Sharon E. Ross - Research and Grants

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Research and Grants

  • Grants

  • 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).

  • "Pitt Moves!", Office of the Provost, Year of Healthy U grant, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA

    The Center for Health Equity (CHE) at the Graduate School of Public Health proposes a student-directed and student-centered physical activity break project, “Pitt Moves” with the main purpose of creating a culture of non-sedentarism at Pitt Public Health. The team includes students and faculty from two departments: Behavioral and Community Health Sciences and Health and Physical Activity or HPA. This project emerged from the interest of an entire class, BCHS 2525, where we piloted the break during Fall 2017. We plan to enroll at least ten courses to participate for Spring 2018 semester. The student trainer will train other students in leading the physical activity break. The project will build on experiences from the pilot in BCHS 2525 and the exercises will be inspired by Instant Recess (by T. Yancey).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Center for Latin American Studies Faculty Research Grant 5/1/18-8/13/18 University of Pittsburgh ($2,605) ""Addressing Health Disparities in U.S. Latinos: Learning from an existing promotores network"

    This project provides funding for travel to University of South Carolina to interact and learn from: (1) faculty and staff at the Consortium for Latino Immigration Studies in the Arnold School of Public Health; and (2) staff from the PASOs program, an established promotores network that has expanded programming across South Carolina. This funding will inform current and future projects as well as build relationships with the University of South Carolina for future research collaborations. Further, this project is significant because information gained will inform the design of a new course on Community Health Workers that will focus a significant percentage of its content on Latino studies.

  • 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.