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State of California's Tobacco Related Disease Research Program Approves i4Health Grant

Palo Alto University (PAU) is delighted to announce a research grant submitted by i4Health (the Institute for International Internet Interventions for Health) has been approved for funding by the State of California's Tobacco Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP).

Ricardo F. Muñoz, Ph.D., Professor of Clinical Psychology and Founding Director of i4Health, is the Principal Investigator on the grant. Only 10 grants will be approved by TRDRP in the Disparities, Cessation, and Neuroscience area this yea. Alinne Barrera, Ph.D., Eduardo Bunge, Ph.D., Robert Wickham, Ph.D., Laurel Koepernik and Jessica Lee also contributed their expertise and tireless efforts in securing the funding and especially Bill Froming, Ph.D., whose consistent and substantive support for i4Health was vital.

Grant: Using Technology to Help Low-Income and Latino Smokers Quit

The funding will begin on July 1, 2015 and run through until June 30, 2018. The total amount awarded is $543,400.

TRDRP highlighted several standout reasons for their decision to approve:

  • Reviewers expressed great enthusiasm for the project
  • Mentioned the extensive formative work conducted by Dr. Muñoz at UCSF on the Internet stop smoking program of research 
  • Impressed by the excellent scholarship of the team, with 20 publications based on their earlier TRDRP-funded work
  • Valued our focus on Latinos and other low-income primary care patients in San Francisco.

The grant benefits the global community in few ways:

  • Having the first research grant submission approved is proof of concept that i4Health at PAU can successfully obtain research funding to carry out its mission "to develop, evaluate, and disseminate digital health interventions worldwide at no charge for all who want to use them." If the first step on a long journey is the most important, then we are now well on our way to great things with i4Health at PAU.
  • This award will allow PAU to work alongside the San Francisco Health Network patient population in both Spanish and English.
  • The award provides research assistant stipends for two PAU students. 
  • The grant will also provide funding to begin formal collaboration with CBITS (the Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies) at Northwestern University, under the leadership of its Director, Professor David Mohr. 

Learn more about this grant and i4Health:
i4Health Website
Recent Coverage in the Huffington Post
Radio interview with Professor Muñoz on NPR's Latino USA

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