Three multidisciplinary research projects are the first to receive funds from the new Global Health and Well Being Seed Grant Program, created to support projects that improve the lives of people around the world. The program, established by the Chancellor’s Global Excellence Task Force and the College of Medicine’s Center for Global Health, provides start-up funding for pilot projects. Researchers can later seek extramural funding.
“This new grant program is part of a larger campus initiative to develop a global strategy that fits with UIC’s mission to leverage the expertise of faculty across the campus in addressing global issues,” said Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares. “Disciplines and initiatives such as engineering, the social sciences, humanities, urban planning and environmental sciences, social justice and others — all have important roles to play in improving the human condition, locally and worldwide.
“One of the missions of the Chancellor’s Global Health and Wellbeing Seed Grant program was to develop innovative ways to unite researchers from across campus engaged in research to improve health and quality of life globally,” said Timothy Erickson, director of the UIC Center for Global Health and professor of emergency medicine. “The three projects selected this first year really exemplify that.”
Stevan Weine, professor of psychiatry and director of global health research training in the Center for Global Health, and Teresa Cordova, professor and director of the Great Cities Institute, are co-directors of the grant program.
HEALTH CARE IN SENEGAL
Andrew Dykens, assistant professor of family medicine, College of Medicine, Karen Peters, assistant professor of community health sciences, School of Public Health, and Crystal Patil, associate professor of medical anthropology, College of Nursing, will evaluate a model of health care delivery in Senegal that brings together community members, Peace Corps volunteers and academic centers to increase the rate of cervical cancer screening and treatment.
SOCIOECONOMICS AND AIR POLLUTION
Serap Erdal, associate professor of environmental and occupational health sciences, School of Public Health, and Janet Smith, associate professor of urban planning and policy, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, will look for connections between socioeconomic and demographic factors, air pollution, health disparities and cancer risks, both globally and in Cook County.
FEWER MATERNAL DEATHS IN TANZANIA
Crystal Patil, in the College of Nursing, and Stacie Geller, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, College of Medicine, want to reduce maternal mortality in sub-Saharan Africa, a region making slow progress with this problem. They will conduct a needs assessment in urban Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, then adapt for city-dwellers a continuum-of-care approach that has reduced maternal deaths from postpartum hemorrhage in rural areas of the developing world. Their goal is to identify factors that put urban women at risk of dying from postpartum bleeding.