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Aaron Smith, Ph.D. Relationships Between Incarcerated Substance Abusing Parents, Their Children, and Their Children’s Relative Caregiver Substance Abuse Program at the Hillsborough County Jail Behavioral & Community Sciences $11,029 This project conducted interviews with children to address questions concerning the well-being of children being raised by relatives because primary caregivers were incarcerated and separated from the child. This study analyzed the relationship between the children, relatives, and incarcerated parents. Social Work 2000 Hillsborough County
Alice M. Murray A Project to Study and Evaluate an Elder Ready Tri-County Region Coalition on Aging Think Tank (CATT) USF - Lakeland $15,000 The goal of this project was to facilitate the Tri-County Region of Polk, Highlands, and Hardee Counties to identity their elder needs and to further develop services to this population. The significance of this study is the “grass roots” development of an understanding of perceived needs that provides information vital to prepare local communities in the tri-county region of central Florida for the continued growth of their elderly population. Lakeland 2001 Polk County
Allison Edmonds, Ph.D., ARNP, FNP-BC Pedometer and Social Learning Intervention for 5th Grade Students at Bryan Elementary School in Plant City, Florida Bryan Elementary School Nursing $8,468 The purpose of this study was to investigate the use of social learning theory in the development of a school-based intervention to increase physical activity in 5th graders at Bryan Elementary School in Plant City, Florida. Nursing 2004-2005 Plant City
Ambe J. Njoh, Ph.D. Welfare Reforms, Poverty and Work: A Case Study of the Implications of the 1996 Welfare Reform Act for a Welfare-Dependent Community in St. Petersburg, Florida. Victory is Shouting in Our neighborhoods Arts & Sciences $15,000 This was a program to study the impact of the 1996 Welfare Reform Act on members of the welfare-dependent population. Conceived as an area and community specific project, the study focused on residents of a local public housing project in a predominantly African-American neighborhood. The study attempted to address the following issues: transportation, availability and accessibility of employment opportunities, skill development, and the availability and accessibility of child-care facilities. Government and International Affairs 2001 St. Petersburg
Amy Vargo, M.A. Foster Care Child Resiliency Study Sallie House Florida Mental Health Institute $15,000 The project was aimed at two things, to: 1) examine issues of trauma response and resilience among children and 2) explore the resources biological caregivers, teachers, mentors, and other key people in a child's life may bring to bear on fostering child resiliency. Child and Family Studies 2004-2005 St. Petersburg
Annette Christy, Ph.D. Florida's Justice Diversion Trauma Recovery (JDTR) with Priority to Veterans Northside Mental Health Center and James Haley VA Hospital Florida Mental Health Institute   In response to an increasing number of combat veteran's becoming homeless and the growing number of individuals with PTSD and trauma histories who come into contact with the criminal justice system, SAMHSA awarded six Jail Diversion and Trauma Recovery Program grants in the fall of 2008, six Jail Diversion and Trauma Recovery Program grants in the fall of 2009 and one Jail Diversion and Trauma Recovery Program grant in the spring of 2010 to support local implementation and statewide expansion of trauma-informed jail diversion programs for people with post traumatic stress (PTSD) and other trauma-related disorders. Mental Health Law and Policy 2008-2009 City of Tampa
Annette McGaha, Ph.D. Acute Mental Health Care Services for Children in Pinellas County Personal Enrichment through Mental Health Services Behavioral & Community Sciences $14,964 The focus of this study was on the acute mental health care system for children in Pinellas County. The specific aims of the study were to apply qualitative and quantitative methodologies to develop a system profile, system description, and client level profiles. Mental Health Law and Policy 2002 Pinellas County
Barbara Langland Orban, Ph.D. Impact of Helmet Use on Motorcycle Trauma and Uncompensated Care Costs in Hillsborough and Pasco Counties Tampa Fire-Rescue and the Hillsborough County Trauma Agency (TAC) Public Health $14,990 This project analyzed motorcycle crashes in Hillsborough and Pasco Counties for the period of July 1, 1999 to June 30, 2001. Data sources include crash reports, emergency medical service records, and trauma center (hospital) records. Statistical analysis compared crash occurrence, clinical outcomes including fatalities, insurance, medical cost and uncompensated care comparing the two years and the helmet users and non-users. Health Policy and Management 2002-2003 Hillsborough County
Barbara Shircliffe, Ph.D. Oral History of East Tampa: Engaging Students in Documenting the Social Capital of a Community Middleton High School Education $14,975 The purpose of this study was to engage high school students in conducting interviews with community residents about changing social capital within the East Tampa community. Students developed questions and conducted video interviews with community representatives that they identified. Students produced a DVD which was presented at a Research Day. Special Education 2005-2006 East Tampa
Beverly G. Ward Job Training Activities and Opportunities and Transportation needs and Usage among WAGES participants Catholic Charities Diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida Engineering $15,000 This project conducted is part two of a welfare reform study conducted between June of 1998 and June of 1999. Part one of the study assessed the degree to which the current “safety net” of services provided by the “Work and Gain Economics Self-Sufficiency Act” (WAGES) program was sufficient for families impacted by welfare reform. Part two proposed to examine the content and efficacy of the current job training program offered by WAGES. Center for Urban Transportation Research 2000 Hillsborough County

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