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School of Nursing Sexual Health Nurse Researcher Receives "Research in Minority Health" Award

Posted: Feb. 26, 2015

Dr. Jane D. Champion

Jane D. Champion, PhD, DNP, FNP, FAANP, FAAN, professor at The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing, was awarded the 2015 “Research in Minority Health” award by the Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS) during their annual conference Feb. 25–28 in Tampa, Florida.

Dr. Champion’s research focuses on a broad spectrum of issues, including sexually transmitted illnesses (STI) and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), substance use, adolescent and women’s health, unintended pregnancy, and interpersonal violence. She has served as principal, co-principal or co-investigator on 33 research projects and been an investigator on 24 National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded research projects. Dr. Champion has completed over 300 abstract and manuscript publications related to this work.

Dr. Champion began her clinical research program focused on primary care and community-based health promotion in urban and rural communities by completing a two-year NIH post-doctoral fellowship in Minority Women’s Health, STI, and Violence, and also a Center for Disease Control post-doctoral fellowship in STI/HIV Research.

“I am interested as a nurse practitioner and clinical researcher in providing a safe and compassionate environment for women and children to access the health care and information they need to improve their lives. This is especially important in rural communities where health care resources are not as readily available,” said Dr. Champion. “What I find most rewarding about my work is the opportunity to partner with clients as they move toward better health and healthier relationships.”

Dr. Champion developed Image, an intervention to promote sexual health and well-being for Mexican- and African-American adolescent females in urban primary health care settings. Image was developed through clinical research trials and was recently listed by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control as an effective intervention for this form of health promotion. The intervention has been adapted for rural Mexican-American adolescent females.

The SNRS award recognizes the contributions of an individual or group conducting research that has significance for improving the health care of minorities and other under-represented groups in the Southern region.

Last year’s winner of the award was Sharon Horner, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate dean for research at the UT Austin School of Nursing.

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