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Despite evidence supporting the effectiveness of smoking cessation telephone helplines, these programs generally reach less than 5% of smokers.

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Statistics provided by the American Cancer Society currently show African American men have death rates from colorectal cancer 50% higher than White men. The goal for Colon Cancer: iPrevent. iTreat. iBeat.

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The goal of this policy, secondary analysis study was to combine existing School Health Profiles survey data (2008) from secondary school principals and school level demographic data to evaluate equity/disparities in school-level nutrition policies/practices in a large number of schools...

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Helping young adults to quit smoking is a national health priority. However, there have been few evidence-based treatments designed to motivate smoking cessation among this young adult population.

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Susan Everson-Rose, PhD, MPH, and Anika Robbins

The overarching goal of this research program is to develop and implement culturally relevant mind-body interventions based on a holistic approach to promote stress management, coping, and healthy living concepts that lead to improved health and well-being in African Americans. ...

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Second Harvest Heartland (SHH) and The Food Group (TFG - formally Emergency Fooshelf Network) are partnering with researchers at the University of Minnesota, United Way of Twin Cities, Intercongregation Communities Association and Twin Cities Hunger Initiative to explore ways to assess the...

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The overarching goal of the HIFIVE research program is to identify cultural, social, and psychological determinants of healthy transitions among Latino, Somali, and Hmong children and their families.

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Cari Clark, ScD, MPH, and Angela Lewis-Dmello, MSW, LGSW

Intimate partner violence (IPV) affects nearly 1 in 3 women in the U.S. and is associated with poor mental and physical health.

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Padres Informados/Jóvenes Preparados is a Community Based Participatory Research study, which aims to prevent Latino youth tobacco and substance use by strengthening parent-youth relationships.

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The goal of this research study is to enhance smoking cessation rates for homeless smokers by testing effects of 1) an Intensive Smoking Intervention, and 2) integrating alcohol abuse treatment with smoking cessation.


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Project BREAK was a joint effort between four Minnesota high schools and the University of Minnesota, Program in Health Disparities Research.

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The goals of this intervention study are to implement best practice strategies to expand and promote the SBP and test the impact upon 1) student participation rates, based on reimbursable meals served, 2) overall student caloric intake and diet quality and 3) body mass index and percent...

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The goals of this school focused obesity prevention policy evaluation study are to 1) evaluate the associations between school-level food and physical activity policy, practice environments, student diet, activity behaviors, and weight status and 2) determine the extent that the policy and...

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The objective of Project STARS is to investigate the use of objective laboratory results documenting child exposure to second hand smoke (biomarker feedback) on parental adoption of home smoking restrictions.

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The goal for Project TRUST (Training for Resiliency in Urban Students & Teachers) is to use a Community-based Participatory Research (CBPR) approach to develop and implement a school-based intervention...

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Smoking prevalence in homeless populations is strikingly high, 70% or greater, however, little is known about effective smoking cessation interventions for this population.

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Susan Everson-Rose, PhD, MPH; Imke Janssen, PhD; Lynda Powell, PhD; Mateusz S. Jasielec, MS; John Cursio, MS; Karen Matthews, PhD; Kim Sutton-Tyrrell, DrPH; and Steve Hollenberg, MD 

The Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN) has funding support from the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute on Aging (NIA), the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), and the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH). 


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Marilyn "Susie" Nanney, PhD, MPH, RD, and Tara LaRowe, PhD  

The aims of this study conducted a statewide nutrition and activity environmental assessment among licensed child care settings.

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Marilyn "Susie" Nanney, PhD, MPH, RD, and Sarah Gollust, PhD

A faculty-community collaborative will analyze the process of childhood obesity policymaking in Minnesota. The objective is to develop a system for communicating timely and relevant evidence to policymakers.  


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