Melissa Little, PhD, Launches NIH-Sponsored Community-Engaged Clinical Trial Impacting Rural Smokers in Appalachia

April 9, 2024 by

Melissa Little UVA

Melissa Little, PhD, MPH

Melissa Little, MD, MPH, an associate professor of public health sciences in the School of Medicine, has launched a National Institutes of Health-sponsored community-engaged clinical trial that impacts rural smokers in the five-state Appalachian region. Dr. Little has long focused on reducing cancer health disparities in Appalachia, and as director of the Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control Research, she is uniquely qualified to lead the QuitAid trial. QuitAid will attempt to reach and assist hundreds of rural smokers throughout the Appalachian region who want to quit by offering a pharmacist-delivered medication therapy management approach in partnership with independent community pharmacies.

Dr. Little’s work, which is in line with one of the initiatives of our strategic plan to deepen engagement with and foster healthy communities, will change and save lives. It is a perfect representation of our efforts at UVA Health to transform health and inspire hope.

Learn more about Dr. Little’s grant and partnership with community pharmacies in Appalachia.

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