile weekly for an additional 4 months. The control arm of the study will occur during the same period of time. Control participants will receive monthly nutrition education newsletters.  All participants will have anthropometric and biological measures assessed May 2018, October 2018 and January/February 2019.  The overall study goal is to examine the effectiveness of the Fresh Steps community program, which combines social support and farmers’ market and community kitchen vouchers to enhance physical activity and fruit and vegetable consumption among Appalachian Kentuckians to lower chronic disease risk.

    Dawn Brewer, PhD, RD, LD
  • Niraj Chavan, MD, MPH

    Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, College of Medicine

    Niraj R. Chavan, MD, MPH

    John O’Brien, MD

    Chief, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, College of Medicine

    Implementation of a Transvaginal Ultrasound Surveillance Program in Women with a History of Previous Preterm Birth: Disseminating Evidence Based Practices for Reducing Preterm Birth in Appalachian Kentucky


    John O’Brien, MD

2017 Awardees

  • Keisa Fallin-Bennett, MD

    Associate Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, College of Medicine

    Keisa Fallin-Bennett, MD

    Sharon Rostosky, PhD

    Professor, Department of Education, School and Counseling Psychology, College of Education

    Happy (and Healthy) Together: Evaluating a Relationship Education Tool to Help Central Appalachian Female Same-sex Couples Manage Stigma-related Stress Related to Mental and Physical Health

    Sharon Rostosky, PhD

2015 Awardees

  • Claire Snell-Rood, PhD

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Behavioral Science, College of Medicine

    Cultural adaptation of collaborative care for depressed Appalachian women: a community health worker model

    Claire Snell-Root, PhD

2014 Awardees

  • Melinda J. Ickes, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology & Health Promotion, College of Education

    Feasibility of a Stage-specific, Tailored Policy Development Intervention to Promote Physical Activity Policies in Appalachian Kentucky

    Melinda J. Ickes, PhD

2013 Awardees

  • Christina Studts, PhD

    Associate Professor, Department of Behavioral Science, College of Medicine

    Preventing Conduct Disorder: Valuing Parent & Provider Perspectives in Appalachia

    In this community engagement pilot project, Dr. Studts is partnering with Dr. Fran Feltner and others at the UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health to conduct formative research on intervening with early childhood behavior problems in rural Appalachia. Aims of the project include: (1) developing a new Community Advisory Board of local stakeholders in Perry and Breathitt Counties focused on early identification and prevention of child behavior disorders; (2) obtaining in-depth parent perspectives on potential implementation strategies to improve access to evidence-based behavioral interventions; and (3) assessing preferences and barriers regarding delivery of evidence-based behavioral interventions among child service providers, representing primary care, early childhood education, mental health, and others. This study will comprise the first phase of a community-based research agenda focused on the prevention of conduct disorder and related outcomes in children in rural Appalachia.

    Christina Studts, PhD