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Ongoing Research Projects


Physicians for Peace: Competency-Based Training Workshop

Lead Team: MyNgoc Nguyen (ODU PhD Candidate)
Other participants: Denise Claiborne (ODU PhD Candidate), Dr. Olaniyi Olayinka

This project was the result of collaboration between the Center for Global Health and the local nonprofit organization, Physicians for Peace. A workshop was given to key leaders within the organization in order to assist with updating the strategic plan. We performed a SWOT analysis to identify the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats within the organization and presented on the specific and core competencies necessary for public health as well as health care providers.

Let's Move: A Program Evaluation for the Virginia Beach Department of Public Health and the Virginia Beach Department of Parks and Recreation

ODU's Lead Team: Maureen Boshier
City of Virginia Beach Partners: Dr. Heidi Kulberg, Health Director, and J. Turner, Analyst, Virginia Beach Department of Public Health. B. Lito, CPRP, Recreation Supervisor, City of Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation Out of School Time Program
Other participants: Dr. M. Sheth-Chandra, M. Bartholmae (ODU PhD Candidate). B. Geraghty (EVMS/ODU MPH student)

In 2015, The ODU Center for Global Health prepared the one year report for the Let's Move Project. The Let's Move Virginia Beach (LMVB) healthy eating and physical activity intervention was developed by the Virginia Beach Public Health and Parks and Recreation Departments to combat childhood obesity. To counteract the apparent decline in healthy behaviors in adulthood, children ages 5 to 11 in the after school program were targeted for an intervention. The desired behavior changes for the LMVB intervention included 1) reduced sugared beverage consumption, 2) choosing correct portions and foods from the myPlate.gov food groups, and 3) increased physical activity. Each LMVB lesson included a short lecture, a relay race to reinforce the lesson concepts, and physical activity in the form of dancing. Every child received an item to take home (e.g., a water bottle to reinforce drinking water instead of sugared beverages) and a letter for parents with the lesson concepts and recommendations for behavior motivation and change.

A survey to assess knowledge, attitudes, and practices (KAP) of both children and parents was collected on 135 students in the Fall of 2014 and Spring 2015. In Summer of 2015, the Center analyzed the data and evaluated the effectiveness of the program. The changes in KAP for the parents were statistically insignificant, p = .096. When separated by grade, the children in the Kindergarten group showed a statistically insignificant change (p = 0.334). First, second, third, fourth, and fifth grades resulted in a statistically significant improvement of KAP (p < 0.05). The results for all the grades combined were statistically significant improvement (p = 0.008). Overall, the children significantly improved their KAP about healthy living after the delivery of the Let's Move program.

Abukloi and South Sudan

Lead Team: Gail Grisetti
Other participants
: Morgan Tyler (ODU Undergraduate Student)

To assist Abukloi with strengthening their health education systems, the ODU Center for Global Health prepared a health education tool kit for secondary school teachers in South Sudan. It was recommended that the most effective method to implement health education within the Abukloi School would be to integrate a health education course into the required curriculum beginning at the 9th grade level. Depending on the current teaching model used, the health education course was included as a regularly scheduled class or an elective. A new topic was introduced each class with emphasis on topics related to individual health such as hygiene and water sanitation. Men and women were separated for topics related to sexual health, maternal health, and HIV/AIDS education because students felt comfortable asking questions related to these topics away from the opposite sex. Students were taught by their current teachers. A public health professional trained educators and gave them the necessary information to make a lesson plan for the students. Incorporating this course into the curriculum helped students become knowledgeable about health promotion practices.

Simelela Data Evaluation

Lead Team: Jennifer Fish, Manasi Sheth-Chandra,
Other participants:
Keikilani Martin (ODU Undergraduate Student)

The ODU Center for Global Health and ODU's Women's Studies Department performed a series of statistical analyses using Simelela sexual violence data from the Simelela Rape Crisis Centre in Khayelitsha, South Africa. The sexual violence data included number of rape cases, rape threats, and location of rapes. The information was also stratified by age and gender. The statistical analysis revealed that for females, over 90% of the perpetrators were family members. Also the number of rape cases were higher in females and elderly who are under the influence.

College of Health Sciences Interprofessional Education Day Evaluation

Lead Team: Drs. K. Adams-Tufts , J. Blando, R. Poston, Manasi Sheth-Chandra
Other participants
: Keikilani Martin (ODU Undergraduate Student)

The ODU Center for Global Health assisted in the evaluation of the 2015 College of Health Sciences' Interprofessional Education Day. The result of the evaluation showed that most of the respondents mentioned that the best thing about the event was: the keynote speaker presentation, the diversity and experience of the panel of speakers and the group activities. Respondents suggested that the event can be improved if it had a clearer goal, more audience participation, more effective time management and strategies, better organization and interprofessional communication.

Autism Training Program in Santiago, the Dominican Republic

Lead Team: Drs. Gail Grisetti, Jonna Bobzien

We have taken the past year of the project to present at professional conferences on the implementation of the Autism Training Program in the DR. Additionally, we have published one journal article on the creation and implementation of the training program which included preliminary results of the research study linked to the training. Currently, we are working on a research manuscript based on the data collected from the training, which demonstrates the effectiveness of the overall program. Finally, we are in the process of obtaining new IRB permission to implement a subsequent training program and corresponding research program.



Ongoing Service Projects


Global Health Heroes Program

The Global Health Heroes Program was a collaboration between the ODU Center for Global Health and the Horizon's summer program to educate students on the importance of global health and how it relates to their personal health behaviors.

Mosquito Control and Surveillance Project

The Mosquito Control and Surveillance Project was a collaboration between the ODU Center for Global Health, the Norfolk Department of Public Health and the Eastern Virginia Medical School MPH program. The objective was to give undergraduate and graduate students first hand experience in the field of vector control and surveillance. Students performed:

  • Backyard inspections
  • Laboratory work
  • Mosquito identification
  • Source reduction techniques
  • Community Outreach

NIDA Educational Program

As part of the National Institute of Drug Abuse Education week, the ODU Center for Global hosted an Educational event to help teens better understand the risks associated with alcohol and drug abuse.



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