Olayinka Shiyanbola, a new member of the Holtz Center, and an Assistant Professor of Social and Administrative Sciences in the School of Pharmacy, recently received a UW-Madison Contemporary Social Problems Initiative grant. The team received this grant for their project “Partnering with Peers in the Community to Improve Diabetes Medication Adherence for African Americans in Madison and Milwaukee.” Collaborators for the supported project include Jonas Lee (Family Medicine and Community Health), Lisa Sharp (University of Illinois at Chicago) and Earlise Ward (Morgridge Center for Public Service). This study uses a community engaged collaborative approach involving patient stakeholders throughout the research process by directly engaging African Americans with diabetes to utilize their experience, knowledge and advice. This innovative study enhances peer support for medication adherence among African Americans with diabetes through face-to-face meetings and mobile phone/app technology.
This is one of five projects funded for 2019-2020, as an initiative overseen by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (OVCRGE). This OVCRGE initiative is backed by funding provided by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF).