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Wellness: Promoting Health and Preventing Illness

In focusing on wellness, nursing science promotes health and prevents illness across health conditions, settings, the lifespan, and in minority and underserved populations. This science area relates to: understanding the physical, behavioral, and environmental causes of illness; assesses behaviors that lead to healthy lifestyle choices; and develops evidence-based interventions to promote wellness.

Science advances from NINR-sponsored wellness research include:

  • Implementation of a statewide, standardized infection prevention initiative reduced rates of catheter-associated urinary tract infections by 25%. View PubMed Abstract
  • A skill-building program improved parenting skills in ethnically diverse urban families leading to more positive parenting, improved self-efficacy, and fewer behavioral problems in children. View PubMed Abstract
  • A noninvasive thermal imaging technique to monitor body temperature in low birth weight and premature infants could be used to detect and prevent a potentially fatal infection. View PubMed Abstract

    A monitoring system to track progress of labor could reduce birth complications for mothers and infants, reduce unnecessary chemical labor inductions and Caesarean sections for normal, low-risk births. View PubMed Abstract

Selected Funding Opportunities

  • PA-11-258 and PA-11-259: Pregnancy in Women with Disabilities (R01 and R21). Open July 9, 2011-September 8, 2014
  • PA-12-061: Maternal Nutrition and Pre-pregnancy Obesity: Effects on Mothers, Infants, and Children (R01 and R21). Open January 5, 2012-January 8, 2015
  • PA-12-153: Research to Action: Assessing and Addressing Community Exposures to Environmental Contaminants (R01). Open May 5, 2012-September 8, 2015
  • PA-13-209 and PA-13-212: Innovative Measurement Tools for Community Engaged Research Efforts (R01 and R21). Open September 5, 2013-September 8, 2014

Please see the NINR Funding Opportunities page for a complete list of NINR co-sponsored funding opportunities.

NINR Contacts

NINR's Extramural Programs contacts in Wellness are:

Rebekah Rasooly, PhD
Team Lead, Wellness; Technology and Training


For more information on wellness, visit the following pages:

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