COPHI Projects

Current and Past Projects

African-Americans Heart Health in Indiana | Leveling the Field

Sponsor: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
PI: Mohan J Dutta; Co-Investigators: Bart Collins, Titilayo A. Okoror

Reducing the incidence of heart disease in the high-risk African-American population in Indiana is the aim of a new $1.5 million grant at Purdue University. Prof. Dutta and his team will collaborate with the Indiana Minority Health Coalition and its affiliates in Lake and Marion counties during the three-year project, which is funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The research team will create a technology hub that will allow partners and patients to post information, collaborate online, offer feedback and build technology-based community infrastructures. This health disparities hub will utilize HUBzero, a Web portal environment developed at Purdue.

Leveling the Field

Using the power of information as leverage, health communication professor Mohan Dutta hopes to arm African-Americans in Indiana with a knowledge base and a meeting space to improve heart health in their communities and drive research specific to their individual needs. A technology hub funded by a $1.5 million grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is becoming a key tool in the grassroots effort. This work recently appeared in the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) THiNK Magazine.

Voices of Hunger Projects | Removing Barriers to Healthy Living

Sponsor: CLA, HOME
PI: Mohan J. Dutta

Some Purdue graduate students in the Brian Lamb School of Communication interviewed and volunteered with 15 food bank clients for the Voices of Hunger in Tippecanoe County project, an ongoing collaboration between communication professor Mohan Dutta and Food Finders Food Bank.

The Management of Chronic Pain:  Communication and Opioid Management

Sponsor: National Institute of Drug Abuse
PI: C. G. Shields and M. S. Matthias (IUPUI & Roudebush VA/Regenstrief Institute)

The purpose of this study is to examine factors associated with the many of opioids and the prevention of addiction in non-cancer chronic pain patients.  

Social and Behavioral Influences on Clinical Communication  and Pain Management

Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
PI: C.G. Shields & R.M. Epstein, Co-Investigators

The major goals of this project are to identify the degree to which social  disparities exist in physicians’ communication about important clinical  issues with patients with serious and life-limiting illnesses. We will also study patient communication behaviors that exacerbate or attenuate those  disparities. Results from this research will inform interventions for physicians and patients to promote better communication and thereby reduce or eliminate social disparities in care.

Living Well With Later Life Multimorbidity: A Biopsychosocial Approach

One of our faculty is conducting a study on later-life using the MIDUS data examining the extent to which SES affects risk of chronic conditions, disability, cognitive decline, and mortality (and changes in those outcomes) over time as well as the degree to which psychosocial resources can blunt the impact of socioeconomic adversity.

4-H PALS Purdue University Sustainable Community Project

Extension staff and volunteers will introduce and demonstrate a collaboration that partners the Indiana 4-H Youth Development Program with a longstanding, campus-based free summer program (PALS) in the Purdue University Department of Health and Kinesiology. The PALS mission is to provide positive growth and character development experiences for children who qualify for the program based on family income.  The curriculum is focused on healthy lifestyle choices and during the five week intensive opportunity, it is centered on sports, fitness, swimming, nutrition, computers, financial literacy, careers, gang avoidance, service learning, and select special events.  The program empowers young people to stay in school, set life goals, and learn successful life skills.  PALS is structured around four character pillars: kindness, fairness, courage, and compassion. What has been missing from the PALS program is a longer term connection for program participants such as what the 4-H Youth Development Program can offer via an afterschool 4-H Program opportunity. What the 4-H Program has been lacking, is the faculty/staff with an expertise in health and fitness; thus the strength of this collaborative proposal which will build an ongoing, year around opportunity for students who have been traditionally underserved by Purdue Extension and the 4-H Youth Development Program in Lafayette, Indiana. The primary subject matter focus of this collaborative effort will be delivered via a variety of activities that are designed to enhance knowledge on healthy living, inspire creative thinking, make physical activity fun and exciting, as well as demonstrate the effectiveness of positive relationships resulting in youth making healthy life choices.

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