Questions; unmasked and unanswered in the field of congenital heart disease (CHD), those affected by the disease are left with vital uncertainties throughout their lives.

Always working to equip the brightest researchers to fight CHD, the Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA) is looking towards the future by introducing six annual research grants this past May to help find lasting cures for CHD. The grants are funded jointly by the ACHA, the Meil Family Foundation, and Project Heart.

One of our very own ACHD fellows Jill Steiner, MD, MS is one of six to receive the newly funded grants set to answer some of the questions. The $10,000 grant was funded in conjunction with ACHA and Project Heart, helping to fund her project over the course of the next year.

Jill Steiner, MD
Jill Steiner, MD
Dr. Steiner’s project titled Strategies for the Successful Adaption of the PRISM (Promoting Resilience in Stress Management) Intervention to Promote Resilience for Patients with Adult Congenital Heart Disease is set to begin on July 1st. PRISM is a platform for discussion-based learning modules surrounding skills such as stress management, goal-setting, and positive reframing. She proposes a qualitative study to evaluate PRISM’s potential in the ACHD population, and to explore it’s feasibility, acceptability, and appropriateness. Dr. Steiner’s hopes for the project to allow for a better understanding of the way patients with ACHD view and utilize resilience in their daily lives.

Just last year, Dr. Steiner spoke on similar psychosocial concerns during her Cardiology Grand Rounds presentation, available to view on UW Medicine’s Prover Resource page.

Congratulations to Dr. Steiner on receiving the grant, and we can’t wait to feel the impact her project brings.