Dr. Robert Miller, Jr., Director
Dr. Kallanna Manjunath, Co-Director
- Develop research colloquia series designed to introduce issues related to minority health and health disparities to students
- Host network building colloquia and disucssion groups for advanced graduate students and untenured faculty
- Provide workshops on conducting responsible research
2011 Progress Report Excerpt
STUDIES AND RESULTS
During the fall 2011 semester the Honors College and the EOP
programs were offered research learning opportunities through
presentations offered by CEMHD researchers engaged in research efforts,
and opportunities for learning to conduct responsible research.
The RTEC scheduled statistical consultative support for graduate
students and faculty. The statistical support and discussion groups
were scheduled in 16 thirty minute blocks. In the last academic year,
294 different appointments were scheduled and filled. This represents 79
unduplicated users of the consultation services. The consultations are
held on the downtown campus of the graduate and professional schools.
This service is available to the entire University community. We have
continued this service during this academic year.
During the spring 2011 term a research consultant provided
research training support for untenured faculty preparing a journal
publication. This effort resulted in a publication.
During the fall 2011 semester the research core co-director
(Miller) offered two presentations to the students of the Honors College
and the EOP program. Twenty-two students of the Honors College and 45
students of the EOP program attended.
During the presentations, the Core director described his role, the intention and goals of the
Research Training/Educational Core, the current research programs that
may be soliciting student participation, and presented an opportunity
for participation in a community event featuring one of the funded R01
research projects. He also provided a basic orientation to ethical and
responsible research. A question and answer period followed the
presentation and a contact sheet email contact sheet was developed to
maintain communication with the interested students.
A formally approved Certificate of Health Disparities program
was marketed through various colloquia and discussion groups. Two
students have completed the requirements for the Certificate program in
Health Disparities. The Center is still recruiting for the
program. Several other students have expressed interest in and plan to
make application for admission to the Certificate Program.
In the spring 2011 semester, “A Seminar on Ethics and
Responsible Research” was conducted by Dr. Dan Thompson, M.D., M.A.,
FACP, and FCCM.
In addition, relationships were established with
ethicists concerned with conducting responsible research from Albany
College of Pharmacy. The Center scheduled a presentation
featuring personnel from their Institutional Review Board.
In the spring 2011 semester, “Considering Race and Racism in
Health Disparities: Empirical and Theoretical Perspectives” was
presented by Dr. Alex Pieterse, a counseling psychologist who is in the
School of Education. His research focuses on the intersection of racism
On November 7th and 8th, 2011 a conference “Health Disparities
in Sexual Minorities along the Life Cycle: A Beginning Community
Discussion” took place. Speakers presented empirical data and
participate in strategy development for framing potential points of
intervention to reverse the common health disparities experienced by
this population. The conferencel featured seven paper presentations
and breakout sessions for population-specific questions.There were
also two roundtable breakfast meetings. In one, the speakers, many of
whom are principal investigators on R01 NIH grants, discussed with
undergraduate and graduate students how they (MDs, PhD nurses,
counseling and clinical psychologists) frame their programs of research
to include minority health and health disparities. The second round
table breakfast meeting is designed to support beginning researchers who
are pursuing federal funding. The plan is for the researchers seeking
funding to describe their current efforts and to receive feedback from
The RTEC administers a program of small grant support with
funds from the university’s Vice President for Research. The goal is to
facilitate the development of research projects to the level that
investigators and projects are appropriate for external funding.
One award of $6,500 was made in 2011 for a study, “Enablers
and Barriers to Obtaining and Maintaining Health Care for Youth who have
Transitioned from the Foster Care System.”
The activities of the RTEC have provided increased
visibility to the CEMHD. The efforts of the Core continue to stimulate
interest in health disparities and minority health in both the
undergraduate, graduate student and faculty populations. As program
planning continues and is implemented, further interest in minority
health and health disparities will be cultivated in the university
community and among untenured faculty.
Specific activities planned by the RTEC for Year 4 are to do the following:
1. Schedule two seminars that provide training in conducting
responsible research that does not replicate existing training.
2. Schedule two peer review opportunities to new research
associates who are submitting proposals or manuscripts for publication
in peer reviewed journals.
3. Conduct three information seminars for undergraduate
students to cultivate interest in minority health and health
4. Follow up on the application process for the health
disparities certificate program and cultivate additional interest among
graduate students to pursue the certificate.
5. Continue providing statistical consultative support to the
research associates and other interested members of the University at
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