Special Interest Projects

Historically the HYD - PRC has leveraged our on-going relationship with the CDC to support an array of additional prevention research studies here at the University of Minnesota. For the 2019-2024 funding cycle, U of MN researchers obtained two CDC-funded, 5-year "Special Interest Projects." 

Evaluation of a Community-Developed Enforcement Initiative to Reduce Over Service of Alcohol
PI: Traci Toomey, PhD, MPH - [email protected]
Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health

The project aims to evaluate effects of "Place of Last Drink" (POLD) enforcement on alcohol-related traffic crash injuries/deaths and emergency medical services along with assessing implementation of the POLD initiative and whether implementation varies across communities.  

Confidential Adolescent Sexual Health Services (CASH)
PI: Renee Sieving, PhD, RN, FAAN, FSAHM - [email protected]
Professor; Director, Center for Adolescent Nursing, School of Nursing; Director, Healthy Youth Development - Prevention Research Center, Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health, Department of Pediatrics, Medical School

Confidentiality is central to the delivery of all health care services, but becomes especially important in the delivery of sexual and reproductive health services (SRHS) to adolescents -  a group that is simultaneously learning to use health care systems, to negotiate the new terrain of intimate relationships and to renegotiate boundaries with parents. CASH is a mixed methods study exploring the experience of providing and receiving confidential adolescent sexual and reproductive health services from adolescents', parents' and primary care providers' perspectives. 

The project aims to identify barriers and facilitators to confidential SRHS for adolescent through in-depth qualitative interviews with primary care providers, parents, and adolescents ages 11-17 years. Using focus groups, regional variations in perspectives of primary care providers on private time, confidentiality, and SHS for adolescent will be explored. And parent/adolescent dyads will help to define the role of private time and confidentiality in adolescents' receipt of SRHS.  

Past Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Past Special Interest Projects

2014-2019

Youth Epilepsy and Successful Self-Management
Peter Scal, MD, MPH - [email protected]
Assistant Professor, Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health, Department of Pediatrics, Medical School

As a collaborating center of the Managing Epilepsy Well Network, Dr. Scal's research developed and tested a youth-focused, Internet-based, theoretically grounded self-management program for youth living with epilepsy. 

Impact of Local Staple Food Ordinance on Healthy Food Access: The STORE
Melissa Laska, PhD, RD - [email protected]
Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health

As a collaborating center of the Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network, Dr. Laska evaluated the impact of a local policy change (i.e., the Minneapolis Staple Food Ordinance) that established minimum stocking criteria for a wide array of health foods as a requirement of food store licensing. 

2009-2014

SIPs from 2009-2014