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UHC Funds Five Pilot Awards, Promoting Urban Health Research

May 30, 2018

The Drexel Urban Health Collaborative announced today the awarding of funding across five proposals for research projects impacting urban health. The funding will enable researchers to understand issues that impact health in cities, as well as promote action and policy changes.

The new awardees will work on a wide range of topics, from certified peer support services for youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder to identifying communications methods that impact city policymakers’ understanding of health disparities. Additionally, studies explore wearable biosensors to monitor and detect overdoses and identifying factors in chronic kidney disease in Philadelphia. The funded research covers multiple disciplines, including health policy, social and behavioral sciences. View the abstracts of the 2018 - 2019 funded research.

The funding is awarded under the “data for action” and “evidence for policy” pillars of the Urban Health Collaborative. Learn more about the aims of the UHC.

View the 2018 UHC pilot funding award abstracts

2018-2019 Funded Pilot Research Projects

The Association of Neighborhood-Level Factors with Chronic Kidney Disease in Philadelphia
Led by Suzanne Boyle MD, MSCE, assistant professor of medicine, and Meera Harhay, MD, MSCE, assistant professor of medicine, Drexel College of Medicine

Heterogeneity and Determinants of Health Disparities by Income in US Cities
Led by Usama Bilal, MD, MPH, PhD, postdoctoral fellow, Drexel Urban Health Collaborative at the Dornsife School of Public Health 

Audience Segmentation Research to Improve the Dissemination of Evidence about Health Disparities to City Policymakers
Led by Jonathan Purtle, DrPH, MSc, assistant professor, Dornsife School of Public Health

Wearable biosensors to detect respiratory depression associated with heroin and fentanyl use
Led by Alexis Roth PhD, MPH, assistant professor, Dornsife School of Public Health

Measuring Implementation of a Certified Peer Support Service for Transition Age Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Led by Lindsay Shea, MS, DrPH, director, Policy and Analytics Center, A.J. Drexel Autism Institute

View previous UHC pilot funding awardees