Funding opportunities, news, and more in February’s Learning Collaborative update!


From the NPO

Urban Universities for HEALTH is nearing the finish line, with the final menu of metrics and dashboard expected later this spring. In the meantime, please join the USU/APLU and AAC&U for an upcoming webinar on Tracking Student Access to High-Impact Practices in STEM, Wednesday, March 8, from 1:00-2:00 pm Eastern Time. Register Here.


Funding Opportunities

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is accepting applications for its Clinical Scholars program, a three-year leadership program for clinically active healthcare providers and practitioners. The total award to the grantee organization will be up to $105,000 per team member (teams may comprise 2-5 individuals) for the three-year program. The deadline is March 8, 2017. RWJF is also accepting applications for Interdisciplinary Research Leaders (deadline March 8, 2017, maximum award $350,000 per grantee organization), and Health Policy Research Scholars (deadline March 29, 2017, annual stipend of $30,000/year for four years).  

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is accepting applications for Partnerships to Achieve Health Equity. Projects must demonstrate regional or nationwide impact. The deadline is March 31, 2017. Awards will range from $325,000-$400,000.

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is accepting applications for its Engagement Awards program, with a focus on knowledge, training, development, and dissemination. These awards support projects that encourage active integration of patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other healthcare stakeholders as integral members of the patient-centered outcomes research/clinical effectiveness research enterprise. Letters of Intent are due June 1, 2017, with full proposals due 40 days after approval of the LOI. Support is capped at $250,000 for up to 2 years.

The AAMC’s Herbert W. Nickens Award is given to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to promoting justice in medical education and health care equity in the United States.  The awardee receives the Nickens Award and a $10,000 prize, and will present the Nickens Lecture at Learn Serve Lead 2017 in Boston. Completed nomination package should be emailed in a single file, with the nomination letter first, to Angela Moses at by April 7, 2017.



The U.S. is running out of nurses, according to an article in The Atlantic earlier this month. Our aging population, rising rates of chronic illness, and limited capacity of nursing schools has pushed the nursing shortage to near crisis levels, “with worrying implications for patients and healthcare providers alike.”

Our Learning Collaborative colleagues Greer Glazer and Karen Bankston from the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing have authored an article for the Sullivan Alliance blog on how nurse practitioners can transform primary care. Nurse practitioners are more likely than other primary care disciplines to practice in underserved rural and urban communities. They also play a key role in reducing health care costs: the article states that greater use of NPs and other advanced practice nurses would save $16 billion a year (and up to $166 billion if NPs manage nursing home residents). Learn more.

Universities continue to leverage new technology and the power of big data to support student success and degree completion. Georgia State University’s Graduation and Progression Success (GPS) system looks at 800 different triggers to identify potential at-risk students and alert advisors before those students begin to struggle.  Also, an interview with Timothy McKay, who heads the University of Michigan’s Digital Innovation Greenhouse, takes a deep dive into learning analytics and how the field is transforming.

Morgan State University has received a $700,000 grant from the Lumina Foundation for Education its efforts to increase graduation rates for historically underserved students.

A few leadership updates: The University of Cincinnati taps Neville Pinto to be its 30th president. Francis Collins will stay on as Director of the National Institutes of Health.



Why is it so hard to close the racial health gap in the U.S.? Equalizing access is not enough: we need to eliminate structural and societal barriers.

Claire Pomeroy, President of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, argues in the Huffington Post that both health care spending and medical research must address the social determinants of health.


Upcoming Events

Join the Health Equity Leadership and Exchange Network (HELEN) for an upcoming webinar entitled The Continuing Struggle for Health Equity: A Look at the Challenges and Opportunities for Health Reform and Health Equity in 2017 and Beyond. The webinar will be held Wednesday, February 22, from 3:00-4:00pm Eastern Time.

The AAMC will host a webinar, Parallel Crises: The Over and Under Prescription of Opioids, on Monday, February 27, 12:00pm Eastern Time. Also from the AAMC: unconscious bias training for health professionals, coming up April 11 in Nashville, TN and April 17 in Boston, MA.

Improving Outcomes: Transformative Change in LGBTQ+ Healthcare is a leadership summit sponsored by the UC Davis Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The summit will take place Saturday, March 25, in Sacramento, CA.

The UT Health Science Center’s School of Nursing will host its 4th annual Cultural Inclusion Institute on April 26-27 in San Antonio, TX. This year’s theme is Linking Social Determinants of Health to Health Disparities and Cultural Inclusion. Primary care providers, nurses, social workers, dentists, educators, researchers, community-based non-profits, and students are invited to attend.


Publications and Resources

The AAMC has published Diversity in Medical Education: Facts & Figures 2016, which provides an overview of detailed statistical information on race, ethnicity, and gender patterns in U.S. medical education for the 2014–2015 academic year, along with nearly ten years of data on select topics. 

Our Learning Partners Network colleagues from Wayne State University, Ambika Mathur and Andrew Feig, have co-authored a new article in Change magazine: Using Longitudinal Data on Career Outcomes to Promote Improvements and Diversity in Graduate Education.

The Health and Medicine division of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine has published a report: Communities in Action: Pathways to Health Equity. The report summarizes the findings of an expert committee that considered solutions that could be implemented at the local or community level to advance health equity.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Healthcare: A Clinical Guide to Preventive, Primary, and Specialist Care, fulfills the unmet need for a clinically focused guide to LGBT preventive and specialty medicine.

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