Learning Collaborative report highlighted in Trusteeship magazine


From the National Program Office

As the Urban Universities for HEALTH initiative winds to a close, we are focused on disseminating the results of our work broadly and deepening the impact of our research related to health workforce diversity and health disparities. The Urban Universities for HEALTH report on holistic admissions was cited in the cover story for the most recent issue of Trusteeship magazine. University of Cincinnati President Santa J. Ono, who is a strong supporter of Urban Universities for HEALTH efforts, writes that “it is crucial that we conduct an equitable, transparent, and mission-based admissions process that will result in the enrollment of a diverse class of students with the attributes needed for success in academia and beyond.”

Funding Opportunities and Awards

The National Institutes of Health has announced a new round of funding for the Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (Parent K01). The purpose of this award is to provide support and protected time for an intensive career development experience in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences. Standard dates apply, with the first due date occurring on June 12, 2016.

The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Award for Excellence in Social Mission in Health Professions Education recognizes outstanding leadership in imbuing the social mission into health professions education. Awards will be given in three categories: individual, program, and institution, and come with a $2,000 honorarium. The deadline for nominations is June 17, 2016.

The AAMC Innovations in Research Education Award highlights innovation in PhD, MD-PhD, and postdoctoral education and training that enhances the institutional research mission. Examples include curricular reform, improved learning methods, and new research career pathways. Up to a $5,000 prize for each winning entry will be awarded. Applications are due June 20, 2016.

The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education has issued a call for proposals from nursing schools for efforts designed to accelerate the development of creative and sustainable interprofessional initiatives in which graduate nursing and one or more other professions actively learn and work together in community-based clinical settings.  Up to $50,000 will be awarded for 2-year initiatives. Proposals are due July 15, 2016.


Diversity and inclusion issues continued to take center stage in the media this past month. The Chronicle of Higher Education released a special diversity report with articles on setting a diversity agenda and assessing commitment to diversity, among other topics. The special report also included commentary authored by Gary Butts, Dean of Diversity Programs and Policy at Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine, on diversity in medical schools.

As campus protests continue, administrators have begun to acknowledge the need for systemic change and a collaborative approach to decision-making that will address the needs of all students. Michelle Asha Cooper, president of the Institute for Higher Education Policy, writes in EducationDIVE that because of the changing demographics of students, “policies and practices and norms that were prevalent 20 years ago and still in place are outdated.” A proactive approach that incorporates regular data collection (including campus climate assessments) and realistic promises will help administrators navigate the change process more effectively.

An article in The Hechinger Report tells the story of how a small liberal arts college was able to move beyond diversification to achieve broader culture change on campus. The college encouraged different groups to work together by setting aside a funding pool for ideas that would improve integration of students from diverse backgrounds and foster open communication.

Rutgers University-Newark took holistic admissions a step further by aggressively recruiting low-income, urban, public high school graduates with mediocre test scores – most of whom are considered “at risk” by other colleges. By combining this recruitment approach with enhanced course offerings, improved student services, and additional financial supports, the University has achieved a graduation rate for underrepresented minority students that is well above the national average.

Upcoming Events

On Tuesday, June 7, from 1:30-4:00 p.m. EDT the UNC Gillings School of Public Health will hold their 22nd National Health Equity Research Webcast, focusing on political power, policy, and health equity. The webcast will feature a moderated panel of nationally recognized researchers and practitioners.

The Beyond Flexner conference is a comprehensive conference for health professionals committed to more equitable health care, and will be held September 19-21 in Miami, FL. Open to professionals, residents, and students, the event will feature compelling lectures, focused breakout sessions and interactive discussion panels with key opinion leaders in the field of public health.

The Healthcare Quality and Equity Action Forum, convened by The Disparities Solution Center, will be held September 29-30 in Boston, MA. The theme this year is “Moving Towards Access and Accountability. Register here.

The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) will hold its Fall Institute on October 5-7 in Herndon, VA. The purpose of the institute is to provide post-baccalaureate health professions faculty and their IPE colleagues quality time and dedicated space for guided learning, team-based planning activities, and consultation with experts and peers.


Publications and Resources

A special supplement of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice is focused entirely on health equity. Articles explore various policy solutions, collaborative and community-based approaches, and methods for measuring health equity outcomes.

AAMC has published several new resources, including Achieving Health Equity: How Academic Medicine is Addressing the Social Determinants of Health, and a report on physician supply and demand projections through 2025.

A new report from the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) presents results from a recent national survey on health center clinical workforce needs and priorities. The report is entitled Staffing the Safety Net: Building the Primary Care Workforce at America’s Health Centers.

An article in Nursing Education Perspectives shares outcomes from a collaborative project to recruit and retain students from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds into nursing. Interventions included a pre-professional education program for high school students and retention programs for enrolled students; outcomes included increased enrollment, graduation rates, and NCLEX success. 


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