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Mumba Awarded NIH Grant to Aid in Reversal of Opioid Crisis

Mercy Mumba: Assistant ProfessorDr. Mercy Mumba, Assistant Professor at the Capstone College of Nursing, and her team have received notice of an award from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) at the NIH for their proposal entitled “A Mindfulness and Peer Mentoring Program to Improve Adherence to Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders.”

This five-year project, funded through The Helping to End Addiction Long-Term (HEAL) Initiative, is the only one funded from the state of Alabama. The trans-NIH research effort aims to improve treatments for chronic pain, curb the rates of opioid use disorder (OUD) and overdose and achieve long-term recovery from opioid addiction.  Phase 1 of the project (R61 phase) is a two-year pilot study to test the feasibility and acceptability of this intervention, and phase 2 (R33 phase) is a three-year clinical trial. The approved budget for Phase 1 is $783,788, and the total budget for the five-year project is $2,793,879. The release of funds for Phase 2 will be contingent upon successful completion of Phase 1. The funded project is summarized below.

There is evidence that combining mindfulness-based interventions and peer recovery support services with medication-assisted therapy (MAT) to treat opioid use disorders (OUD) reduces substance use, cravings, symptoms of depression and anxiety and relapse rates. The intervention can also improve treatment retention and relationships with treatment providers and social supports. The goal of the present study is to determine the effectiveness of a mindfulness-based intervention that also uses peer mentors in addition to professional substance abuse therapists (the Minds and Mentors program [MiMP]) in improving adherence to MAT for OUD and reducing relapse rates in a sample of individuals with OUD. The study hypothesizes that participants in MiMP will demonstrate better adherence; reduced relapse and cravings (primary outcomes measures); reduced depression, anxiety, and stress; improved social support; and reduced cortisol levels and reactivity to drug cues.

Dr. Mumba is the principal investigator and program director. Her co-investigators include Drs. Andrea Glenn (Psychology), George Mugoya (Educational Counseling), Rebecca Allen (Psychology), David Albright (Social Work), Lori Davis (Tuscaloosa VAMC), Joshua Richman (Tuscaloosa VAMC) and Ms. Austin Butler (Alabama Community Care).

This award is one of 375 grant awards across 41 states made by the National Institutes of Health in fiscal year 2019 to apply scientific solutions to reverse the national opioid crisis.

Research reported in this publication was supported by the National Center for Complementary & Integrative Health of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R61AT010802. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

CCN’s Online MSN Program Ranked #12 by US News & World Report

The Capstone College of Nursing is pleased to announce it is ranked #12 on the list of Online Master’s in Nursing programs by U.S News & World Report! The Best Online MSN Program rankings were decided based on five categories: engagement, faculty credentials and training, expert opinion, student excellence and services and technologies.

Learn more about our MSN programs here.

Read the Best Online Programs Methodology here.

 

CCN Alumni Homecoming Tailgate

Two female students on a homecoming float

Dean Suzanne Prevost and the Capstone College of Nursing Alumni Association invite you to CCN’s Homecoming Tailgate on the Quad! Join fellow alumni, friends, faculty and staff at Tents 109 & 110 on the Quad for a complimentary pregame buffet!

Please RSVP to Rosemary Russell with your name and the total number of guests attending with you. Roll Tide!

Capstone College of Nursing Homecoming Tailgate
October 26, 2019
Tents 109 & 110 on The Quad
2 Hours Prior to Kickoff

For more information, contact Rosemary Russell: rurussell@ua.edu or (205) 348-7429.

 

Map of the Quad for Homecoming 2019:

Map of the Quad - Homecoming 2019 setup

UA and UAH introduce state’s first joint Nursing Science Ph.D. program

The University of Alabama (UA) Capstone College of Nursing and The University of Alabama in Huntsville’s (UAH) College of Nursing are pleased to announce a new Nursing Science Ph.D. program. The program will be the first online Nursing Science Ph.D. program in the state of Alabama, and classes will begin summer 2019.

“This joint online program will provide a very flexible and student-friendly option for nurses who want to move into teaching, research, or senior administrative positions. Most nurses who return to graduate school carry a challenging load of responsibilities, including working as a nurse, caring for their families, and going to school. It’s not surprising that online programs are the preferred method for many graduate-level nursing students,” says Dean Suzanne Prevost from UA Capstone College of Nursing.

The program will have the support and resources of UA and UAH, which both have outstanding nursing education programs, high-impact research, and comprehensive student support services. Both Colleges of Nursing received distinction as Centers of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing during the past year. The joint program will increase both institutions’ graduate-level programming and enrollment, while contributing to healthcare delivery and research productivity for the state of Alabama and the nation.

The flexibility of online learning will appeal to nurses throughout the country, who will be prepared upon graduation to educate the next generation of nurses and conduct research that targets rural and medically underserved populations. Graduates will also enjoy an employment advantage in the midst of the national shortage of nursing faculty and nurse researchers.

In addition to nursing research and theory courses, the program will cover a range of topics, such as ethical and legal issues, healthcare policy, epidemiology, statistics, genomics, teaching strategies, informatics, and healthcare technology.

“The UAH College of Nursing is very excited to be partnering with the UA Capstone College of Nursing to deliver a much-needed, high-quality online nursing science Ph.D. program,” says Dr. Marsha Howell Adams, dean of the UAH College of Nursing. “Only 23 percent of the 125 nursing Ph.D. programs in the U.S. are fully online. This program will meet the preferences and needs of a target population focused on an asynchronous delivery model.”

For more information or admission requirements, please contact Vickie Samuel (vsamuel@ua.edu) or Charles Davis (Charles.davis@uah.edu).