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Affiliated Faculty Hosts CDC Site Visit
PRCHN affiliated faculty and Professor of Psychiatry at Case School of Medicine Dr. Martha Sajatovic hosted a site visit April 1-2 from Rosemarie Kobau, the team lead of the Centers for Disease Control’s Epilepsy Program. During her visit, Kobau sat in on a training/debriefing session that Dr. Sajatovic holds on a regular basis for the Nurse Educators and Peer Educators who are involved in the “Self-Management for People with Epilepsy and a History of Negative Health Events (SMART)” study, which is funded by the CDC (SIP14-007). The SMART study is an eight-week, online psychoeducational program for individuals with epilepsy and a history of negative health events (such as seizures, hospitalizations, or ER visits) and is led by nurse educators and peer educators. It is one of three Special Interest Project (SIP) grants that Dr. Sajatovic has been awarded from the CDC. One of the unique aspects of the SIP grant program is that it is only available to investigators affiliated with one of the 26 Prevention Research Centers in the CDC's national network.

Dr Sajatovic also presented updates for the “Focusing on Young People to Erase Epilepsy Stigma (ERASE)” study, another CDC funded study (SIP14-008). In addition, Kobau was able to participate in a meeting with the original Community Advisory Board members for the “Targeted Self-Management for Epilepsy and Serious Mental Illness (TIME)” study. The TIME study was part of a previous cycle of CDC-funded studies (SIP12-057). The meeting was held to share findings and get input on next steps from key stakeholders. Stakeholders voiced their appreciation for an opportunity to share their experience and discuss dissemination planning.

A SIP is a health promotion and disease prevention research project that focuses on a topic of interest or a gap in knowledge or research. The SIP program was established by the CDC to support supplemental projects in health promotion and disease prevention research and allows Prevention Research Centers (PRCs) such as the PRCHN to compete for research projects sponsored by CDC organizational units and other Health & Human Services agencies. Learn more about SIP Grants received by PRCHN affiliated faculty elsewhere on the PRCHN website.
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