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Words from our award recipients

“Several things were incredibly helpful about this program. First, of course, the funding itself was greatly appreciated. I could not have done my project without the ECHO funding. Second, the availability of a community outreach specialist was helpful in terms of making contacts with community agencies and reaching our families of interest.”

– 2007 award recipient
“The ECHO pilot award gave me the necessary time and support to undertake a daunting, compelling and completely absorbing new project. It helped me to break my project down into manageable steps (a series of focus groups and a pilot intervention). My absorption in the project would simply not have been possible without the ECHO support. It also helped me with the professional goal of advancing one’s ‘second research project’ post-tenure. There is no doubt in my mind that I will be able to publish on my chosen topic over the next several years.”

2008 award recipient
“By being the recipient of this award, it has motivated several of my peers to apply for grant funding. This award has increased the visibility of the School of Nursing across the campus of N.C. A&T State University. By including students in the data collection process of this grant, students acknowledged an interest in conducting their own research. There was student participation in the development of a research poster presentation.”

– 2009 award recipient


Recipient Spotlight

2005 ECHO Pilot Award recipient shapes future

Judy Foxworth, associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) was awarded an ECHO pilot grant titled, “Addressing the Health and Wellness Needs of African-Americans Living in Subsidized Housing.” The overall goal of this study was to increase access to and participation in prevention and wellness programs for medically underserved older African-Americans so that they can remain living independently with the best possible quality of life. This project determined that older adult residents living in a subsidized housing setting have deficits in balance and gait parameters, increased depression, and increased co-morbidities compared to age matched norms. A 12-week exercise program was proven effective in decreasing depressive symptoms but did not affect balance or gait measures. This project also brought together WSSU faculty and students from nursing, occupational therapy and physical therapy for the first time for the purpose of research. Students were trained in data collection procedures outside their typical field of study and were provided ample opportunities to test “real” people in these measures. This project led to two publications and multiple presentations. The data from this pilot project were used to apply for and receive NIH EXPORT funding to examine balance, gait and falls in elderly African-Americans with hypertension.

2004 ECHO Pilot Award recipient Dr. Deborah Jones captures K01 using pilot project award data

Deborah Jones, associate professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, used her ECHO Pilot Award to examine the role of “co-parents” in low-income, African American, single mother-headed families, the influence of co-parents on adolescent HIV/AIDS risk behaviors, and the feasibility of including co-parents in family-based HIV/AIDS prevention efforts. This project helped raise the conscientiousness about the role extended family members play in parenting African-American youth from single mother homes in both research and clinical work. It also highlighted the importance of considering extended families in child and family research on health disparities. This pilot project’s preliminary data generated three publications. The data were also used in a subsequent proposal for a K01 award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which was awarded for a total amount of $407,000.