Pilot Project Funding

The Emory PERRC has provided funding for pilot projects and seed grants with the potential to make a significant contribution to public health systems research on preparedness and emergency response capabilities. Eligible applicants included faculty members from East Tennessee State University, Emory University, Florida State University, Georgia State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Morehouse School of Medicine, or University of Georgia.

Research topics addressed by pilot projects include one or more of the priorities for public health systems research set forth by the Institute of Medicine's "Research Priorities in Emergency Preparedness and Response for Public Health Systems: A Letter Report" and adopted by the Emory PERRC:

  1. Enhance the Usefulness of Training
  2. Improve Communications in Preparedness and Response
  3. Create and Maintain Sustainable Preparedness and Response Systems
  4. Generate Criteria and Metrics Applicable to an All-hazard Approach to Preparedness to Measure Effectiveness and Efficiency

Emory PERRC funded pilot projects:

  • Knowledge, Attitude and Behavior of H1N1 Vaccination Among Low Income Women Considered High Priority to Receive Vaccine
    (PI: Julie Gazmararian, PhD, MPH)
  • Feasibility and Acceptability of Using 2-way text Messaging to Improve Response to Critical Events
    (PI: Patrick Sullivan, DVM, PhD)
  • Use of Telemedicine after Public Health Disaster: A Poison Control Center Approach
    (PI: Stephanie Hon, PharmD)
  • Measurement and evaluation of H1N1 Response Systems towards Driving Improvements in Effectiveness and Efficiency
    (PI: Julie Swann, PhD, MS)
  • Message Framing Effects on Influenza Vaccination among Pregnant Minority Women
    (PI: Paula Frew, PhD, MPH, MA)