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Recent grants announced

Dr. Andrew Roecker, associate professor of pharmacy practice in the Raabe College of Pharmacy, is the recipient of a $73,950 grant from the Ohio Partnership for Adherence through Collaborative Education (Ohio PACE) to support his proposal "Improving Patient Adherence - Tools for Success." This program focuses on educating healthcare professionals on tools available to improve patient adherence, ways to implement these tools within their practice setting, methods for evaluating an individual patient's adherence to medications and provide tools and a matrix for appropriate follow-up in terms of patient adherence. Faculty in the Pharmacy College will reach out to physicians' offices, local health departments and outpatient ambulatory clinics in the area surrounding the Ohio Northern with this program

Dr. Dennis De Luca, associate professor of biological sciences, is the recipient of a $17,890 grant from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation to support the 2011 ONU Summer Honors Institute (SHI) for gifted and talented high school students. This is the seventh year the University has held the SHI and the second year that the Institute has been supported by the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation. The SHI consists of 15 one-week courses including archeology, chemistry, design, engineering, entrepreneurship, forensic science and advance forensic science, medicinal herbs, mock trial, philosophy, photojournalism, physics, pharmacy and theatre.The SHI hopes to attract 100 students, each of whom have the opportunity to earn one college credit from ONU by successfully completing the selected coursework. The SHI will be held over a two-week period in June.

$3,000 grant from the Ohio Commission on Minority Health will support Minority Health Kick-Off/Healthy Generations, a project under the direction of Robin White in the Department of Nursing. The program has an emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention and will target 50 underserved, minority adults in the area surrounding the Bradford Center in south Lima. The project involves providing blood tests to provide baseline data on the clients. Participants will be given healthy diet tips and information related to the benefits of walking. Each client will be given a pedometer, instructions on its use, a log to chart progress and return visit information. After four weeks, participants will return to have the data re-evaluated. Nursing students will be involved in this project.

Dr. Natalie DiPietro, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, Raabe College of Pharmacy, is the program director for “Heart-to Heart for Women’s Health,” a project which recently received funding in the amount of $2,100 from John Snow, Inc. The goal of this project is to educate between 250 to 350 women in Hardin and Allen counties about primary and secondary prevention measures for cardiovascular disease. Educational topics will include modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors, lifestyle modifications, and proper use of medications. Blood pressure measurements will also be taken at the sessions by pharmacy students who will be trained by Dr. DiPietro and Dr. Kristen Finley Sobota, assistant professor of pharmacy practice. Each participant will receive verbal counseling and written education materials.The project is scheduled to occur during the first two weeks in May and will coincide with National Women’s Health Week. Funding for this program was made possible in part by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Women's Health.