Faculty Earn Grants for Healthcare Research

Elissa Foster
Sidney Dillard
Two College of Communication faculty members working on the field of healthcare earned grants for two separate research projects currently in progress.

Professor Elissa Foster, director of our Health Communication program, along with Douglas Bruce (lead) of the Public Health program and Mona Shattell of Nursing, are the recipients of the 2015 Provost’s Collaborative Research Fellowship. The fellowship includes a $20,000 grant toward their project, "Patient and Primary Care Provider Perspectives on Recreational and Therapeutic Cannabis Use Within a Changing Sociocultural and Political Context", dedicated work space on the Loop campus, a $2,000 stipend for each collaborator, and official recognition as ‘Research Fellow.’


Assistant Professor Sydney Dillard’s proposal, titled, "Having a Healthy Baby - Reducing Infant Mortality Emphasizing Breastfeeding Education" was awarded $20,000 through the State Master's Research Plan by the Indiana Minority Health Coalition. As the PI, she will be working closely with the community partner, the Lake County Minority Health Coalition, to address myths associated with breastfeeding among pregnant teens and their partners.