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Donald W. Helme is a Professor of Communication at the University of Kentucky in the College of Communication and Information. Over the past three decades, he has participated in funded projects receiving over $101 million grant dollars. He currently serves as the Primary Investigator on the HEALing Communities Campaign Evaluation Study funded National Institutes of Health and National Institute on Drug Abuse with the purpose of conducting a rigorous scientific evaluation of the health communication campaign promoting the HEALing Communities Study. Notably, Dr. Helme currently serves as a co-investigator on two additional grant-funded projects including the HEALing Communities Study funded by the National Institutes of Health and National Institute on Drug Abuse to implement and test evidence-based interventions to reduce opioid-related overdose and mortality by 40% in 16 Kentucky counties; and the Development and Pilot Randomized Control Trial of a Text Message Intervention to Facilitate Secure Storage and Disposal of Prescription Opioids to Prevent Diversion and Misuse, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Dr. Helme has been recognized not only for his success in securing federal funding to conduct high impact interdisciplinary social and behavioral health research in the areas of tobacco/drug use risk reduction, but also has been invited to present at conferences and for various organizations to discuss his expertise in recruiting participants from marginalized populations and the building strong, long-lasting community partnerships.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Univ Of Kentucky

2000

Master of Arts, Eastern Michigan University

1996

External positions

Adjunct Research Professor, Wake Forest School of Medicine

Aug 1 2008 → …

Keywords

  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine

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