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NRMN collaborates with CCHE to host the 8th Annual Health Equity Leadership Institute (HELI)

By September 20, 2018No Comments

Written by Caitlin Scott and Stephanie House, MA

CCHE (Collaborative Center for Health Equity) hosted the 8th Annual Health Equity Leadership Institute (HELI) in collaboration with NRMN and other initiatives, June 11-15, 2018.

Photo Credit: CCHE Team

The Institute aims to support junior investigators conducting health equity research to help them attain tenure track academic appointments. It is intentionally designed to foster professional networking for participating scholars and to create a collaborative learning environment for Institute alumni, scholars and faculty.

The National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) mentor and mentee training curricula have become integral to HELI; the 2018 program included an abbreviated version of the Culturally Aware Mentoring (CAM) module presented by Core HELI Faculty and NRMN Master Facilitators Dr. Stephen Thomas and Dr. Sandra Quinn. HELI Scholars shared feedback that this was a highly valuable session and they had great interest in the participating in the longer version. One scholar noted the session was ‘truly eye-opening on how to improve my methods of mentoring.’

The 2018 HELI Scholar Cohort included 24 researchers; 8 from UW-Madison, 2 from Milwaukee, and 14 from across the country. The Scholars convened for 5 days of intensive programming at UW Memorial Union and had the opportunity to meet and engage with local health equity experts and special guests. Dr. Karriem Watson, Director of Community-Engaged Research, UI Cancer Center, University of Illinois at Chicago, shared an energizing keynote address at the UW Welcome Reception at Tripp Commons on Tuesday, June 12th. Dr. Carl Hill, Director of the Office of Special Populations in the National Institute on Aging at the NIH provided a closing keynote address on Friday, June 15th.

Photo Credit: Kevin Kiley, HELI Team

HELI 2018 included more interdisciplinary engagement across the UW-Madison campus than ever before. The exceptional lineup of expert instructors included: Dr. Nichelle Cobb from the Health Sciences IRB, Dr. Amanda Eggen and Dr. Noelle LoConte from the Carbone Cancer Center, Ms. Gina Green-Harris from the Center for Community Engagement and Health Partnerships, Dr. David Pate from the Institute for Research on Poverty, Ms. Danielle Yancey from the Native American Center for Health Professions, and many others! Invaluable community contributions came from Mr. Dean Seneca, Director of the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Epidemiology Center, Ms. Brenda Gonzalez, Diversity Manager at Agrace, and Mr. Al Castro and Ms. Mirtha Sosa Pacheco from the United Community Center in Milwaukee. See the full HELI 2018 instructor list here.
To learn more about HELI, please visit the following website:

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