2016 Pilot Study Awards
The purpose of the Brancati Center Research Pilot award program is to create an incubator for outstanding scientists from throughout Johns Hopkins to test ideas and develop novel solutions to health problems faced by members in our community. Areas of interest include diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular and other related chronic diseases, tobacco, alcohol and other substance use, HIV and Hepatitis C, stress and trauma.
Inaugural Pilot Grant Awardees
Our first request for proposals sought applications addressing diabetes risk in our community. The Brancati Center awarded two grants in early 2016.
Pilot Social Network Intervention to Modify Lifestyle Behaviors Among Public Housing Residents with Obesity, led by Kimberly Gudzune, MD, MPH; Assistant Professor, General Internal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Dr. Gudzune's study of obesity and prevention of type 2 diabetes occurs in a public housing population in East and West Baltimore and seeks to develop a combined social network and built environment intervention for residents.
PLAN 4 SUCCESS-DM (Diabetes and Health Literacy), led by Hae Ra Han, PhD, RN, FAAN; Associate Professor, Community and Public Health at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
Dr. Han's Brancati Center study constitutes a trial of home visits and education in uncontrolled diabetes among urban African Americans and seeks to refine and test an intervention focused on building health literacy.