New NIH FOAs: Structural Racism and Discrimination

Through a new effort called UNITE, NIH has begun to identify short-term and long-term actions to end structural racism and racial inequities throughout the biomedical research enterprise. As part of UNITE, the NIH Common Fund developed the Transformative Research to Address Health Disparities and Advance Health Equity initiative to support unusually innovative research projects, which, if successful, […]

Brown School group to study COVID-19 disparities with $1.5M grant

By Neil Schoenherr The Brown School’s Health Communication Research Laboratory (HCRL) at Washington University in St. Louis has received two grants totaling $1.57 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to understand and address COVID-19 health disparities. The first study will examine how low-income workers have been affected by the pandemic, while the second will develop […]

Addressing the Individual Social Needs of Patients with Diabetes

On the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)’s Diabetes Discoveries and Practice Blog, our own Dr. Matthew Kreuter discusses how health care professionals can address the individual social needs of patients who have diabetes and share resources to help identify patients’ needs.  Take a moment to check it out.

Being raised by grandparents may increase risk for childhood obesity

By Neil Schoenherr  Grandparental child care is linked to nearly a 30% increase in childhood overweight and obesity risk, finds a new analysis from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. In a study, published online Jan. 22 in Childhood Obesity, researchers discovered that grandparents could impact their grandchildren’s waistline in various ways, […]

WU-CDTR Members Contribute to Special Issue for Annals of the NY Academy of Sciences

In October 2017, research experts in obesity and diabetes prevention – including WU-CDTR Director Dr. Debra Haire-Joshu, SDBA Core Lead Dr. Shiriki Kumanyika and WU-CDTR Member Dr. Monica Baskin – convened at the National Institutes of Health to engage in a workshop to brainstorm new research directions for eliminating disparities in obesity and type 2 […]

WU-CDTR Partner, Council on Black Health, Receives RWJF Award

WU-CDTR partner, the Council on Black Health (CBH), was awarded a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for $785,000.  The grant will support an inter-organizational partnership to advance health and wellness for Black children and families.  The award was received in collaboration with the NAACP, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., 100 Black Men of […]

Dr. Ka’imi Sinclair publishes study focusing on Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Men’s Health

WU-CDTR member, Ka’imi Sinclair, PhD, Assistant Professor of Community Health at Washington State University College of Nursing, recently published a study focusing on Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) Men’s Health in the Asian American Journal of Psychology, alongside co-authors, Dan Pritchard, MEd, and Pearl McElfish, PhD. The study explored NHPI men’s multilevel perspectives of […]

Stakeholders identify future directions for diabetes translation research to achieve health equity

Concept mapping study results

In a recent study conducted by the WU-CDTR, stakeholders in public health research and practice identified 10 priority areas for advancing diabetes translation research towards the goal of health equity in diabetes prevention and control. To identify priority areas, the authors used concept mapping with input from center-affiliated investigators and public health practitioners. The study, […]

Maternal and infant health takes center stage at 12th Annual Institute for Public Health Conference

On October 30th, the Washington University Institute for Public Health (IPH), convened local and national researchers, public health practitioners, and community partners for the 12th Annual IPH Conference, “Healthy Moms, Health Babies: Paving the Path to Reproductive Equity.” During the full day event, co-hosted by the Center for Diabetes Translation Research (WU-CDTR), attendees participated in […]

WU-CDTR member in the News: Spotlight on Dr. Ross Brownson in JPHMP

Dr. Ross Brownson, WU-CDTR Associate Director and Steven H. and Susan U. Lipstein Distinguished Professor at the Washington University in St. Louis, is featured in a recent interview with the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice (JPHMP). In the interview, Brownson, who also directs the Prevention Research Center in St. Louis and serves as […]

WU-CDTR Awards 3 Pilot & Feasibility Projects

The Center for Diabetes Translation Research is pleased to announce the 2019 Pilot and Feasibility Program grant recipients. Congratulations to the following three awardees! Abigail Barker, PhD– “The impact of sustained vs. temporary price changes for healthy and unhealthy foods: policy implications for low-income families” Ellen Fitzsimmons-Craft, PhD– “Developing and piloting a virtual reality experience […]

The Next Generation of Diabetes Translation: A Path to Health Equity

A “new generation” of diabetes interventions is needed to translate evidence into practices that focus on eliminating disparities by addressing the social determinants of health, according to a leading expert from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. “The past two decades have brought significant scientific advances in diabetes prevention and management, but […]

NIH Grant to Fund Study on How Communities Address Diabetes

Congratulations to Drs. Amy McQueen and Matt Kreuter who recently received an NIH grant to examine the impact of addressing unmet basic needs among Medicaid beneficiaries with diabetes. This collaborative, interdisciplinary study will involve partnering with the Louisiana Healthcare Connections, a Medicaid health plan that provides coverage to more than 465,000 in the state of Louisiana.  The […]

Home-Based Lifestyle Intervention Minimizes Maternal Weight Gain

Weight gain during pregnancy and postpartum are important causes of long-term weight gain and the development of obesity-related diseases among women. A new, interdisciplinary study from Washington University in St. Louis finds providing a home-based lifestyle intervention effectively minimizes excess maternal weight gain during pregnancy and through 12 months postpartum in underserved African-American women with […]

Dr. Shiriki Kumanyika Receives 2019 Elizabeth Fries Health Education Award

Dr. Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD, MPH, a distinguished scholar in the fields of public health nutrition and health disparities research, was recently awarded the 2019 Elizabeth Fries Health Education Award. She currently serves as research professor in the Department of Community Health and Prevention at the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health and is professor emerita of epidemiology […]

Dr. Cynthia Herrick Featured on STL Public Radio to discuss postpartum diabetes screening

Dr. Cynthia Herrick was recently featured on St. Louis Public Radio to discuss findings from her BMC Public Health article “Postpartum diabetes screening among low income women with gestational diabetes in Missouri 2010–2015.” Dr. Herrick shared her thoughts on the racial disparities observed in gestational and emphasized the need for programs that support women from pregnancy to […]

Dr. Ebony Carter receives ADA Pathway Grant

On February 15th, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) announced the 2019 awardees for the Pathway to Stop Diabetes® grant program. WU-CDTR member, Dr. Ebony Carter was named a Pathway Accelerator Awardee, receiving $1.625 million over the five-year grant term. The Pathway Accelerator Award is designed to support exceptional, independent early-career researchers who have distinguished themselves […]

Dr. Carter awarded K23 for pilot on prenatal care for diabetes

Dr. Ebony Carter has received a Mentored Patient-Oriented Career Development Award (K23) to study the impact of group prenatal diabetes care in improving health outcomes for low-income African-American women with type 2 and gestational diabetes. Carter’s pilot program, Diabetes Centering Pregnancy (Diabetes CP),  seeks to work with women with increased risks of developing post-partum cardiovascular […]

Haire-Joshu Honored at 2018 Founders Day Celebration

Congratulations to our Center Director, Dr. Haire-Joshu, who was among four Washington University faculty members to receive the Distinguished Faculty Award at the University’s annual Founder’s Day celebration. The Distinguished Faculty Awards recognize outstanding commitment to the intellectual and personal development of students. Awardees also demonstrate distinguished service to the Washington University community while epitomizing […]

McBride Named Bernard Becker Professor

On November 5th, Tim McBride was installed as the Bernard Becker Professor at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. McBride is an influential health policy analyst and leading health economists who has helped to shape the national agenda on various health related issues. He currently studies the effects of health reform at the state and […]

Tabak and PAT Continue Collaboration with 5-Year NIH Grant

This August, Dr. Rachel Tabak received a $3.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to evaluate the impact of Healthy Eating and Active Living Taught at Home (HEALTH), a lifestyle modification intervention which addresses obesity and chronic disease prevention in young mothers. Tabak, who serves as lead for the Dissemination and Implementation in […]