Grant: $150,091 - National Institutes of Health - Aug. 4, 2009
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Award Description: The project will be testing the feasibility and determining the effect size of a peer-mentored, class-room based program for improving disaster preparedness among adults with developmental disabilities who live independently in the community.
Project Description: A partnership between UCLA and the Westside Regional Center (WRC), an LA based service provider for ADD, proposes a two-phase, community-based participatory research project. In Phase 1, we will work with focus groups and a community advisory board to identify facilitators and barriers to disaster preparedness among ADD living independently in the community. Results of Phase 1 will be used to adapt available curriculums for use in a class-room based, disaster preparedness program. In Phase 2, a health educator and peer mentors will deliver the disaster-preparedness program to ADD in six-1½ hour sessions held at the WRC. The program will be conducted using a two-group, pre-test/post-test design with a sample of 40 ADD who receive the intervention and a wait-list control group (n=40). Participants will be evaluated at baseline and starting at one-month after the program to evaluate its feasibility and effect size. Study results will guide development of a future RO1 proposal that could contribute knowledge about the effectiveness of peer-mentor interventions with ADD generally, improve disaster preparedness with ADD specifically, and reduce disaster-related disparities in this vulnerable population.
Jobs Summary: UCLA is a world-class educational institution in the midst of an unprecedented financial crisis that threatens our mission to provide education, research and public service benefiting millions of people. ARRA funding to the University has enabled the creation and retention of jobs to support vital scientific research and training activities that would otherwise be severely constrained or eliminated through budget cuts. The type(s) of jobs created and retained by this ARRA-fund award includes: Faculty and Investigator positions. (Total jobs reported: 1)
Project Status: Less Than 50% Completed
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