Emory School of Nursing Assistant Professor, Dr. Rasheeta Chandler, Receives Grant for In-the-kNOW

Aug. 10, 2021

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Emory School of Nursing Assistant Professor, Dr. Rasheeta Chandler, Receives Grant for In-the-kNOW (Novel approaches to Optimizing Women’s Health): A mobile application to optimize HIV prevention and sexual/reproductive health communication among Black women in the Southern U.S.

The NIH National Institute of Health (NIH) has awarded a grant for In-the-kNOW (Novel approaches to Optimizing Women’s Health): A mobile application to optimize HIV prevention and sexual/reproductive health communication among Black women in the Southern U.S to Rasheeta Chandler, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, an assistant professor with Emory University's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. The R34 grant provides funding for three years of $744,264.00 towards the refinement of a HIV prevention and optimal sexual/reproductive mobile health app and a pilot test of it with Black women, examining acceptability, feasibility and usability of the app.

Black women have the second highest rate of all new HIV infections in the U.S. after men who have sex with men, and they account for 69% of all HIV diagnoses among women in the South (e.g., Georgia). The R34 grant award gives Dr. Chandler the opportunity to refine and test the in-the-kNOW App, specifically designed for PrEP-eligible Black women.

This award will bring together a multidisciplinary research team with faculty from Emory SON, Morehouse School of Medicine, Georgia Tech, and Community Partners (Center for Black Women’s Wellness) with rich expertise in the behavioral and psychosocial aspects of optimizing Black Women’s sexual, reproductive and maternal health outcomes, employing community participatory research among marginalized populations, and intervention implementation using culturally and contextually relevant digital content and engagements to successfully carry out the aims of this research.

Rasheeta Chandler, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN is an Assistant Professor, tenure track, at Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. Her research interests include HIV prevention in minority populations and comprehensive sex health promotion, supported by funding from the National Institute on Nursing Research. Through a series of pioneering studies, Dr. Chandler has addressed the sexual health interventions for a significant population—young Black women. Dr. Chandler’s steady and persistent science has generated new knowledge and clinically relevant strategies for improving health education with this group by incorporating social media and digital technologies into the health education process. Dr. Chandler is also recognized as an expert clinician by being inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP).

For more information on Dr. Rasheeta Chandler, visit her faculty profile. To learn more about the R34 Research Project grant, visit the National Institute of Health website.