National Health Disparities Research Center of Excellence at Meharry

Learning

Research Training Core

Specific Aims:

Key Personnel

Patricia Matthews Juarez, PhD, Co-Director, Research Center for Health Equity and the Exposome. University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN 38163

Teresa Young, BS, Program Coordinator 

Linda Redd, MSPH, Program Manager

Sylvie Akohoue, PhD, Nutritionist, Health Disparities Research Fellow

M. Alfred Haynes Research Training Institute for Social Equity (MAHRTISE)

2013 MAHRTISE - Program Dates: May 13-24, 2013  Location: Nashville, TN


2012 MAHRTISE


Writing Collaborative

Dr. Matthews-Juarez established the “Writing Collaborative” as a weekly "Writing Club" for junior faculty and research investigators to receive input and assistance in writing articles on health disparities topics. The Writing Collaborative has been an extremely productive tool.  The Writing Collaborative infrastructure has facilitated presentations, grant applications, abstracts, manuscript preparation, and publications among junior faculty and research investigators.  Additionally, the faculty members have used the Research Training and Education Portal with a link to Share Point to facilitate collaboration. The “Writing Club” is interdisciplinary demonstrates formal and informal collaboration and networking across campus and across institutions.

Professional Conferences

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Community Education

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Affiliations

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TSU

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

University of Tennessee at Knoxville

Overall Goal

The overall goal of the Research Training Core is to develop and institutionalize a training infrastructure and curriculum that will foster, develop, equip, and increase the number of health services researchers prepared to address health disparities in their research. This training program is designed to be implemented along an academic developmental/adult learning continuum that includes research training of graduate and post-doctoral students and clinical and research faculty. The long term objective of the Research Training Core is to increase the number of independent health services scientists from underrepresented minorities who are prepared to pursue careers in health services research focusing on health disparities. The research training core will utilize inter-disciplinary training experiences appropriate to the target audience across disciplines, areas of research interest, departments and communities. 

2011 MAHRTISE

Dr. Matthews Juarez established and sponsored the inaugural M. Alfred Haynes Summer Health Institute on Health Equity in spring 2011. (2011 Program)

The Dr. M Alfred Haynes Research Training Institute for Social Equity is a faculty development program that links minority investigators with a senior health disparity research faculty and a community member selected for their expertise in the area. The institute provides a two week intensive training in fundamental policy issues and concerns in access to care systems as well as cutting-edge health disparities issues that are of national concern. Participants and mentors will work together in how and why particular health policies are developed and implemented as well as how they affect communities experiencing health disparities. The inaugural M Alfred Haynes Research Training Institute for Social Equity was held on April 3, 2011-April 15, 2011 at MMC had five scholars from across the country who were selected through a competitive process.  The training included 37 speakers, many of whom were national experts spoke to the scholars. All of the power point presentations were uploaded to the site on the day of the presentation. Over 50 MMC faculty and 17 students attended speaker presentations.

The Dr. M Alfred Haynes Research Training Institute for Social Equity is a faculty development program that links minority investigators with a senior health disparity research faculty and a community member selected for their expertise in the area.

The institute provides a two week intensive training in fundamental policy issues and concerns in access to care systems as well as cutting-edge health disparities issues that are of national concern. Participants and mentors will work together in how and why particular health policies are developed and implemented as well as how they affect communities experiencing health disparities.

Curriculum

Participants

Participants will be African American and/or other underrepresented minority faculty and members from faith-based or community organizations. Participants will include junior and senior faculty from Meharry Medical College, Tennessee State University and Vanderbilt University and other academic institutions. Junior faculty and their community partner will be paired with research core faculty. Participants will be selected from the fields of medicine, dentistry, public health, nursing, health policy, social work, psychology, sociology, health care management and administration with demonstrated interest in health disparity research.

Research Improvement Project (RIP)

A health disparity project must be identified as a prerequisite for the institute. The project will be innovative, practical, and will close the gaps in health disparities affecting minority or disadvantaged communities. The project must contain elements of community participatory research interventions and can be repeated or transported to other communities with similar problems. Participants will demonstrate achievement of their continuing health disparity projects, present at conferences and workshops, podcasts, webcasts, and publish manuscripts in peer reviewed journals, etc. The project will be submitted for funding.

Community Partner

The institute will provide opportunities for community and faith-based leaders to participate in the development and implementation of a translational, health services research program that seeks to eliminate health disparities in Nashville/Davidson County. Engagement of community leaders will enhance the ability to translate evidence derived from research findings into promising programs and policies that reduce disease and other public health problems among racial/ethnic and disadvantaged populations in Nashville/Davidson County, Tennessee.

Institute Outcomes

As a result of the institute, participants will:

 

Additional Required Documents

All applicants must respond to all the questions. Limit each answer to one page, typed and double-spaced. Attach your statements to the application with your name on each page.

1) What have you found are the major challenges to developing research skills? How is your organization responding to these challenges, and/or what would your organization like to do to meet these challenges?

2) What kind of researcher would you categorize yourself as within your organization? What goals do you have as a researcher? How might the Dr. M. Alfred Haynes Research Training Institute for Social Equity fit into your faulty development within your institution?

3) Each applicant must answer this question. As a member of a two-person team, you will be collaborating on a research project to benefit your work. Please describe the working relationship with your mentor and elaborate on how the Dr. M. Alfred Haynes Research Training Institute for Social Equity will benefit your research training.

4) A personal statement describing why you are here and how you are involved at the academic, community or clinical level in health disparity research or services at your institution. Please provide concrete actions you have taken to make your desires into reality.

Please choose one of the follow questions:

5) A description of an innovative, practical health disparity project that will reduce gaps in health disparities affecting minority or disadvantaged communities. It must contain elements of community participatory research interventions and can be repeated or transported to other communities with similar problems. (I will attach a letter of support from my community partner stating that there is access to the population and the estimate number of the population that will be participating.) Please keep in mind that your community partner needs to participate in the planning process of this project.

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6) Junior faculty members may describe a health disparity project that uses secondary analysis of large data sets that will have national significance for change in health status of a defined group affected by chronic diseases, e.g. cancer, hypertension, diabetes, mood disorders, and/or asthma.