Lynn Clark Callister, PhD, RN, FAAN
It is a privilege and an honor to be the recipient of a 2010 AWHONN Research Grant to fund our research on help seeking behaviors in Hispanic immigrant women with symptoms of postpartum depression. This grant has enabled our research team not only with the opportunity to conduct the research, but also the opportunity to create educational material on symptoms of postpartum depression and community resources available to get help, which will be printed in Spanish and made available to postpartum Hispanic women in community clinics in Utah. Our next step is to design an intervention for these vulnerable women to overcoming barriers to seeking help. The findings from our study were presented at the AWHONN National Convention in Denver, Colorado in June 2011. The findings have also been published in the 2011 July/August issue of the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing.
The staff of the AWHONN Research Office have been very helpful and supportive throughout the process of application, conduct of the research, and accountability for the grant. Their professional conduct, positive reinforcement, and encouragement have made our work possible.
Denise Côté-Arsenault, PhD, RNC, FNAP
"The receipt of a small research grant from AWHONN legitimized my research on supporting women pregnant after Perinatal loss, and contributed funds for a pilot study of a home visitation intervention. In an era where research funds are dwindling and increasingly competitive my grant specifically allowed me to do follow-up interviews with the women who received the intervention. I am most grateful for AWHONN's commitment to the health of women and infants through continued research."
Robin B. Knobel, PhD, RN
The 2009 March of Dimes/AWHONN "Saving Babies, Together" Award allowed me to complete pilot work in the study of body temperature control in premature infants during their first week of life. The grant funding provided me with a good start in this study and was instrumental in obtaining subsequent funding from the National Institute of Health, National Institute of Nursing Research and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars Award to complete the three year study.
Antonia Rae Torrey, PhD, RN
I am the grateful recipient of the 2010 AWHONN Novice Researcher Award. This grant was enormously helpful in several ways. First, I found the application process itself extremely beneficial. Development of my research budget required precise forecasting of the expenses that would be generated by conduction of my study. This undertaking compelled me to clarify and specify the manner and timeline in which my study would eventually occur and fostered my preparation for the actual data collection phase. I also appreciated having the opportunity to attend the AWHONN convention when formally receiving my grant; it was exhilarating and inspiring to be surrounded by so many nurse scholars.
The design of my study was relatively costly, requiring a significant number of research personnel to function in key roles. The funds that I received from this grant enabled me to conduct my research thoughtfully, efficiently, and systematically. The acknowledgement of my work inherent in receipt of this grant has meant a great deal to me and is a welcome obligation that motivates and sustains my forward progress as a nurse scientist.