Lorna McNeill, Ph.D., M.P.H.
African American Cancer Prevention Project: Establishing a Cohort to Investigate Health Disparities (Project CHURCH), Principal Investigator
The goal of this prospective cohort study is to examine the role of lifestyle/behavioral, social, and environmental factors on minority health and cancer-related disparities among a church-based sample of African-Americans in Houston, TX.
Clinical and Translational Sciences Award (CTSA) Community Engagement Core, Principal Investigator
The goal of this core is to enhance translational science related to community engagement, implementation, and dissemination research.
Using Patient Navigation to Facilitate Weight Management Among Adults, Principal Investigator
The primary goal of this longitudinal, randomized trial is to explore the effects of a patient navigation program to increase enrollment in evidence-based programs for weight management among obese patients.
Replicating Ask Advice Connect, Principal Investigator
The overall goal of this project is to use an Ask Advice Connect (AAC) model to deliver evidence-based smoking cessation treatment to smokers seeking care in federally-qualified health Centers (FQHC) in Harris County, Texas.
Implement innovative evidence-based strategies to reduce and prevent obesity in children and adolescents: Implement We Can Obesity Prevention in Clinics, Principal Investigator
This project provides an evidence-based childhood obesity prevention program to children and parents of Harris Health System school-based clinics, elementary and middle schools affiliated with the clinics and surrounding communities. The project targets low-income, uninsured and underinsured populations of children who are at risk of obesity.
A Faith-Based Partnership to Address Obesity in African American families (Faith, Health and Family Collaborative), Principal Investigator
This collaborative is a partnership between MD Anderson and African American churches in the greater Houston area focused on addressing family obesity and obesity- related behaviors in the African American community.
Food Desserts in Houston? Increasing Fruit and Vegetable Consumption to Reduce Cancer Risk, Principal Investigator
The primary goal of this study is to explore the feasibility and efficacy of a community-based approach to utilizing churches to provide consistent access to fresh fruit and vegetable using low-cost strategies combined with nutrition education to low-income children and their families, thereby addressing cancer-related health disparities in Houston.
Larkin Strong, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Tu Salud Si Cuenta! Reaching Latino family dyads to increase physical activity and healthy eating, Principal Investigator
The goal of this study is to adapt a theoretically-based intervention designed to promote healthy eating and physical activity in adult Latino family dyads and evaluate its feasibility and acceptability through formative research and pretesting of intervention content and procedures.
ACS Pathways linking neighborhoods and activity behaviors in diverse populations, Principal Investigator
The research plan of this mentored research scholar grant is to develop and evaluate a conceptual model linking neighborhood environments to activity behaviors in three diverse samples of adults, with a particular emphasis on examining the pathways and processes through which they affect behavior.
Diana Hoover, Ph.D.
Health Literacy and Smoking Cessation in Low-SES, Diverse Smokers, Principal Investigator
The goals of this study are to: 1) investigate potential mechanisms of the association between health literacy and smoking cessation using a mixed-method approach, and 2) develop and test the preliminary efficacy of a smoking cessation intervention targeting smokers with low health literacy.
Women's Perceptions of the Benefits and Harms of Breast Cancer Screening: A Qualitative Inquiry (Principle Investigator)
The goals of this study are to conduct focus groups with English and Spanish-speaking Latina, Black and non-Latina White women aged 40-75 years with varying levels of SES and health literacy to better understand their perceptions of the benefits and harms associated with breast cancer screening mammography, and to investigate women's perspectives about optimal ways of providing such information in the community
Smoking Cessation for Cervical Survivors in Safety Healthcare Systems (Co-Investigator)
The overaching goal of this study is to evaluate the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of a theoretically- and empirically-based "Motivation And Problem-Solving " (MAPS) approach for promoting and facilitating smoking cessation among cervical cancer survivors.