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Ellen A. Becker, Ph.D., RRT-NPS, AE-C Ellen A. Becker, Ph.D., RRT-NPS, RPFT, AE-C

Director, Brenda Pillors Asthma Education Program
Associate Professor, Respiratory Care
School of Health Professions
Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus
(718) 488-1540
ellen.becker@liu.edu


My research interests relate to education and caring for people with asthma. We completed a pilot project with the New York City’s Asthma Training Institute to develop a review course that prepares community health workers (CHWs) to take the asthma educator certification from the National Asthma Education Certification Board. There were 11 CHWs who completed the course, of which 8 took the exam. The four individuals who passed the exam yielded a 50% first-time pass rate. The national pass rate of 68% includes both licensed health care professionals and individuals with 1000 hours of asthma education experience. Funding was provided by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control: #1H75EH000375-01.

A needs assessment evaluating the asthma health literacy in the Brooklyn community was recently completed in collaboration with Dr. Anne Zahradnik. Data is currently being analyzed. Funding was provided by a New York State Worksite Wellness grant.

Hamid RahimHamid A. Rahim, PhD

Assistant Professor
Social and Administrative Sciences
Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Long Island University
718-780-4048
hamid.rahim@liu.edu


My current research interests are in the areas of delivery of interventions to patients with chronic conditions and improving adherence to treatment recommendations. To that end, I incorporate research components in my classes requiring students to develop health promotions programs to address identified health disparities among ethnic groups, stressing cultural competence to treat the changing landscape of today's patients while respecting western treatment practices. Currently, we are analyzing data examining factors that affect provider-patient relationships, like aggression, and patients' experiences coping with major diseases like obesity and asthma.

Bupendra Shah, Ph.D.    Bupendra Shah, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Social and Administrative Sciences
Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Long Island University
(718) 246-4593
bupendra.shah@liu.edu


My research interests pertain to developing educational programs that address patient and provider perspectives about managing chronic health conditions. I will be focusing on identifying asthmatic patients' beliefs, knowledge and attitudes towards asthma and asthma management, specifically focusing on complementary therapies used by people with asthma. We will be using the information obtained through a literature review and interviews with people who have asthma to develop an educational module for health professions’ students. This information also will be shared on our Web site as a resource for members of the public and for health care providers.

Elaine SarfatiElaine Sarfati, RN, MA

Adjunct Professor
Director, Harriet Rothkopf Heilbrunn B'32 Academic Nursing Center
School of Nursing
(718) 488-1281
elaine.sarfati@liu.edu


Community health nursing is my primary interest area. In addition to my work in the Heilbrunn B'32 Academic Nursing Center, I am recruiting members of faith communities to participate in the 'Not One More Life' (NOML) program. This program teaches individuals health literacy related to asthma and includes screening for breathing symptoms, a breathing test, and evaluation by a physician. We will be evaluating how the NOML events affect communication with physicians, frequency of asthma symptoms, and frequency of emergency department use and hospitalizations for treatment of asthma.

Frances E. IacobellisFrances E. Iacobellis, BS, MS, RN

Assistant Professor of Nursing
School of Nursing
718-780-4537
frances.iacabellis@liu.edu  


My research interests include interdisciplinary teamwork and pediatric nursing. I have collaborated on service learning asthma projects that includes nursing, pharmacy, and respiratory care students.

Publications and Presentations

Publications:
Zahradnik, A. (In press). Asthma education information source preferences and their relationship to asthma knowledge. Journal of Health and Human Services Administration.

Publications under review:
Rahim H, Shah BK, Becker EA, Crooks A, Caraballo M, Iacobellis F, & Jariwala J. Allied health profession students’ attitude towards patient role in treatment decision-making. Submitted to the Journal of Allied Health in September 2010.

Rahim H, Shah BK, Becker EA, Caraballo M, Mehta R. Does a student as researchers activity improve pharmacy students’ attitudes toward patient involvement in treatment decision-making? Submitted to Current in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning in October 2010.

Presentations:
Rahim H, Shah BK, Becker EA, Crooks A, Caraballo M, Iacobellis F, & Jariwala J. Allied health profession students’ attitude towards patient role in treatment decision-making. International Pharmaceutical Federation. Lisbon, Portugal, August 30, 2010.

Rahim H, Shah BK, Becker EA, Caraballo M, Mehta R. Does a "student as researchers" activity improve pharmacy students’ attitudes toward patient involvement in treatment decision-making? International Pharmaceutical Federation. Lisbon,Portugal, August 30, 2010.

Caraballo M, Becker EA, Shah BK, Rahim H. An experiential learning activity: Changing students’ attitudes toward patient involvement in decision-making. American Association for Respiratory Care Summer Forum. Marco Island, FL, July 17, 2010.