“American Indians cell phone usage is increasing and I am very excited to be the first in the region to conduct this type of research,” said Dr. Petereit. “We anticipate using the results from this study to help all populations that live in this part of the country.”
Dr. Petereit will collaborate in the study with Shalini Kanekar, Ph.D., Consultant, CCI; Linda Burhansstipanov, MSPH, DrPH; Linda Krebs, Native American Cancer Initiatives in Denver, CO.; Sheikh Iqbal Ahamed, Ph.D., from Marquette University in, Milwaukee, WI.; Mark Dignan, MPH, PhD, from University of Kentucky; and Stevens Smith, Ph.D., from the University of Wisconsin inMadison. Dr. Smith is a tobacco cessation expert and will serve as the consultant with the project.
“Dr. Petereit, his research team and, in particular, the American Indians and members of the community served by the Walking Forward Program have made and continue to make important steps in bringing improved cancer care to all Americans,” said Norm Coleman, M.D., Associate Director at the NCI. “Success in grant funding is a challenge, particularly so in the current tight budget climate, so this award demonstrates the superb quality of this team and community. It is a privilege for us at the NCI to be part of this effort.”
PI: Zeno Franco, PhD, Medical College of Wisconsin
Co-PIs: Sheikh Iqbal Ahamed, PhD, Marquette University; Jeffrey Whittle, MD, MPH, Medical College of Wisconsin/Zablocki VA Medical Center; Christina Eldredge, MD, Medical College of Wisconsin; Terri deRoon-Cassini, PhD, Medical College of Wisconsin; Bob Curry, Director, DryHootch of America
Veteran mental health is an increasingly significant national problem given the large number of returning veterans from the recent war in Iraq and continued military presence in Afghanistan. Consensus prevalence estimates suggest that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) impacts between 15-20% of the veteran population. Despite recent advances in evidence based care for PTSD undertaken by the Veteran Health Administration (VA), the disorder is typically chronic and treatment resistant. This pilot project will use a mobile health (mHealth) based behavioral informatics approach to detect high risk behavior using existing smart phone technologies. We will link this basic science effort to a community-based outreach program in Milwaukee capable of recruiting a non-clinical sample of veterans at likely to prospectively engage in high risk behaviors to obtain exploratory and confirmatory data set. This method will create a framework for a robust sociotechnical system capable of delivering personalized behavioral intervention for this population.
AKM Jahangir A Majumder got SIGAPP student travel award to attend the SAC 2013 conference, which is to be held at Coimbra, Portugal, 18-22 March 2013.