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Happy New Year from the Urban Universities for HEALTH National Program Office! We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday break and that your new year is off to a great start. We’re looking forward to working with our demonstration sites to finalize Phase 1 of the project (Identify Systemic Health Workforce Goals), and begin Phase 2 (Develop Metrics). For more information about upcoming activities and project phases for the Urban Universities for HEALTH Learning Collaborative, click here.

Funding Opportunities

In our last newsletter, we shared information about three new NIH funding opportunities related to workforce diversity: the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN), the Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) initiative, and the NIH Coordination and Evaluation Center (CEC) for Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce Program.  NIH will hold a technical assistance webinar for applicants on January 14, 2014, from 12:00pm - 5:00pm EST. If you cannot join the live webinar, an archived recording will be posted on the NIH website.

News

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has announced $20 million in grants to be awarded to the state’s public colleges and universities for educating more students in high-demand mental health care fields. About one-fifth of the proposed funding would be awarded to the University of Missouri-Kansas City, enabling the university to expand its educational programs, hire new faculty, and establish a new master’s degree track focusing on mental health care within the School of Nursing and Health Studies.
 
The Mayo Clinic and The Links, Incorporated – one of the nation's premier volunteer service organizations of professional African American women – have established a formal collaboration that aims to develop a more diverse health care workforce. The joint initiative ranges from raising health awareness in the African American community to facilitating scientific research.
 
An interdisciplinary team of medical residents, business students and law students from the University of New Mexico developed a free mobile app to help New Mexicans determine their eligibility for health insurance. The app also directs users to external resources, as well as physical locations where they can apply for services.
 
The University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute was highlighted in the Cincinnati Enquirer for its success in attracting patients, private donations, and research dollars.
 
Francis Collins, Director of the NIH, argues in a Washington Post op-ed that a number of converging factors and transformative opportunities have made increased investment in biomedical research an urgent priority for the United States.
 
Stanford University medical student Rahul Rekhi discusses the need to incorporate health policy training into the medical school curriculum in an op-ed published today in the Los Angeles Times.

Upcoming Events

The AAMC will hold two faculty development webinars as part of their Diversity 3.0 Learning Series. "Charting a Course as a Clinician Investigator" will be held January 30, 2014, from 2:00pm – 3:00pm EST, and "Navigating through the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) Career Development Opportunities" will be held February 13, 2014, from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST.

Publications and Resources

A research study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that minority physicians care for the majority of underserved patients, including racial and ethnic minorities, patients with chronic diseases, and the uninsured.  In addition, non-white physicians cared for over 70 percent of non-English-speaking patients.  The researchers concluded that “increasing the racial and ethnic diversity of the physician workforce may be key to meeting national goals to eliminate health disparities.”
 
A special supplement to the ASPPH publication Public Health Reports, entitled “Nursing in 3D: Diversity, Disparities, and Social Determinants,” includes an article by AAMC’s Marc Nivet and Anne Berlin entitled Workforce Diversity and Community-Responsive Health-Care Institutions. Other articles from the supplement cover a variety of topics related to workforce diversity, health equity, and the social determinants of health.
 
A new study in Academic Medicine reveals that gender disparities exist among different medical faculty career tracks.  Only 20 percent of medical schools report more women than men in tenure track positions (those engaging in teaching, research, and patient care), while 77 percent report having more women than men in clinician-educator positions (involving only patient care and teaching).  Those in tenure track positions are more likely to be promoted than clinician-educators.
 
A study in the journal Hypertension has found that African-American men who grew up in single-parent homes are more likely to have health problems stemming from high blood pressure than African-American men who grew up in two-parent households. The study is “the first study of an African-American population to document an association between childhood family living arrangements and blood pressure.”
 
A new journal, the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, has been established and will publish its first issue in March, although papers will begin appearing online in January.

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