RUSH University College of Nursing Assistant Professor Earns ITM Pilot Award

Award to Chuka Nestor Emezue, PhD, MPH, provides $60,000 in funding, resources to kick-start innovative research projects
Chuka Nestor Emezue, PhD, MPH, MPA, CHES

The Institute for Translational Medicine has awarded RUSH University College of Nursing Assistant Professor Chuka Nestor Emezue, PhD, MPH, funding for the summer 2023 round of Pilot Awards.  

The ITM, a collaboration between RUSH and other Chicago-area universities and health systems, launched the ITM Pilot Awards in 2017 as part of its mission to improve health care and support the development of new health approaches. The pilot awards support innovative research initiatives through funding, networking, communications and more. 

Emezue’s new funding from ITM will expand his work on technology-based violence interventions among diverse populations, especially young Black men.  

“This study will use a community-engaged approach to develop BrotherlyACT, a culturally congruent, multifaceted smartphone application to reduce the risk and effects of violence and substance use among low-income, young Black males, and to improve their access to community-based resources,” says Emezue. 

Emezue, an assistant professor in the Department of Women, Children and Family Nursing, is an expert researcher exploring technology-based violence prevention.  

In 2022, Emezue received both the Distinguished Quantitative Dissertations Award and the Health of Diverse Populations RIIG New Investigator Award Midwest Nursing Research Society. These honors recognize the outstanding doctoral work of those contributing to qualitative research and early career researchers who focus on diverse populations respectively. 

For Emezue, this award helps push his research further.  

“This award would help us continue to develop key sections of the BrotherlyACT intervention and would help us to get closer to pilot testing this intervention with young Black males in Chicago and other cities,” Emezue says.  

You can learn more about Emezue‘s pilot award project here. 

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