Assistant Professor Sunny G. Hallowell, PhD, PPCNP-BC, IBCLC is leading one of the ten projects selected to participate in the 2016 Nursing & Community Health Social Innovations Lab http://www.socialinnovationslab.org sponsored by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, supported by the National Nursing Centers Consortium and in partnership with The University of Pennsylvania, Education-Plus, Inc. Selection was based on a competitive application process where the most innovative community health ideas with the greatest potential to address healthcare gaps in the Philadelphia region were chosen. Fellowships garnering national and regional recognition were awarded to ten teams who will participate in the 2016 Spring Social Innovations Lab Cohort. The Lab will ‘prepare nurses, nursing students and future nurse leaders in developing healthcare related innovations and business models to effect change in communities, clinical settings, and beyond’, according to the website.
Dr. Hallowell’s recent research highlights the role of nurses in providing lactation support in the hospital setting. The project aims to bridge the family experience from the hospital to home using a mobile application to provide a telehealth intervention focused on postpartum lactation support. Using a community based participatory research model the project hopes to partner with community members to design both an interdisciplinary educational intervention and develop a mobile application to provide consistent, evidence-based messaging regarding lactation in the postpartum period. The project hopes to also partner with lactation consultants, physicians and other care workers in the community.