Faculty Influence

Achievement & Recognition

Dr. Treah Haggerty Receives NIDA Funding for Study on Opioids

Drs. Treah Haggerty (Family Medicine) and Cara Sedney (Neurosurgery) received funding from the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA; 1R21DA049861) to study the effects of Senate Bill 273 on  opioid-prescribing practices in West Virginia. Working with the WV Board of Pharmacy, they will assess prescription data from 15 months prior to the law’s enactment in 2017 to 15 months after. They will track the number of opioid prescriptions and the number of pills in each prescription along with other data, and will also interview healthcare providers, pharmacists, and patients about how they have been personally effected by the change  in state policy. What they learn may help policymakers enact legislation to treat patient pain while preventing opioid dependence.

Community-Based Diabetes and Hypertension Self-Management

Dr. Ranjita Misra (School of Public Health) was funded on a planning grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI; R34HL141721) to test the feasibility and acceptability of a culturally-tailored, multimodal, 6-week modified Diabetes and Hypertension Self-Management Program that incorporates evidence-based key elements of diet, physical activity and medication adherence (with medication therapy management or MTM). Drs. Dana King and Charles Ponte are CoInvestigators on this important work that will ultimately benefit patients in West Virginia and beyond