NIH Funds Research Center

NIH is providing grant funding for the new research center “Promoting Resilience in Persons with Multiple Chronic Conditions” or called “PROMOTE” at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) Researchers will study how to best manage and support patients with multiple chronic conditions, and examine other factors such as social determinants of health plus how to effectively provide community-driven care.

The Center will lead the shift from disease-specific models of care to person-centered community-focused methods addressing family caregivers’ perspectives, poverty, housing, access to food, or living with traumatic life events.

“Since two out of three adults in the U.S experience multiple chronic conditions, the need for relevant research and scalable programs is urgent,” reports Sarah L. Szanton, PhD, Center Director and JHSON endowed professor for health equity and social justice. The center will prepare clinician-researchers to design compelling solutions that are relevant to the home, family, and social and financial ecosystems.

PROMOTE will use a framework that emphasizes health resilience and recovery rather than treatment for individual diseases and the influencing factors that might help individuals overcome health challenges.

A partnership with the Center for Social Design at the Maryland Institute College of Art will help researchers use human-centered design which entails receiving feedback from patients and caregivers to better develop and test ideas. In addition, policy groups, foundations, and industry as well as people living with multiple chronic conditions will be contacted to provide feedback.

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