Through the MPOWER Initiative we aim to bring together a broad research community, link the CGIS and Research HARBOR environments, support research proposal development and train interdisciplinary scientists to develop new and strengthen existing collaborations between faculty at UMCP and UMB. A primary goal of the project is to build a robust collaborative community to capitalize on the complementary strengths of researchers at both units to advance geospatial health science and applications at the national and international arena. The dual focus of most UMB faculty on both research and patient care or field work prompts the need for both the research and application development agenda of the project.  While the on-going activities have already demonstrated the potential for attracting external funding from government and charitable organizations, we expect that potential will grow exponentially as new research avenues, which include Big Data mining, geospatial modeling, and application development are launched.  UMB’s focus on clinical practice, public health, nursing, pharmacy, disease prevention, and responsiveness to the needs of the local community and the population in the State of Maryland paves the way for development of applications directly benefitting the health and well-being of Maryland’s population.   Finally, interdisciplinary research approaches will be supported through a cross-training program for students, faculty and health care professionals.  We will continue our efforts to involve graduate students from both programs in research as well as expand other educational opportunities.

Participating Units

Lead Units:

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (UMCP)

           Department of Geographical Sciences

                     Michael Humber, M.S. Biography - Expertise

                     Christopher Justice, Ph.D. Biography

                     Tatiana Loboda, Ph.D. Biography - Expertise

                     Jack (Jianguo) Ma, Ph.D. Biography - Expertise

                     Demian Rybock, GISP Biography - Expertise

                     Naijun Zhou, Ph.D. Biography - Expertise

           Center for Geospatial Information Science

                     Kathleen Stewart, Ph.D. Biography - Expertise

School of Nursing (UMB)

            Department of Family and Community Health

                      Robyn Gilden, Ph.D., R.N. Biography - Expertise

                      Jennifer Jarin, M.S., R.N. Biography - Expertise

                      Patricia McLaine, Dr.Ph., M.P.H., R.N. Biography - Expertise

                      Marik Moen, M.P.H., M.S.N., R.N. Biography - Expertise

                      Gina C. Rowe, Ph.D., D.N.P., M.P.H., FNP-BC, PHCNS-BC, C.N.E. Biography - Expertise

Participating Units:

School of Medicine (UMB)

           Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute: Research HARBOR

                       Nicholas H. Schluterman, Ph.D. Biography - Expertise

           Center for Vaccine Development

           Department of Epidemiology and Public Health

                       Clement Adebamowo, B.M., Ch.B., Sc.D., FWACS, FACS Biography - Expertise

                       Man Charurat, Ph.D., M.S. Biography - Expertise

                       Erin Hager, Ph.D. Biography - Expertise

                       Laura L. Hungerford, D.V.M., M.P.H., Ph.D. Biography - Expertise

                       Christopher Plowe, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.S.T.M.H. Biography - Expertise

           Department of Emergency Medicine

           Department of Microbiology and Immunology

                        Colleen A. Burge, Ph.D. Biography - Expertise

           Shock, Trauma and Anesthesiology Research Organized Research Center

                       Gordon S. Smith, M.B., Ch.B., M.P.H. Biography - Expertise  

School of Social Work (UMB)

           Center for Community Engagement

           Social Work Community Outreach Service

School of Pharmacy (UMB)

                       Linda Simoni-Wastila, B.S. Pharm, M.S.P.H., Ph.D. Biography - Expertise

School of Public Health (UMCP)

                       Robin Puett, Ph.D., M.P.H. Biography - Expertise

Center for Community Based Engagement and Learning (UMB)

                      Jane Lipscomb, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N. Biography - Expertise

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