Aleda M. H. Chen

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IGP:
Gerontology

Mentor / Lab:
Kimberly S. Plake

Specific Research Area / Project:
Social and Administrative Pharmacy

Undergraduate Institution:
Ohio Northern University, Pharm.D.



Research Profile:

My research is focused broadly on addressing the care needs of patients and family caregivers. Projects are separated into three categories: addressing health literacy issues, improving medication safety, and improving health provider perceptions of older adults. The goal of the medication safety project is to design tools to aid in earlier identification of a medication's adverse effects in the community pharmacy setting, thereby improving patient outcomes. In the health provider perceptions project, we are working to improve pharmacy and nursing students’ knowledge, attitudes, and empathy towards older adults after playing a simulation game where students become older adults and navigate the healthcare system.

My primary area, however, focuses on health literacy and its relationship to the performance of health-related tasks in heart failure, I study under the interdisciplinary team of Kimberly S. Plake (Pharmacy Practice) and Karen S. Yehle (Nursing). We have been working the past few years to determine how health literacy influences patient’s performance of self-care and caregivers’ management of complex medication regimens. Our eventual goal is to design health literacy level-appropriate education based on our findings for both patients with heart failure and their family caregivers.


About Me:

Aleda M. H. Chen About Me Picture

Older adults have shaped my life in many ways, through my relationships, caregiving, and work. I have had many close relationships with older adults throughout my life, especially since my mother was a family caregiver for a span of 21 years. As a pharmacist also, I have encountered many older adults. In many of these situations, I witnessed patients and caregivers struggle to understand the healthcare system and to follow the complex directions given them by multiple healthcare providers. The experience of being on opposite sides of the healthcare system (as a family member and as a healthcare professional) has prompted me to try to improve the healthcare system for patients and for family caregivers.

At first, I thought I would work as a pharmacist in the healthcare system, but after opportunities in pharmacy school at Ohio Northern to conduct research and teach students, I found I really wanted to be a professor. I could combine my love of teaching with performing research on improving healthcare for patients and families. I therefore came to Purdue for graduate school after completing pharmacy school. I chose Purdue because it provided me the opportunity to study gerontology through the Center on Aging and the Life Course (CALC). Through CALC, I have been fortunate to take courses about older adults from leading researchers in other disciplines and to engage in interdisciplinary research. I now have a much broader, interdisciplinary perspective of aging and the healthcare system. As I leave Purdue in August 2011 to become a faculty member, I will always be grateful for the opportunities I have been given here.


Awards:

  • Phi Lambda Sigma Outstanding Leadership and Character in Pharmacy. Raabe College of Pharmacy, Ohio Northern University. May 2005.
  • Council of Ohio Colleges Pharmacy Leadership Award. Raabe College of Pharmacy, Ohio Northern University. May 2005.
  • Louis D. Vottero Award for outstanding academic and research performance in pharmacy practice. Ohio Northern University. May 2005.
  • Wiechart Award for the outstanding graduating pharmacy student. Raabe College of Pharmacy, Ohio Northern University. May 2005.
  • Nellie-Wakeman Kappa Epsilon-AFPE-Pfizer First Year Graduate School Fellowship. American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Excellence. August 2006 - July 2007.
  • Kienly Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching. Department of Pharmacy Practice, Purdue University. November 2007.
  • Honorable Mention. Sigma Xi Graduate Student Research Competition, Purdue University. February 2010.
  • Finalist. American Association of Heart Failure Nurses Annual Meeting Poster Research Competition, Orlando, FL. June 2010.
  • Pre-Doctoral Fellowship. American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education (AFPE). August 2010-July 2011.
  • Fellowship/NIA Trainee. NIH-NIA Training Grant administered by Purdue University Center on Aging and the Life Course. NIH/NIA T32 AG025671.
  • Finalist. American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting Graduate Student Poster Research Competition. March 2011.
  • Best Poster Award. Annual Graduate Student Educational Research Symposium, Purdue University. March 2011.
  • Most Outstanding Interdisciplinary Project. Interdisciplinary Graduate Program Spring Reception Poster Session, Purdue University. April 2011.

Publications:

  • Hess AM, Sullivan DL. Metformin for the prevention of type 2 diabetes. Annals of Pharmacotherapy 2004;38:1283-1285.
  • Hess AM, Sullivan DL. Potential for toxicity with use of bitter orange extract and guarana [letter to the editor]. Annals of Pharmacotherapy 2005;39:574-575.
  • Kiersma ML, Chen AMH, Villa KR, Shepler BM, Murawski MM. Estimated prevalence of adverse drug effects/adverse drug reactions in the 200 most commonly prescribed medications weighted by retail dollars and by prescription volume. Innovations in Pharmacy 2011;2(1): Article 36.
  • Chen AMH, Plake KS, Yehle KS, Murawski MM, Mason HM. Health literacy and self-care in patients with heart failure. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing [In press]
  • Chen AMH, Plake KS, Yehle KS, Kiersma ME. Assessment of the impact of the Geriatric Medication Game© on pharmacy students’ attitudes toward older adults. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education [accepted for publication]
  • Smith CT, Chen AMH, Plake KS, Nash CL. Evaluation of the impact of a diabetes education curriculum for school personnel on disease knowledge and confidence in caring for students. Journal of School Health [under review]

Presentations:

  • Hess AM, Sullivan DL. Testing an advisory board’s role in prescription drug price regulation. Ohio Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting, Columbus, OH, April 2005. [Podium]
  • Hess AM, Sullivan DL. Seniors’ attitudes and knowledge about Medicare Part D. - American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, March 2006. [Poster] | Ohio Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting, Columbus, OH, April 2006. [Podium]
  • Villa KR, Roswarski MJ, Kiersma M, Hess A, Shepler BM, Murawski M. Prevalence of adverse drug effects and adverse drug reactions in 200 most commonly prescribed drugs. American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, December 2009. [Poster]
  • Roswarski MJ, Villa KR, Kiersma M, Hess A, Shepler BM, Murawski M. Prevalence of adverse drug effects and adverse drug reactions in 200 most commonly prescribed drugs corrected for prescription volume. American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, December 2009. [Poster]
  • Hess AM, Plake KS, Yehle KS, Murawski MM, Mason HL. Health literacy and self-care of patients with heart failure. American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting¸ Washington D.C., March 2010. [Poster]
  • Yehle KS, Hess AM, Plake KS, Murawski MM, Mason HL. Health literacy and self-care of patients with heart failure. American Association of Heart Failure Nurses, Orlando, FL. June 2010. [Poster]
  • Hess AM, Plake KS. A preliminary qualitative analysis of the impact of the Geriatric Medication Game© on pharmacy students’ attitudes. American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Seattle, WA. July 2010. [Poster]
  • Chen AMH, Plake KS, Yehle KS, Murawski MM, Mason HM, Ferraro KF. Health literacy and self-care of patients with heart failure: A longitudinal study [dissertation proposal]. Midwest Social and Administrative Pharmacy Conference, Iowa City, Iowa. July 2010. [Podium]
  • Kiersma M, Hess A, Villa K, Murawski M, Shepler BM. Prevalence of adverse drug effects/adverse drug reactions in the 200 most commonly prescribed medications in the United States compared with prescription volume. International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology, Brighton, United Kingdom. August 2010. [Poster]
  • Chen AMH, Plake KS, Yehle KS. A qualitative analysis of the impact of the Geriatric Medication Game© on pharmacy students’ attitudes. Gerontological Society of America, New Orleans, LA. November 2010. [Poster]
  • Chen AMH, Yehle KS, Plake KS, Mobley AR, Yi JS, Morales CR. Food for the Heart: Understanding responses of patients enrolled in cardiac rehabilitation toward web-based and mobile-based nutrition tools. American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA. March 2011. [Poster]
  • Chen AMH, Kiersma ME, Shepler BM, Murawski MM. Initial testing of instruments to discern adverse drug reactions and adverse drug experiences in an ambulatory patient population. American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA. March 2011. [Poster]
  • Chen AMH, Noureldin M, Plake KS. Impact of a health literacy assignment on student pharmacist learning. American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX. July 2011. [Accepted, Poster]
  • Kiersma M, Hagemeier N, Chen AMH, Melton B, Noureldin M, Plake KS. A graduate student mentoring program to develop student interest in research. American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX. July 2011. [Accepted, Poster]
  • Hess AM. "DiSC: Understanding your personality and how to work effectively in a team setting." Purdue University Emily Mauzy Vogel Sophomore Leadership Development Conference. September 2007. [podium]
  • Hess AM. "Making the transition to new practitioner." APhA-ASP Midyear Regional Meeting. [podium] - Boston, MA, October 2008; West Lafayette, IN, October 2007.
  • Powers MF, Hess AM. "Navigating through the residency/postgraduate process." APhA-ASP Midyear Regional Meeting, Toledo, OH, November 2009. [podium]
  • Chen AMH. "Smooth transitions." Purdue APhA-ASP Chapter. [podium] - West Lafayette, IN, April 2011; February 2010; May 2009; April 2008; February 2008.
  • Chen AMH, Kiersma ME. Medication safety: Tips and tricks to avoid interactions and other problems. Purdue University Retirees Association Conference: Productive Living in Retirement, West Lafayette, IN, April 2011. [podium]
  • Chen AMH. Health literacy: A barrier to heart failure self-care adherence? Purdue University Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering Spring Conference, West Lafayette, IN, April 2011. [podium]
  • Chen AMH. Health literacy and self-care in heart failure: A longitudinal study. Purdue University Center on Aging and the Life Course Colloquium, April 2011. [podium]

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