NEOMED partners with Kent State, and UMKC trains nurses to be more humanistic


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The Learning Collaborative is preparing for its next in-person working meeting, scheduled for March 3-4 at the University of New Mexico campus.  In advance of this meeting, one of our working groups, the Metrics Learning Group, shared a draft framework and menu of example metrics for measuring health education and workforce efforts at higher education institutions.  More information on this developing resource is forthcoming.  In the meantime, the Collaborative aims to learn more about metrics already in use at institutions.

Funding Opportunities

The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation is looking for nursing and medical school faculty who are committed to careers in health professional education for its 2014 Macy Faculty Scholars program.  Each Scholar will receive salary support at $100,000 per year over two years.  The deadline for applications is February 26, 2014.  An informational webinar about the program was held on January 7, and a recording of the webinar is available on the Macy Faculty Scholars webpage.

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) announced on Wednesday that it seeks to appoint up to 25 new biomedical researchers through a national open competition. The initiative represents an investment of approximately $150 million in basic biomedical research over the next five years. The deadline for applications is June 3, 2014, and finalists will be selected in 2015.

The 2014 National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program is now open, and will close on March 20, 2014.  Eligible applicants may receive up to $50,000 in exchange for two years of service. Licensed primary care physician, dentist, mental or behavioral care providers with unpaid educational loans and who are employed at or have accepted an offer of employment at a NHSC-approved site may apply.

NIH has released two new FOAs to support research that targets the reduction of health disparities among minority and underserved children.  The R01 opportunity opened on January 5, and the R21 opportunity opened January 16.  Standard dates apply.

A technical assistance webinar will be held on Friday, February 14, 2014 from 11:00-12:30pm EST for applicants to the NIH PRIDE opportunity (Programs to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research).

Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) seeks an accomplished leader in community-academic partnerships and health/public health to serve as Executive Director beginning on September 1, 2014. With CCPH operating in a virtual environment, the person can be located anywhere in the U.S.  Application review begins February 24, 2014.


Nancy L. Zimpher, chancellor of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, was featured in a Politico article last week for her leadership and collaboration with the White House on expanding college opportunity.  President Obama was quoted as praising Chancellor Zimpher for “making sure that hundreds of thousands of SUNY students all across the state are getting a world-class higher education.”

Students pursuing a career in pharmacy now have an accelerated pathway to complete both a bachelor’s degree and Doctor of Pharmacy degree in seven years through a new partnership agreement between Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) and Kent State University.

The deans of the University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center have just launched a series of seminars on diversity and inclusion in the health professions.  The seminars, which are the result of a collaborative effort by all four AHC deans, will take place throughout the month of February 2014 and will feature a variety of insights and speakers. 

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation chose the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies as one of its grantees to start mentoring nurses in training and early practice to be more humanistic in their patient care.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has created a new state office to oversee changes in health care, including efforts to expand the workforce.  The new Office of Health Innovation and Transformation will be in charge of carrying out recommendations from a state-led group of health policy leaders, health care providers, insurers and others.

Less than six months after taking office, Wayne State University President M. Roy Wilson is pushing an ambitious agenda.

A Chronicle of Higher Education article this month covered the NIH’s response to racial disparities in its grant awards. The response addresses the findings of a 2011 study, which discovered that minority scientists win a disproportionately small share of NIH grants.

More than 100 college presidents and dozens of nonprofit, corporate, and foundation leaders were gathered at the White House last week for a daylong summit on expanding college opportunity. Leaders were asked by President Obama to commit to action in one of several areas crucial to college opportunity. The White House also released a report entitled “Increasing College Opportunity for Low-Income Students.”

A New York Times article explored how skyrocketing salaries in certain medical specialties have contributed to rising health care costs for patients.

Upcoming Events

What does it really mean to be an equitable leader? And how do you know if your decisions, policies, and practices are truly equitable? Find out at the Leadership Learning Community’s webinar, “Equity and Leadership,” which will be held on January 28 from 4:00-5:00pm EST.

The AAMC will host a webinar, “Enhancing Your Medical Career with a Public Health Experience,” on February 5, 2014 from 7:00-8:00pm EST.  Presenters include AAMC’s Dr. Malika Fair, MD, MPH, as well as experts from the CDC and non-profit leaders. 

The UNC Minority Health Conference, scheduled for February 28, 2014 in Chapel Hill, NC, will be on “Innovative Approaches to Youth Health: Engaging Youth in Creating Healthy Communities.” The conference provides a forum for scholarly exchange of ideas related to understanding and addressing continuing health disparities in minority populations.

Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) is convening its 13th International Conference April 30 - May 3, 2014 in Chicago, IL. This year’s conference theme is: “From Rhetoric to Reality: Achieving Authentic, Equitable & Transformative Partnerships.”

The Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital is holding a Healthcare Quality and Equity Action Forum on June 19-20, 2014 in Boston, MA.

The Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU) annual meeting will be held from June 23-24, 2014 in Washington, DC.  Urban Universities for HEALTH will plan working meetings and activities in conjunction with the USU meeting, so please save the date.

Publications and Resources

A study published this week in the International Journal of Men’s Health found that health disparities among U.S. African American and Hispanic Men cost the economy more than $450 billion over a four-year period (2006-2009).  The study looks at both the direct and indirect costs associated with health inequalities and projects the potential cost savings of eliminating these disparities.

In a JAMA article, the associations between minority faculty development programs at US medical schools and underrepresented minority faculty representation, recruitment, and promotion are examined. The authors found that the simple presence of a minority faculty development program did not increase minority faculty representation, recruitment, or promotion – but that certain high-intensity programs did.

Why isn’t evidence based practice improving health care for minorities in the United States?  Authors Lee, Fitzpatrick, and Baik in Applied Nursing Research identified a lack of data on evidence based practice, limited research on the generalizability of evidence, and sociocultural considerations as contributing factors.  The authors recommend contextualizing evidence based practice “within the social environments in which patients are treated.”

The UIC School of Public Health, the Center for State and Local Government Excellence, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation collaborated on a report that examines the efficacy of various recruitment and retention strategies for the local health department workforce. 

The AAMC has published a report entitled “Promising Practices: Promoting Faculty Engagement and Retention at U.S. Medical Schools.” This report presents the results of a survey conducted in 2011 as part of the AAMC’s Faculty Forward peer-learning program. 

The Annals of Family Medicine has published an article in its January/February 2014 issue entitled “The Four Pillars for Primary Care Physician Workforce Reform: A Blueprint for Future Activity.”  The four pillars: pipeline, process of medical education, practice transformation, and payment reform, are discussed individually, along with recommendations for advocacy.


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