A new year of collaboration: fresh resources, updates, and opportunities from UU-HEALTH

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Urban Universities for HEALTH is in the news again. The UU-HEALTH team at the University of Cincinnati partnered with Interact for Health to conduct the 2015 Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP), asking Ohio adults about possible barriers they might have experienced when seeking a health care provider they could trust: lack of health insurance, type of health insurance and race or ethnicity. These barriers were reported twice as frequently among African American adults compared to white adults. Full poll results are available on the Interact for Health website.

In addition, one of the articles emerging from the Collaborative’s work on holistic admissions has recently been accepted for publication in the Journal of Professional Nursing. Holistic Admissions in Nursing: We Can Do This, shares findings from a series of nursing focus groups, explores barriers to implementing holistic review in nursing, and proposes solutions for overcoming those barriers.

 

Funding Opportunities

There is still time to apply for HRSA’s Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students, a grant program that provides funds to eligible accredited U.S. health professions schools to make scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds with financial need. The application deadline is January 25, 2016.

The Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation has released a call for applications for the 2016 Macy Faculty Scholars Program. This program supports scholars in implementing new educational initiatives and participating in career development activities. Applications are due February 17, 2016.

The David E. Rogers award, sponsored by AAMC and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, recognizes a medical school faculty member who has made major contributions to improving the health of the American people. Nominations for this $10,000 award are due May 6, 2016.

 

News

More than 80 admissions officials have signed on to a new report entitled Turning the Tide, Inspiring Concern for Others and the Common Good through College Admissions. The report suggests that colleges have excessively focused on traditional measures of academic achievement while neglecting other meaningful aspects of prospective students’ experience. The report urges colleges and universities to re-define achievement to level the playing field for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

CVS Health has partnered with the National Black Nurses Association and the National Association of Hispanic Nurses to develop joint programs for facilitating multicultural talent acquisition and producing a diverse health workforce that reflects the patients and communities it serves. The partnerships will also allow CVS Health to offer more internships and scholarships to multicultural candidates.

New AAMC data reveals that female professors are woefully outnumbered at medical schools nationwide. The disparity is significant, as becoming a full professor is a necessary stepping stone for most leadership positions. School-by-school data on women’s representation in academic medicine are available.

In a Health Affairs blog, five health care organization CEOs weigh in on the Institute of Medicine’s new report, Vital Signs, which identifies core metrics for assessing the nation’s health.

UC Irvine plans to open a new nursing school with a $40 million gift from the William and Sue Gross Family Foundation. The new school will enrich the pipeline of nursing professionals and broaden the reach of community partnerships addressing the healthcare needs of underserved populations.

The US Government Accountability Office released a new report calling for more coordination of health workforce programs across HHS to meet national needs.

Urban Universities for HEALTH was cited in A Med Ed Revolution, a blog post that explores the sea change toward equity occurring in medical education.

NEOMED has appointed two new leaders to serve as co-chairs of the Community Advisory Board for the NEOMED-CSU Partnership for Urban Health.

 

Upcoming Events

The Association for Community Health Improvement will hold its national conference March 1-3, 2016 in Baltimore, MD.  

The Health Equity Initiative will hold a partnership summit, Implementing Systems-Level Change for Health Equity, on February 25-26, 2016 in New York, NY.

An AAMC webinar will explore how medical schools can attract more black males to the field of medicine. The webinar will be held February 4, 2015 at 12:00pm Eastern Time.

 

Publications and Resources

The National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) has opened a new web portal with free resources for mentors and mentees. As a key component of the NIH’s Diversity Program Consortium, NRMN’s mission is to support greater diversity within the NIH-funded workforce by implementing evidence-based programming to increase persistence and success in science careers. Resources include a virtual mentoring platform, intensive grant-writing groups, and training to maximize effectiveness as a mentor or mentee.

The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) has released a new report on the use of holistic review in graduate admissions. Evidence from the Urban Universities for HEALTH study on holistic review in the health professions is cited.

The Ohio Governor's Office of Health Transformation released a report with recommendations for improving population health planning and aligning population health priority areas, measures, and evidence-based strategies. Ohio's performance on population health outcomes has declined relative to other states over the past two decades, and Ohio has significant disparities for many health outcomes by race, income and geography.

The AAMC has released its 2015 State Physician Workforce Data Book, a report with state-specific data on active physicians and residents. Also available from the AAMC: a free seminar on the science of unconscious bias and how to mitigate bias in the search and recruitment process.

 

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