American Lymphedema Framework Project Receives Sigma Theta Tau Award

Dr. Jane Armer and members of the American Lymphedema Framework Project (ALFP) steering committee were honored with the Research Dissemination Award at the Sigma Theta Tau International Biennial Convention October 29, 2017, in Indianapolis, Indiana. This award recognizes excellence in improving and disseminating evidence-based practice research.

The American Lymphedema Framework Project was founded in 2008 as the first invited national framework of the International Lymphedema Framework with the mission to improve management of lymphedema in the United States, while contributing to global international advancement. Through a continued partnership of patients, healthcare professionals, researchers, industry representatives, third-party payers, and advocates, the ALFP has established a leadership role in risk-reduction, treatment, education, and research of lymphedema management. ALFP teams published 10 systematic reviews examining levels of evidence for practice. Aggregation of clinical and research data through informatics infrastructures such as the ALFP minimum data set support development of practice-based evidence to guide lymphedema best practices. Innovations such as development and refinement of mobile devices for limb volume measurement and resource retrieval (“Look4LE”) promise to improve management for persons with and at risk of lymphedema. The ALFP has made a major contribution toward moving the lymphedema field forward.

For more information about ALFP, visit https://www.alfp.org/ or follow them on Facebook or twitter @ALFP_org.

PhD Students Receive Jonas Global Fellowships

PhD student Jennifer O’Connor was selected to receive an MU Jonas Global Fellowship, funded by Jonas Center for Nursing & Veterans Healthcare, which provides global health research experiences for graduate nursing students. Jennifer traveled to the Dominican Republic in October 2017 with Dr. Maithe Enriquez to conduct a study to determine the prevalence of foot health problems among immigrant Haitian sugarcane worker families. Jennifer’s project is believed to be the first to assess foot health in this extremely vulnerable population. Jennifer also assisted with Dr. Enriquez’ ongoing project to evaluate the effectiveness of a mobile hypertension screening and intervention model for sugarcane worker families in the bateyes of the Dominican Republic. Jennifer, an NINRHealth Behavior Science T32 fellow, is mentored by Deidre Wipke-Tevis, PhD, RN, Associate Professor and Nursing PhD Program Director.

PhD candidate Kimberly Hart, MSN, WHNP, was also awarded an MU Jonas Global Fellowship. Kimberly has an interest in global health and completed the graduate certificate in public health at MU. In October 2017, she traveled to the southeastern Dominican Republic with her mentor Dr. Maithe Enriquez to work on an ongoing Sinclair School of Nursing initiative that aims to protect vision health and reduce risk of cataracts among residents in four rural sugarcane villages. Kimberly also assisted with an ongoing four-year project that is examining the impact of a mobile hypertension screening and treatment model. SSON partners with the Light A Candle Foundation, Dominican Republic Medical Partnership and Jonas Center on the batey health projects.