University of Miami receives $1.35M grant

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Dr. Johis Ortega, associate dean for Hemispheric and Global Initiatives and the study’s Principal Investigator.

The National Institutes of Health/National Institute onMinority Health and Health Disparities (NIH/NIMHD) has awarded a competitivefive-year renewal grant totaling $1.35 million1 to the University ofMiami School of Nursing and Health Studies (SONHS) to educate a new generationof health disparities scientists from different backgrounds.

The key component of the project is a training program thatwill select 10 promising applicants each year (2019-2023) from nursing, publichealth and health science, and provide them with health disparities researchtraining experiences at partner institutions in Colombia, Costa Rica, DominicanRepublic, Jamaica, Mexico and Peru. Each participant, ranging fromundergraduate to post-doctoral levels, will be paired with a faculty mentordrawn from one of seven institutions of higher health care education in thesesix participating nations. The foreign mentors represent an exceptional groupof educators and scientists from a wide range of fields, including medicine,nursing, public health and psychology.

Funded under the NIMHD’s Minority Health and HealthDisparities Research Training (MHRT) mechanism, the ultimate goal of thisinitiative is to help create a culturally competent health care workforce. Thisis crucial because of the current shortage of Hispanic, Black, and NativeAmerican researchers in the health professions.

“We will continue to prepare individuals from diversebackgrounds to conduct health disparities research throughout the hemispherethrough hands-on opportunities with internationally renowned researchersfocused on improving minority health and reducing disparities,” said Dr. JohisOrtega, associate dean for Hemispheric and Global Initiatives and the study’sPrincipal Investigator. We look forward to opening the eyes of tomorrow’s mostpromising health disparities scientists to new cultures, populations, andcareer possibilities.”

In addition to 10 weeks abroad, MHRT trainees willparticipate in a two-week Intensive Global Health Disparities Summer Research Institute,a one-week seminar on research dissemination and preparing for a career in HDresearch, and a writing workshop. They will be expected to continue workingwith their mentors after the program on scientific presentations andpublications and on applying for graduate school and/or other health disparitiesresearch career opportunities.

1 Thisgrant is supported by the National Institute On Minority Health And HealthDisparities of the National Institutes of Health under Award NumberT37MD008647. The content of this article is solely the responsibility of theissuing institution and does not necessarily represent the official views ofthe National Institutes of Health.


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