UWPRC Small Grants

The UWPRC is pleased to offer small grants to support research promoting maternal and child health and health equity. Grants are intended to support small-scale and innovative research projects, especially those that will provide preliminary data leading to larger research efforts. Proposals on a wide range of topics are invited but should fall under the core research areas of the UWPRC, which include population health and wellbeing, health equity, or disease prevention for women, children, and families.

Eligibility

All UW-Madison faculty, scientists and post-doctoral fellows conducting health promotion or disease prevention research at UW-Madison are invited to apply. Grants can be single- or multi-investigator.

Budget

Grants will range in value from $5,000 to $30,000 for a 12-month period. We anticipate that the average grant will be $15,000. Funds can be used to support research assistance, data or analysis costs, community engagement efforts, and salary.

For early career investigators, the grant will be awarded with an additional stipend ($1,500) for a senior faculty mentor to provide ongoing support and feedback related to the funded research and possibly to new grant submissions resulting from the work.

Number of awards

We expect to fund on average 3-5 projects per year.

The 2020 Small Grants Application period has ended. The 2020 awardees are listed below.

2020 UWPRC Small Grants Recipients

Assessing the Feasibility of Utilizing a Game-based Participatory Approach to Co-create Personalized Family Opioid Medication Safety Plans

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Olufunmilola Abraham, PhD, MS, BPharm

School of Pharmacy, Social and Administrative Sciences Division

The misuse of prescription opioids is a challenging problem that continues to significantly affects youth and families. This research study will assess the feasibility of utilizing a game-based participatory approach to preventing prescription opioid misuse while facilitating safe and responsible use of medications among diverse families. The long term goal of this project is to develop a MEDSMA℞T Family Toolkit that provides a clear framework and engaging approach for facilitating parent-teen communication about medication safety in homes. This pilot study will generate preliminary data for future development of a Medication Safety and Adolescent Communication Toolkit (MEDSMA℞T Families).

Pilot Testing an Evidence-based, Family-Centered Intervention for Opioid Exposed Newborns in Wisconsin’s Rural and Community Hospitals

The goal of this project is to develop and pilot an Eat, Sleep, Console (ESC) implementation intervention across Wisconsin community and rural hospitals by creating educational resources, and collaborating with the Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care (WAPC) and Wisconsin Perinatal Quality Collaborative (WisPQC). ESC is an evidence-based treatment for newborns exposed to opioids, which affects nearly 1 in 100 Wisconsin newborns. By conducting this study, the team hopes to reduce unnecessary hospital days, healthcare costs and parent-child bonding disruption in Wisconsin infants exposed to opioids, and simultaneously generate the tools and preliminary data to support widespread implementation of ESC in states and health systems.

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Ann Allen, MD

School of Medicine and Public Health, Department of Pediatrics

The Effects of State Pregnancy Accommodation Laws on Maternal and Infant Health

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Jessica Pac, PhD, M.Phil, MPA

School of Social Work

Expectant mothers’ labor force participation increased dramatically during the past 50 years. Yet, policy accommodations to protect their workforce participation have not kept pace. To date, 27 states have passed laws that require employers to provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant women. By enabling pregnant women to remain employed under safe working conditions, these laws have the potential to prevent maternal and infant morbidities and mortality through prolonged employment and earnings and retention of health insurance and maternity leave eligibility. This project will provide novel evidence on the effects of state pregnancy accommodation laws on maternal and infant health.

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Alejandra Ros Pilarz, PhD, MA

School of Social Work

Understanding structural barriers to contraceptive autonomy among low-income Black African women in the Global South: An exploratory study

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Leigh Senderowicz, ScD, MPH

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Contraceptive autonomy — a person’s ability to decide for themself what they want in regards to contraceptive use, and then to realize that decision — is an essential element of maternal and reproductive health equity, but this multidimensional construct has been difficult to define and measure. This study uses qualitative methods (in-depth interviews and focus group discussions) to generate a nuanced understanding of contraceptive autonomy among low-income Black African women of reproductive age living in a Global South setting.  The analysis will focus on multiple dimensions of choice and access to rights-based reproductive health care.