Faculty Member Receives Neonatal Research Award

June 18, 2013

Columbia, Mo. — Assistant Professor Urmeka Jefferson received the Research Abstract Award from the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) Friday, Oct. 4, at the NANN’s 29th Annual Educational Conference in Nashville, Tenn. Jefferson’s research focuses on breastfeeding knowledge and intentions among blacks and the factors associated with infant feeding methods and impact on infant mortality.

Jefferson’s research abstract was titled, “Contribution of breastfeeding exposure and attitudes to breastfeeding intentions of black college students.” Research shows that black women breastfeed at much lower rates than white women although breastfeeding has been shown to decrease disease rates and mortality for infants. “Black infants may receive a substantial benefit from breastfeeding but are the least likely to receive any breast milk during early infancy,” Jefferson said. Jefferson’s study explored breastfeeding exposure, attitudes and intentions of black college students and found that exposure to breastfeeding, positive attitudes toward breastfeeding and higher educational status contributed to the prediction of breastfeeding intentions.