Sharon E. Ross - Research and Grants

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Research and Grants

  • Grants

  • DHHS/CMS (Ross, Co-PI) 9/30/16-9/29/18 1HOCMS331535-01-00 ($215,000) "Effectiveness of a promotores network to improve health behaviors and outcomes in members of an Emerging Latino community" This proposal examines the potential of a community health worker (promotores) network to improve health behaviors and health outcomes of Latino immigrants living in an Emerging Latino Community. Partnering with a federally-qualified health center and a social service organization, we propose to employ a quasi-experimental design to assess the effect of a promotores network on outcomes measured at 6 months after enrollment, compared with a wait-list control.

    This proposal examines the potential of a community health worker (promotores) network to improve health behaviors and health outcomes of Latino immigrants living in an Emerging Latino Community. Partnering with a federally-qualified health center and a social service organization, we propose to employ a quasi-experimental design to assess the effect of a promotores network on outcomes measured at 6 months after enrollment, compared with a wait-list control.

  • Development and Maintenance of Healthy Physical Activity Habits in Latino Children Following Immigration to the U.S. (PI- S. Ross). Central Research Development Fund, University of Pittsburgh.

    This study will examine the process by which Latino children develop and maintain healthy physical activity behaviors during such time of major family transition (i.e., immigration) and the role of immigrant parents in developing healthy physical activity habits in their children using qualitative methods (focus groups, PhotoVoice).

  • Office of the Provost, Year of Diversity grant 11/2016 - 11/2017 University of Pittsburgh ($2,375) "Health and Physical Activity Diversity Enrichment Series" In collaboration with the Center for Health Equity and Center for Urban Education at the University of Pittsburgh, the Department of Health and Physical Activity will organize diversity-focused enrichment opportunities (e.g., speaker series, community stakeholder engagement and dialogues) targeting faculty, staff, students to foster training, research, and outreach around the topic of diversity and inclusion in promoting healthy lifestyles.

    In collaboration with the Center for Health Equity and Center for Urban Education at the University of Pittsburgh, the Department of Health and Physical Activity will organize diversity-focused enrichment opportunities (e.g., speaker series, community stakeholder engagement and dialogues) targeting faculty, staff, students to foster training, research, and outreach around the topic of diversity and inclusion in promoting healthy lifestyles.

  • OjO Latino: Pittsburgh Latino Immigrants Photo-Voice Project; Office of the Provost, Year of Diversity grant;11/2016 - 11/2017 University of Pittsburgh

    “OjO Latino” aims to advance the inclusion of the Latino community in Pittsburgh through a photovoice project, a research and expression methodology that enables individuals to share their stories with the larger public by promoting group discussions based on selected photographs taken by the participants themselves. First at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in Beechview and then at the University of Pittsburgh Public Health Building, this exhibition will display the photographs taken by Latino participants that sparked the group discussions. Both openings will include a roundtable between photographers and organizers.

  • NIH/NHLBI (Ross, PI) 3/14/14-2/28/17 1R21HL119395-01A1 ($250,000) "A Promotora-Mediated, Family-based Intervention to Prevent Obesity in Latino Preschool Children" The purpose of this project is to develop and evaluate the feasibility and effectiveness of a family-based, promotora-mediated child obesity intervention for Latino immigrant families with preschool-age children. Role: Primary Investigator

    The purpose of this project is to develop and evaluate the feasibility and effectiveness of a family-based, promotora-mediated child obesity intervention for Latino immigrant families with preschool-age children.