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First Step Project Archive

2013-2014

Project Title Brief Overview/Goal Student Name
Baby WREX Develop a low profile wearable exoskeleton to help infants with upper body motor function disabilities. Solve shortcomings in existing product by creating a specialty device. Michael Olaya, John Koshy
Biocompatible Therapy To create specialized devices (starting with a wrist machine) for each joint in an effort to promote efficient injury recovery, and to bridge shortcomings in traditional, weight-based physical therapy/rehabilitation techniques. Ryan Locke, Kyle Davis
Can pediatric student nurses educated with basic child life skills improve pediatric patient experience in hospitals? Based on experience, questionnaires and interviews, create a method of teaching pediatric nurses a way to improve pediatric care and provide an atraumatic experience. Includes kit for helping children cope and parents interact positively. Kathryn Shady
Chest Compression Simulation System To create a safe and affordable chest compression simulation system that actors can wear for nursing students' practical use in CPR. Samantha Greeley, Benjamin Henry, Paul Ojewoye, Lindsay Scheetz, Bryce Sheppard
Community Paramedicine Find a feasible way to cut down on unnecessary transport and costs by researching community paramedicine. Will draft a proposal for how their EMS squad on campus could provide home-based services to community members not in crisis. Pat Lombardi, Taylor Kolle
Connections - College Students Helping the Elderly Age in Place Create a program similar to Lori's Hands to assist the elderly age in place. Use connections at universities across DE to institute service learning courses to teach students about the elderly. Work with Dr. Rempusheski to research and develop a plan to advocate for the geriatric population. Alexa Rivadeneira
Designing an Approach to Antidepressants Create polls for physicians, therapists, and psychiatrists to find out how they decide a patient needs antidepressants - as well as find out who each health worker feels should be the link that prescribes the medication, and if they create a regular plan for patient follow-ups.. Will work with university professors in health fields and determine best course to evaluate and create a more uniform approach to prescribing antidepressants, and show why these drugs need to be more closely regulated and evaluated. Pranita Muralidhar, Jenna Coluccio
Junk Kills A photographic campaign that visually depicts the dangers of unhealthy eating through symbolic shock imagery. Marta Shakhazizian
KID FIT Determine if a movement education program, called KID FIT, will have an impact on factors that affect early childhood obesity levels. Will work with the Newark Day Nursery weekly to see if KID FIT affects physical activity and motor skill proficiency. Devon Aleszczyk, Alexander Fettner
NomsAway To do in depth market research to verify initial findings and find potential customers to use a multifaceted, nutritional tracking applications. The app has been adapted (based on feedback) to be more flexible, save profiles, monitor nutritional intake both at home and out, and allow users to look at menus and pay for items through the app. The concept is now a business model. Kevin Chang, Mitali Desai, Anne Sanger
Preconception Peer Education Work hand in hand with the Delaware Heath Infant Mother Consortium to produce a video clip to educate Delawareans on the importance of preconception care. Will also work with preconception peer educators on campus to share research and knowledge. Emma Myers
QuadCrew: Adaptive Rowing for the Disabled While adaptive scull-style rowing is a Paralympic sport recognizing internationally, the existing adaptive technology caters to users who, at minimum, have arm and shoulder function. No adaptive technology exists for quadriplegic participants, for sweep-style rowing or for the use of a sliding rowing seat. The goal of this project is to develop an inclusive adaptive system that allows persons with severe physical disabilities to row on the water in a standard sweep-style boat as a part of a 4-8 person team. Sarah Masters, Robert Bryant, Candace Galentine, Matthew Imm, Sarah Masters, Molly Wessel
SFH: FEmpower To develop materials that could utilized for sustainable teaching at the community level, that focus on not only creating opportunities for non-working women to learn real-life trade skills but also for Haitian women to learn about personal well-being with a modern focus. Will work with Students for Haiti, as well as UD faculty. Jae Yoo, Emily Zhang, Sarah Mottram
The Lightcap Lifestyle Began as a different approach to health/behavior change through developing a healthy lifestyle - focus on positivity, acceptance and reinforcement. Turned from just advocacy into an entrepreneurship with coaching opportunities, webpage, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. Collaborating with dieticians and using questionnaires to gauge effectiveness. Hannah Lightcap
The Monkey See, Monkey Do Campaign To create more educated parents and help fight childhood obesity. Will create banners, flyers and posters, as well as info/recipe booklets in front of participating grocery stores. Will monitor by feedback. Lindsey Root
Wearable Tracheostomy Overlay for Simulated Patient Use To develop a working prototype of a tracheostomy overlay for simulated patient use adhering to both actor and nursing students' needs. Brad Biggs, Devon Bond, Nick Campagnola, Ed Doll, Nate Hott
What's My Grade? Lack of nutritional knowledge creates void in health by creating an uneducated consumer who might not understand good food choices versus bad. Product marketing targets those in lower economic brackets - so by creating a grading system, people would have the chance to make more informed decisions about their health. Will research through questionnaires and experimenting with stickers on foods in resident halls, then evaluating the success on the small scale before taking it further into the public. Lizzie DeLacy


2012 - 2013

Planting Herbs in a Food Desert

Planting Herbs in a Food Desert

Hollowell

STUDENT(S)
Chelsea Hollowell

PROJECT
The Cheyenne River Sioux suffer extreme povrety and struggle with alcoholism, suicide and diabetes. This (in part) stems from lack of nearby resources or knowledge to spend wisely.

GOAL
For residents of the Cheyenne reservation to be able to lose weight and control diabetes by following healthier diet regimens and using herbs as seasoning instead of salt.

SOLUTION IN BRIEF
Classes useless without fresh food, so teach healthy techniques, produce preservation, and help cultivate herb gardens. Demonstrate 3 recipes, step by step methods of canning, ultimately phase out store bought canned goods (salt content contributes to ill health). Evaluate progress yearly.

"Play With Your Food:" An Interactive Approach to Bridging the Nutritional Information Gap in Children

"Play With Your Food:" An Interactive Approach to Bridging the Nutritional Information Gap in Children

STUDENT(S)
Ariana Haidari, Dana Sivak

PROJECT
Childhood obesity and associated diseases run rampant. Educating adults is not enough to combat the problem.

GOAL
Educate elementary school students about the importance of proper nutrition. Shift focus from "weight" to planning healthy, balanced meals. Empower the youth, and they will change.

SOLUTION IN BRIEF
Focus on portion size and control, balanced meals, snack options, importance of different nutrients. Different levels of education (through puzzles and coloring books to computer games) available to each tier (comprised of a few gradel levels each). Visit schools, talk to administrators, help implement program.

Multidisciplinary Approach to Food Security in Haiti

Multidisciplinary Approach to Food Security in Haiti

STUDENT(S)
Allison Morris, Jaewoong Yoo, Daniel Reyes, Jacob Joseph

PROJECT
Food insecurity in Haiti, namely the problem of maternal and child health malnutrition in Fond des Blanc, Haiti. Food surplus from the US created a dependence, but left the real problem unaddressed.

GOAL
Develop a plan in conjunction with Udel faculty members, Haiti community leaders to combat food insecurity.

SOLUTION IN BRIEF
The Students for Haiti would like to develop a model and provide Haitians with the education, skills, and tools necessary to allow self-sufficiency over the long term. Use malnutrition screenings to monitor impact of model.

Helping Students Lead Healthier Lives: UDiet

Helping Students Lead Healthier Lives: UDiet

STUDENT(S)
Kevin Chang, Mitali Desai, Annie Sanger

PROJECT
College students' unhealthy consumption patterns.

GOAL
Make college students aware of current food choices. With knowledge at fingertips specialized for this campus, students will see health values in food choices.

SOLUTION IN BRIEF
Create an app for Android that will track the food available on campus, providing insight that could provoke change.

Online Resource Center for Pregnant and Parenting Teens in Delaware

Online Resource Center for Pregnant and Parenting Teens in Delaware

STUDENT(S)
Kelsey Bristow

PROJECT
Teenaged pregnancy on the rise, and not enough good, comprehensive material online in user-friendly formats. (Too much misinformation)

GOAL
Bring the information to the pregnant teens/students that need it, make information straight forward and easy to understand, make it mobile friendly - and make it a "page 1" on search engines.

SOLUTION IN BRIEF
Website that aggregates information on programs and services offered to pregnant and parenting h.s./college students in DE - mobile friendly. Make information easily visible (first clicks).

Bringing Life Back Into the Food Desert

Bringing Life Back Into the Food Desert

Food Desert

STUDENT(S)
Celeste Richards

PROJECT
"Food deserts" exist in America, namely in urban areas. Many racial groups are disproportionately affected by obesity. Access to affordable and nutritious food is difficult.

GOAL
Make a dent in the problem by researching it and bringing attention to it, in a paper called "Bringing Life Back into the Food Desert."

SOLUTION IN BRIEF
Research, raise awareness, team up with major companies, contact state reps, map and ID food deserts, interview grocery store owners and see how they could be convinced to build stores in urban areas, get donations, create a Facebook account with each "like" equalling a dollar.

YOUTUBE

Junk Kills

Junk Kills

Junk Kills

STUDENT(S)
Marta Shakhazizian

PROJECT
Obesity in kids and adolescents,with junk food and soda acting as the new beer and cigarettes.

GOAL
Show people the harmful effects instead of telling them. Imagery and propaganda used to combat current commercial ads glorifying junk foods.

SOLUTION IN BRIEF
Create and post posters with "Junk Kills" - use imagery to change thinking patterns and habits. Negative association with junk food should help many overcome junk food addiction.

FACEBOOK
POWERPOINT PRESENTATION

Biomedical Engineering Physical Therapy

Biomedical Engineering Physical Therapy

STUDENT(S)
Ryan Locke

PROJECT
Physical therapy doesn't use enough innovative, computerized/technologically advanced equipment which leaves too much room for human error.

GOAL
Develop standardized machines to cut back on time consumption and have 0% error.

SOLUTION IN BRIEF
Create specialized devices/robotics for each joint in the body. Visit athletic trainer, interview injured students, visit professors.

Improving the Delivery of Patient Critical Laboratory Results to Physicians

Improving the Delivery of Patient Critical Laboratory Results to Physicians

STUDENT(S)
Angelica Montes, Michelle Francis

PROJECT
Lab results don't always make it to the physician in a timely manner. It goes through a number of hands, and sometimes this jeopardizes the patient's health.

GOAL
Develop a standard operating procedure to facilitate timely delivery of critical laboratory test results to improve patient care/outcomes.

SOLUTION IN BRIEF
Use BCBS physician list and mail a survey and request for each office's procedure on lab test results to physicians (include self addressed, stamped envelope). Get the results of the survey and incorporate it into building an SOP for all physicians.

The FitTen Program

The FitTen Program

STUDENT(S)
Stephen Donald

PROJECT
Childhood obesity an overwhelming problem, but working with adults/parents has yet to solve it.

GOAL
Increase youth awareness of fitness importance, increase daily physical activity, increase frequency of healthy food choices, reduce prevalence of child obesity and associated diseases.

SOLUTION IN BRIEF
Create the "FitTen" program - a fitness intervention made up of 10 principals based on belief that finding what motivates the child will best combat obesity - not programs designed by scientists and researches. Two phases - needs assessment survey, and intervention phase.


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