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Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Announces Discovery and Innovation Fund Recipients


The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing has awarded 11 grants to faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and pre-doctoral students through the newly launched Discovery and Innovation Fund. The grants were made possible through gifts from Natalie and Wes Bush, Karen Combs, and a bequest from Gertrude R. Bengston in order to further the impact of discovery and innovation in nursing and health care.

“We are excited for a new opportunity to support innovative research across so many specialties, and we are especially grateful to the donors who created this opportunity for us,” says Cheryl Dennison Himmelfarb, PHD, RN, vice dean for research.

The 2021 recipients and their projects include:

  • Bunmi Ogungbe—Cardiovascular Determinants and Consequences of COVID-19

  • Chun-An Sun—Patient Engagement in Diabetes Care: Appointment Keeping with In-Person and Tele-Health Visits Among Adults with Type 2 Diabetes

  • Clifton Thornton—Psychosocial and Biological Predictors of Mucositis in Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer

  • Deborah Wilson—Adapting and Implementing an Indigenous informed intervention to reduce stress and promote wellbeing and resilience in Tribal Head Start Teachers, Fort Peck reservation, Montana

  • Kathryn Taylor—Contextual Predictors of Hospitalization and Quality of Life among Patients on Hemodialysis

  • Katie Nelson—Exploring End-of-Life Care: Access and Perspectives among the A’aninin and Nakoda Tribes

  • Mengchi Li—Efficacy of mAPA Phone APP tailored to Older Adults to Manage Chronic Low Back Pain: A Pilot Study

  • Wenyi Chen—Adverse and Positive Childhood Experiences and General Health in Asian American Young Adults

  • Yvonne Commodore-Mensah—Telehealth Self-Measured Blood Pressure Monitoring with Co-Interventions to Reduce Disparities in Blood Pressure Control (Tele-SMARTBP Program): Pilot Study

  • Rebecca Wright—Reimagining Interdisciplinary Team to Address Health Disparities in Palliative Care

  • Shawna Mudd—Pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP) practice- is it time to prepare all PNPs for dual certification in primary and acute care?

JHSON prioritizes advancement of research and its implementation and is ranked No. 1 among schools of nursing for total funding received from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for fiscal year 2020.

The Discovery and Innovation Fund grants will be made available annually. Visit https://nursing.jhu.edu/faculty_research/research/osi/discovery-innovation-fund.html for more information.


Located in Baltimore, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is a globally-recognized leader in nursing education, research, and practice. In U.S. News & World Report rankings, the school is No. 1 nationally for its master’s programs, and No. 2 for DNP programs and its online MSN Healthcare Organizational Leadership options. JHSON is ranked No. 1 for total NIH funding among schools of nursing for fiscal year 2020. In addition, the school is ranked by QS World University as the No. 3 nursing school in the world, No.1 by College Choice for its master’s program, and No. 1 by NursingSchoolHub.com for its DNP program. For more information, visit www.nursing.jhu.edu.

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