Professor Hamisu Salihu, MD. PhD, is the recipient of an 11-year, NIH grant. As the principal investigator, Salihu and the co-investigators will partner with members of the Tampa community to identify and prioritize issues impacting disparities in the maternal and child health (MCH) population using a CBPR approach.
The first three years of the study is dedicated to the identification of a priority MCH disparity topic and testing an appropriate intervention. The second phase lasts five years and is a larger intervention study to assess the efficacy/effectiveness of the selected intervention. The final phase is dedicated to dissemination of results over three years.
The topic for the NIH grant awarded to Dr. Salihu is entitled, “Toward Eliminating Disparities in Maternal and Child Health Populations,” and bears the following specific aims:
SPECIFIC AIM 1: To identify a priority MCH disparity issue through a participatory community needs assessment and asset mapping.
SPECIFIC AIM 2: To determine an evidence-based intervention that addresses the priority MCH disparity condition identified in Aim 1 and to develop an appropriate research strategy.
SPECIFIC AIM 3: To implement a pilot study to address the identified MCH disparity issue using the research strategy developed in Aim 2.
Hamisu Salihu, MD. PhD, holds faculty positions in the USF College of Public Health and Morsani College of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He directs the Occupational Medicine Residency Program at USF and the Center for Research and Evaluation of the Lawton and Rhea Chiles Center.