• Dr. Michele Polfuss presenting her SMSC Pilot Project at National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) in May 2016

Weight-Related Self-Management in Children with Special Health Care Needs
Principal Investigator:
Michele Polfuss, PhD, RN, CPNP-AC/PC, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

Co-Investigators:
Kathleen J. Sawin, PhD, CPNP-PC, FAAN, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Emerita / Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Scott J. Strath, PhD, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Dale A. Schoeller, PhD, University of Wisconsin Madison

Consultant:
James H. Rimmer, PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham

This study will examine measurement of energy expenditure in 27 children who are diagnosed with spina bifida or Down syndrome (ages 4-18). The project draws on CON strengths in pediatrics and family research. The information gained from this study will fill a gap in the science of measurement of energy expenditure for the special needs population.

Promoting Self-Management in Low-income African Americans with Hypertension
Principal Investigator:
Bev Zabler, MSN, RN, PhD, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Consultant:
Jeffrey Whittle, MD, MPH, Medical College of Wisconsin/ Zablocki VA Medical Center

This study is focused on key factors in self-management in a population that is hard to reach and with limited health care resources. The project draws on the CON’s strength in community engagement through the longstanding and well-respected Community Nursing Centers and the relationship of those centers to other community organizations that serve those in need. This pilot will fill a gap in defining the specific nature, dose, and potential impact of interventions on the self-management behaviors of this population.