2013 Seed Grants

2013 Seed Grants

Million Hearts: Improving Cardiovascular Health Across Ohio

million hearts screeningHeart Disease is the number one killer in America in both men and women. Million Hearts is a national initiative designed to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by the year 2017. The Million Hearts Initiative’s focus is to prevent heart disease by providing community health screenings and to educate on preventative lifestyle modifications. Ohio State University is participating in this initiative by educating students, faculty and staff on cardiovascular disease prevention with the goal of them disseminating this information to the community. The OSU College of Nursing is training nursing students to do Million Hearts cardiovascular risk screenings and counsel on modifiable risk factors. Grant funds were used to provide equipment, educational materials and outreach resources for engaging people throughout Ohio. The partnership with OSU Extension is providing a connection for screenings to take place in outlying communities via health fairs, county fairs and planned classes.

Screenings are only beneficial when there are resources available to assist in disease prevention. Many rural communities do not have adequate resources or follow-up on cardiovascular disease prevention. Following screenings, participants will now be referred to classes in their area for continuity. OSU Extension will provide classes with information on how to reduce cardiovascular risk factors and help people make healthy behavior changes. Using OSU CARES grant funding OSU Extension along with Kate Gawlik, College of Nursing, developed curriculum to educate the community on modifiable cardiovascular risk factors, to provide Million Hearts training to educators across county lines, and to support educational resources. The curriculum and classes are patterned after the Dining With Diabetes Curriculum, which has proven to be very successful within the community. Similar to the Dining With Diabetes classes, the curriculum centers around hands-on education such as food preparation and sample tastings. “Million Hearts: Improving Cardiovascular Health Across Ohio” will help participants understand how to make healthy choices to reduce their blood pressure and cholesterol levels, stop smoking, and use stress reduction methods. OSU nursing students provide pre and post screenings during classes. This type of preventative education with an emphasis on behavior change can improve individual as well as overall community health. See millionhearts.osu.edu

PI(s): Patricia Brinkman, Assistant Professor and Extension Educator, College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences; Kate Gawlik, Clinical Faculty, College of Nursing


The Bridge: Issue Analysis Process -- Connecting FFA Students with Employers

FFA GroupEmpowering students to develop employability skills that are critical for today’s workforce and to use those skills to foster connectivity in their communities were the key purposes of this grant project organized by OSUE’s Alber Enterprise Center (AEC).  By actively engaging in The BRIDGE: Issue Management Process facilitated by the Alber Program Manager, eighty-eight students from two high school groups can add information gathering, problem-solving, critical/creative thinking, organizing, planning, decision-making, and teamwork skills to their resumes. 

While actively learning The BRIDGE process, Ridgemont High School (Kenton, Ohio) FFA members identified, created, and implemented four new strategies to connect with community groups in Hardin County.  In addition, two FFA members transferred their newly acquired analytical and facilitation skills by assisting AEC in expediting The BRIDGE with the Wyandot County Young Professionals and the Crawford County economic development manufacturing council.

Marion Harding HUB21 (Marion, Ohio) students used The BRIDGE to identify key components of a plan to market advanced manufacturing careers to high school students.  The students developed an action plan to promote manufacturing careers among their peers, parents, teachers, and the community.  The HUB21 coordinator has invited Alber Enterprise Center to facilitate the process with next year’s class.  See www.alberosu.com/index.php/en/thebridge

PI(s): Frank Gibson, Program Manager, Alber Enterprise Center, OSU Marion; Myra Wilson, Director, Alber Enterprise Center, OSU Marion
Partner(s): Stephanie Jolliff, Ridgemont Schools Agricultural Education Teacher & FFA Advisor; John Hohn, Director of Economic Development, Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance; Rose Fisher-Merkowitz, Associate Professor/Extension Educator, Ohio State University Extension; Christine Trapp, Assistant Director of Academic Services, Ohio State University Marion; Mark Light, 4-H Youth Development Educator/Hardin County Extension Director, Ohio State University Extension.


Blue Star Healthy Colon Initiative

inflatable colon displayThe Blue Star Healthy Colon Initiative utilized a creative approach to increase knowledge about colon cancer and colon cancer screening by displaying an inflatable walk-through colon exhibit at two community events in Meigs County. This interactive educational display got people talking about colon cancer in a county where death from colorectal cancer is 35% higher than any county in the state of Ohio. A total of 338 participants toured the inflatable colon exhibit at the Meigs County Fair in August 2013 and Powell’s Food Store in April 2014.

At each event, participants were given guided tours of the Super Colon exhibit by local nurses, who explained how colon cancer progresses and how a polyp in the colon can be detected early and removed during a colonoscopy, before it potentially becomes cancer. Before and after these tours, participants were asked to complete surveys to assess their colon cancer knowledge and screening intentions. The surveys indicated participants had an increase in knowledge about colon cancer and were more likely to talk about colon cancer and screening with their families and others in their communities. The events also provided an opportunity for health educators to conduct personalized wellness plans with129 people to address modifiable risk factors for colon cancer. This Blue Star Initiative utilized effective educational and motivational tools to promote colon cancer screening among participants in this rural Appalachia Ohio County. See u.osu.edu/bluestar

PI(s): Electra Paskett, Professor and Associate Director of Population Sciences, College of Medicine; Darla Fickle, Program Director, Population Science, Comprehensive Cancer Center; Audra Jordan, Program Coordinator, Population Science, Comprehensive Cancer Center
Partner(s): Harold Kneen, Extension Educator, Agriculture & Natural Resources and County Director, Athens County & Meigs County, OSU Extension, College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; Linda King, Extension Program Assistant, OSU Extension, College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; Norma Torres, RN, MS, Chair, Meigs County Cancer Initiative (MCCI)