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Dr. Robin Dawson is a co-investigator on a two-year CDC contract to ascertain community buy-in for at-home COVID-19 tests, evaluate persons’ intended use of at-home testing and subsequent reporting, determine if minority, rural and hard-to-reach populations would preferentially choose at-home COVID-19 testing for the current pandemic and in the event of future pandemics, and gauge the testing performance of at-home COVID-19 diagnostics compared to molecular assays in local populations.

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Dr. Sara Donevant was selected as a Big Data Health Science Fellow. The one-year fellowship provides training, mentorship and 25% salary support to early-career researchers to use vast amounts of data to conduct infectious disease investigations. 

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Dr. Ronda Hughes is the Co-PI for a new two-year award from the American Nurses Foundation. The funding will be used to evaluate the role of registered nurse specialty certification for patient outcomes and organizational economic outcomes. The research team will partner with multiple hospitals to improve their capacity to collect complete and accurate certification data on individual nurses, and then conduct analyses at the individual nurse, patient, and organizational level. 

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Dr. Phyllis Raynor received a five-year career development award through the NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse.  She will use a community based participatory research approach to determine the feasibility and preliminary effects of a customized evidence-based digital technology self-management recovery program for women with Opioid Use Disorders (OUD) during the pregnancy and postpartum period. This career development award will provide the mentoring and training needed to develop knowledge and skills in rural health disparities, CBPR methods, digital intervention development and program evaluation, population health interventions and advanced research training.

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Dr. Dezhi Wu (PI), Phyllis Raynor (Co-PI), and Dr. Kacey Y. Eichelberger (Co-PI) received a one-year Big Data Health Center Seed Grant for their research project entitled “Exploring Sentiment and Communication Exchange Patterns of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Associated with Pregnant Women on Twitter Before and During COVID-19 Pandemic”.

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