Seed Grant Recipients 2019-2020

Lauren Hynicka, PharmD, BCPS (SOP) and Christopher D’Adamo, PhD (SOM) were awarded $15,000 for Development of an Interprofessional Culinary Health and Medicine Elective. The IPE project will bring together professional students from medicine, pharmacy, nursing, dentistry, and social work. It will provide comprehensive, evidence-based nutrition instruction followed by hands-on group cooking. The students will then eat what they have cooked together, allowing for the development of a greater appreciation across the disciplines. All culinary health and medicine sessions will include a practical focus on surmounting common barriers to healthy nutrition habit changes to enable better patient care. For instance, students will learn how to help their patients (and themselves) overcome barriers of limited time, financial resources, and taste barriers through strategies such as utilizing slow cookers, cooking in bulk, and replacing added sugar and sodium with flavorful spices and herbs. To round out the experience, students will have an opportunity to bring their nutrition knowledge into the West Baltimore community. Dr. D’Adamo has served as Principal Investigator on numerous published nutrition and cooking interventions in underserved Baltimore communities. This practical, hands on experience offered to the culinary health and medicine course will add to the breadth of patient care. To learn more, contact Dr. Hynicka at

Doris Titus-Glover, PhD, MSN (SON) received a $15,000 grant for Interprofessional Education Awareness (IDEA) for Maternal Opioid Use Disorder (OUD). The contributing faculty included Fadia Shaya, PhD, MPH (SOP), Christopher Welsh, MD (SOM), Jamie Swietlikowski, MS (SOM), Rebecca Wiseman, PhD, RN, MSN (SON), Kathleen Hoke, JD (SOL), Rebecca Vivrette, PhD (SOM), Katherine Fornili, DNP, MPH, RN, CARN, FIANN (SON) The Interprofessional Education (IPE) project will engage students, faculty and health professionals from the University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB) Schools of Pharmacy, Medicine, Nursing, and Law in innovative and stimulating learning opportunities to enhance knowledge of opioid treatment among pregnant and parenting women. OUD contributes to maternal/neonatal morbidity and mortality but is often challenging to treat. IPE IDEA will actively engage participants in an educational workshop guided by a curriculum that is informed by patients, experienced providers, subject matter experts and national recommendations to build core skills and learn interdisciplinary strategies to bridge treatment gaps. The overall aim of IPE IDEA is to build a sustainable workforce of health professionals who will apply integrated skills, knowledge and targeted interdisciplinary strategies to manage the care of pregnant women with OUD and ultimately promote healthy maternal and neonatal outcomes. To learn more, contact Dr. Titus-Glover at