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Cheedy Jaja

Fulbright Scholar answering the call to improve health care in Sierra Leone.

Dr. Cheedy Jaja, an alumnus of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Minority Health Fellowship program, is now implementing the three-prong intervention he outlined in his Fulbright award application:

  1. Training: Jaja designed a curriculum to train doctors and nurses to identify and manage children with sickle cell disease.
  2. Screening: Based on a successful two-month screening pilot program conducted in 2017, Jaja is partnering with four major government hospitals with maternity units (covering four of the country’s 12 regions) to establish newborn sickle cell screening as the standard of care. He is also educating communities about sickle cell disease to boost support for screening and combat falsehoods, such as the notion that the disease stems from involvement in witchcraft.
  3. Awareness: Jaja is working with political leaders to pass a bill recognizing sickle cell disease as a major public health problem (akin to HIV and malaria) to increase government funds for disease management. In addition, with support from College of Nursing dean Jeannette Andrews and Global Carolina, he is working to identify global health education initiatives and research partnership opportunities for College of Nursing faculty as well as clinical opportunities for students in Sierra Leone.
phyllis raynor

Aspire Grant positively impacts parenting intervention. 

Dr. Phyllis Raynor's research project used a community-based participatory approach to explore the feasibility of delivering an evidence-based parenting intervention through digital technology to parents in early recovery from substance use disorders (SUD) to improve accessibility to recovery, self-care, and parenting resources. 

This community-based participatory research (CBPR) study was designed to recruit a community advisory board (CAB) of key stakeholders in the SUD recovery community who will serve as advisors to Dr. Raynor’s current and future research. In her current research, the newly formed CAB identified essential parenting, self-care, and recovery supports needed for positive parenting and long-term recovery for pregnant and postpartum women, and mothers and fathers of preschool, elementary, and adolescent children.

Dr. Raynor’s preliminary study findings identified unique barriers impacting recovery management and parenting for adult individuals in recovery in South Carolina.  These findings will inform a future digital intervention targeted at mothers in early recovery from SUD in rural areas of South Carolina. This research plan addresses a significant health disparity in recovery outcomes with economic ramifications to both families and health systems. 

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