Two CEAR-funded pilot projects continue to make an impact

In 2021, Dr. Nadav Schwartz (Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology) received a CEAR Core Pilot Grant to study the feasibility of remote fetal monitoring for high-risk pregnancies. The team has gone on to receive an NICHD-funded R01 to further expand this research, which has the potential to improve access to care for underserved and disadvantaged women. Schwartz notes that the CEAR-funded work was instrumental in the planning and design of their larger trial. For more information, see their recently published Research Letter in American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.


Sara Jacoby, MPH, MSN, PhD (Associate Professor of Nursing) Sara Solomon, MPH (Penn Injury Science Center Deputy Director), and community-based organization ACHIEVEability. received a Community Driven Research Day grant in 2022. The team evaluated the implementation of the 60th Street Strong Coalition and developed data systems to assess the program’s initial impacts on gun violence and youth. The team has since received grants from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, PNC (Racial and Social Justice grant), the Eagles Foundation, and Wells Fargo to further their research efforts in minimizing gun violence impact on youth.

CDRD Pilot Grants at Penn are co-funded by CEAR Core of ITMAT and the Penn Center for Public Health.