• 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

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

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

This study will examine measurement of energy expenditure in 36 children who are diagnosed with spina bifida (both ambulatory and a group who use wheelchairs for mobility) or Down syndrome (ages 4-18) or a group of children without a chronic illness. The project draws on College of Nursing 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
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.