NRMN Participates in NIMHD Health Disparities Research Institute
In August 2016, members from NRMN, including Dr. Stephen Thomas, Director of the University of Maryland Center for Health Equity participated in the NIH Health Disparities Summer Institute, a program that supports the development of individual research projects by promising scientists early in their careers and stimulates research in the disciplines supported by science on minority health and health disparities.
The intensive course focused primarily on concepts, methods, key issues, and new applications needed to conduct and implement translational and transdisciplinary research and interventions addressing health disparities, framed within the context of the history of health and health disparities in the United States.
Capitol Hill briefing on Health Equity and Health Disparities
In early September, Thomas was joined by Dr. Kola Okuyemi, NRMN Principal Investigator and Endowed Chair for Health Equity Research at the University of Minnesota at a special event called Research on the Hill, hosted by The University of Maryland, Congressman John P. Sarbanes, and the Big Ten Academic Alliance. Thomas and Okuyemi served as two of six esteemed panelists at the Washington, DC event, which aimed to explore strategies for “the attainment of the highest level of health for all people, when large population segments suffer from premature illness and death.”
Drs. Buchwald and Manson, Program Directors for NRMN GUMSHOE Coaching Groups, Awarded New Grant to Study Chronic Disease in Native/Pacific Populations
NRMN congratulates Dedra Buchwald and Spero Manson on the announcement of their receipt of a new federal grant to create one of two Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers for Health Disparities Research on Chronic Disease Prevention. The grant was announced in late August by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, part of the National Institutes of Health.
Click here to read the full announcement on the Washington State University College of Medicine website
NRMN Releases second and third videos in the NRMN Health Research Talks Series, produced in partnership with UAB MHRC
The first video of the NRMN Health Research Talks, the series of health disparities research videos produced for the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN), was released on Aug. 15.
The second video in the series, “Tips for Researchers Developing Health Disparities Research Design and Methods” is led by Raegan W. Durant, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine, UAB division of preventive medicine, and was released on Sept. 1.
The third, led by Gareth Dutton, PhD, is entitled, “How Can We Reduce Obesity through Behavioral Interventions?” and was released on Sept. 15th. Dr. Dutton is Associate Professor of Medicine at the UAB Division of Preventive Medicine.
The eight-video series provides professional development information for junior faculty planning research careers as independent investigators in fields related to community-based health and health disparities. Faculty from UAB and Tuskegee University will discuss various health and health disparities research topics in a lively interview format.
Click here to watch the videos online, and learn more about the upcoming videos in the series
University at Buffalo Pilots Innovative Health Disparities Research Review
Health disparities were the focus of an innovative review of research at the University at Buffalo in June of 2016. Over 40 researchers at the University at Buffalo (UB) gathered one summer morning to participate in an interdisciplinary pilot program of mini-presentations, of only seven minutes each, designed to give an overview of the research and a glimpse into any issues or challenges the researcher faced. The unusual – and ambitious – event was a great success with the fast-paced presentations being punctuated by a three minute question and answer sessions before moving on to the next talk.
Click here to read the full article submitted by members of NRMN’s Pilot Award program at the University of Buffalo