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Interdisciplinary Projects

The Women's Health Integrative Research (WHIR) Center is committed to giving students and faculty an inter-professional research experience.  Students and faculty from multiple disciplines work collaboratively to address modern-day challenges in healthy living. Research at the WHIR Center involves mentorship from senior research experts and teamwork between students and faculty from a variety of health-related disciplines.  To find out more about our faculty and current research studies, please visit the People page and Projects page.

Prevention of falls in community-dwelling elders is a primary focus of the WHIR Center's research agenda.  Falling, or fear of falling, can be a critical constraint on the independence and vital activities of older individuals.  Falls are the leading cause of injury and hospitalization in older adults (National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, 2008), leading to heavy costs for the U.S healthcare system. These figures are expected to grow substantially each year. As a national priority, research is needed to decrease the number of falls, and in turn, decrease the associated healthcare costs.  Falls are a preventable condition, and are most effectively addressed through multi-pronged interventions.  At the Women's Health Integrative Research Center, we are working to solve the timely issue of falls prevention through inter-professional interventions that involve St Kate's faculty, students, and external partner collaborations.  To find out more, email whir@stkate.edu