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Faculty Research: Faculty projects are changing local and global health care

Posted: Nov. 11, 2013

Jane Dimmitt Champion

Jane Dimmitt Champion, PhD, DNP, FAANP, FAAN

Dr. Champion is a professor of nursing and has made outstanding contributions to nursing practice by improving the health of ethnic minority women. She was one of the first nurses to study the relationship of sexually transmitted infections, unintended pregnancy, substance use and interpersonal violence. Through her clinical research, she has contributed significantly to improving the standard of care and reducing health disparities for rural and urban African-American and Mexican-American women and adolescents. Dr. Champion has been principal investigator of nine research grants funded by the National Institutes of Health. Her findings have been incorporated into clinical practice within community health programs nationally and internationally. Dr. Champion was recently inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

MiYong T. Kim

MiYong T. Kim, RN, PhD, FAAN

Dr. Kim is a professor of nursing and associate vice president for Community Health Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin. She is an internationally respected translational researcher who uses community-based participatory research to reduce health disparities among traditionally underserved ethnic minority populations. Her research focuses on reducing cardiovascular health-related disparities among underserved ethnic minority populations, particularly in hypertension and diabetes control, cancer prevention, and mental health. Dr. Kim has been continuously funded for the last 23 years, primarily by the National Institutes of Health. She also served as director of the Center of Excellence for Cardiovascular Health of Vulnerable Populations at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing where she and her team developed several initiatives to significantly reduce cardiovascular health disparities. The local and global impact of her research and scholarship has changed the research methods of those working in the field of cardiovascular prevention science in vulnerable populations.

Bo Xie

Bo Xie, PhD

Dr. Xie is an associate professor of nursing at the School of Nursing and the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research reflects her interdisciplinary training in medicine, psychology, and science and technology studies. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Aging, Xie’s research focuses on health informatics interventions that can promote older adults’ use of information and communication technologies for e-health literacy: health information and decision making that may have important implications for patient-provider relationships and health outcomes.