Intervention research is a strength of our department. We carry out quantitative and qualitative research to identify ecological determinants of health and health behavior, then use this evidence to develop and implement interventions to create positive change. We leverage a solid theory-based scientific foundation that guides the design, implementation, and evaluation of interventions to maximize positive impacts and decrease inequities. Our approach, described above in the community engagement and participatory approaches section, results in strong partnerships that guide our intervention work and ensure its cultural appropriateness and relevance. Our students graduate with strong theoretical grounding and skills in intervention development and evaluation.
An essential question we ask in our work is: How can we integrate theory with culture to maximize an intervention’s reach and impact?
Here are some of the theory-based intervention projects our faculty are currently engaged in:
Promoting Culturally Appropriate Care for New Iowans
Understanding Midwakh Smoking among Youth in the Arab World
Understanding the Context and Determinants of E-Cigarette Use among University Undergraduate Students
Building a Bridge between clinical and community care
Family Caregiving in Iowa Communities
Evaluation of Medicaid Programs
Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network
Rural Restaurant Healthy Options Toolkit
Birth to Three Cavity Free Study
Building Capacity to Develop Gender-Based Violence Interventions in Peri-Urban India