Since 2005, the sponsored awards received by the college have more than doubled. In FY 2017, the CPHHS received $15.4 million in sponsored awards.

Although the majority of funding comes from federal agencies including the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Education and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), our diverse funding portfolio also includes awards from industry, foundations and nonprofit organizations.

Below are examples of notable awards received in FY 2017 that reflect our values and commitment to embracing innovative approaches, conducting community-based research with diverse populations, promoting interdisciplinary collaboration and integrating students. These projects have the potential to impact population health in communities across Oregon and beyond.


Notable grants in FY 2017 include

Direct and Indirect Impacts of HIV and ART among Older People in a Community Setting

A 2-year, $254,367 study led by PI and Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences (HDFS), Carolyn Aldwin, and Jeon Small, post doc, is funded by the World Health Organization with flow through from NIH NIA as an Administrative Supplement to Promote Diversity in a Health-Related Research Program.

This project will contribute to the analysis of the Study on Global AGEing and Adult Health (SAGE) – Well-being of Older Persons Study (WOPS) HIV: An Investigation of Caregiving in Uganda and South Africa and other research activities by Dr. Jeon Small.


Medicaid Expansion in Oregon: Access and Health Outcomes for Women and Infants

A 5-year, $1.5M study led by PIs Distinguished Professor of Public Health, Marie Harvey, and Associate Professor of Health Policy, Jeff Luck, and Co-I Jangho Yoon, Associate Professor of Health Policy, is funded by the CDC.

The overall goal of the five-year study is to examine the impact of the ACA Medicaid expansion on the health of women of reproductive age and infants in Oregon. A supplement awarded in FY 2017 provides significant benefits and efficiency in the preparation of analytic linkage data sets for each research question and the analyses to address policy relevant questions.


Systematic Evaluation of Multi-Axial Suspension to Reduce Whole Body Vibration Exposures in Heavy Equipment Mining Vehicle Operators

A 2-year, $361,408 study led by PI and Assistant Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH), Jay Kim, with Co-I and Assistant Professor of Biostatistics, Harold Bae, is funded by Alpha Foundation.

The knowledge gained from this study will provide recommendations for reducing exposures with the long-term objective of reducing musculoskeletal disorders.


Safety Surveillance for Pacific Northwest Commercial Fishing

A 5-year, $830,000 study led by PIs Associate Professor of EOH, Laurel Kincl, and Professor of Epidemiology, Viktor Bovbjerg, is funded as a subaward from University of Washington, Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (PNASH) with flow through from CDC NIOSH.  Other contributors include Co-I Devin Lucas, NIOSH; Kaety Jacobson, OSU Oregon Sea Grant Program; and Jasmine Nahorniak, OSU College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences.

The research will create a practical commercial fishing surveillance system for the Pacific Northwest.


Development and Evaluation of an Intervention to Increase Joint Activity and Social Wellbeing for Adolescents with Developmental Disabilities

A 2-year, $390,648 study led by PIs Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, Megan MacDonald, and Assistant Professor, Monique Udell (College of Agricultural Science), with Co-I and Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, John Schuna, and Co-I and Assistant Professor of Statistics, Duo Jiang, is funded by NIH NICHD.

This research will improve public health by evaluating new areas of animal assisted intervention aimed at improved developmental trajectories for adolescents with developmental disabilities, directly addressing the research goals of the One Health initiative.


Developing an App to Promote Executive Function and Academic Achievement in Young Children

A 14-month, $150,000 study led by PI and Professor of HDFS, Megan McClelland, and Co-I and Assistant Professor of Practice, Shauna Tominey, is funded by Bezos Family Foundation.

This research will continue the development and testing of a mobile app designed to support parents playing games with their young children to promote self-regulation and executive function in young children.


Preservation of Vascular and Functional Health among Nonagenarians

A 2-year, $220,500 study led by PI and Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Michelle Odden, is funded by NIH NHLBI.

This research will identify risk factors in early old age that, if treated, may help preserve cardiovascular and functional health in those reaching age 90.


Regulation of the Mitochondrial Proteome by Autophagy during Insulin Resistance

A $464,170 mentored career development award (K award) for PI and Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, Matthew Robinson, is funded by NIH NIDDK.

The study seeks to understand how damage to mitochondrial proteins is regulated during changes to insulin resistance. It is hoped the results will help future therapies to treat or prevent Type 2 diabetes.


Sources and Impact of Stigma for Rural Breast, Prostate and Lung Cancer Survivors

A 2-year, $147,000 study led by PI and Professor of Health Promotion and Health Behavior (HPHB), Sheryl Thorburn, and Co-I and Assistant Professor of HPHB, Veronica Irvin, is funded by NIH NCI.

This research will positively impact public health by improving understanding of stigma, its outcomes, and factors that might lessen its negative effects and improve the health and healthcare of rural survivors of breast, prostate, and lung cancer.


Impact of 2014 Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act on Children, Families, and the Quality of Home Based Child Care

A $68,511 evaluation by PI and Research Associate, Roberta Weber, and Co-PI Assistant Professor of HDFS, Bridget Hatfield, with Co-Is Research Associate, Deana Grobe, and Associate Professor of HDFS, Shannon Lipscomb, is funded by the Oregon Department of Education with flow through from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The objectives of the study are to build State capacity to: assess the impact of the 2014 CCDBG Act, strengthen ongoing research, identify effects of implementation on program participation, and identify effects of professional development and support on the quality of home-based child care.