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From the NPO

The Learning Collaborative is busy preparing for our Annual Meeting on March 3-4, hosted by the University of New Mexico. We hope to engage attendees and accelerate learning through number of interactive, participant-led sessions.  Sites have also begun the process of developing metrics by sharing a small set of existing measures that they are currently using to evaluate their health workforce programs.  These indicators will be shared at our annual meeting to kick-start a discussion on measuring success across health professions.

Funding Opportunities

The AAMC Group on Diversity and Inclusion (GDI) has announced a call for proposals for scholarship on faculty diversity and inclusion. Manuscript proposals (not to exceed 300 words) are due March 3, 2014.

The Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program (AMFDP) has issued a call for applications for 4-year postdoctoral research awards.  Awards are offered to universities, schools of medicine and dentistry and research institutions to support the research and career development of physicians and dentists from historically disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to developing careers in academic medicine and dentistry and to serving as role models for students and faculty of similar background. Applications are due March 18, 2014.

The Institute on Medicine as a Profession (IMAP) and the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation are pleased to announce the continuation of the Education and Training to Professionalism Initiative. Five awards will support faculty-directed educational programs that address one or several of the critical components of medical professionalism. Grants will be provided for a two-year period at $25,000 per year. The proposal deadline has been extended to April 11, 2014.
 
A call for proposals has been issued by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for Public Health Law Research: Making the Case for Laws That Improve Health. The goal of this program is to build the evidence for and increase the use of effective regulatory, legal and policy solutions—whether statutes, regulations, case law or other policies—to protect and improve population health and the public health system.  Proposals are due April 15, 2014.
 
AAMC invites nominations for the David E. Rogers Award. The annual $10,000 award recognizes a medical school faculty member who has made major contributions to improving the health and health care of the American people. The nomination deadline is May 2, 2014.

News

Under a proposed constitutional amendment, California voters would reconsider affirmative action programs at the University of California and California State University systems on the November ballot.
 
Diversity is immensely valuable to any higher education institution, but not all universities and colleges are successful or even aware of how to recruit a diverse student population. John LaBrie, dean and vice president for Professional Education at Northeastern University College of Professional Studies shares his insights into this topic in an interview with Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.
 
A majority of colleges attribute little or no importance to students’ race and ethnicity or first-generation status when reviewing applications, according to survey findings from the National Association for College Admission Counseling.
 
Virginia Commonwealth University has received a five-year grant totaling nearly $1.5 million to enhance teaching and advising at VCU and two local community colleges. The ultimate goal of the grant from the National Institutes of Health is to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups in careers in biomedical and behavioral research.
 
Temple University hopes to help students graduate on time by offering grants to low-income students who agree to limit their outside work hours.
 
Does design thinking have a place in health care? Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO, and Nicholas LaRusso, M.D., former Medical Director of the Center for Innovation, discuss the similarities and differences about science, design and the importance of design thinking in health care.
 
Ten large drug companies that rarely share their secrets agreed to work together with the National Institutes of Health to find cures for a number of major diseases including diabetes and Alzheimer’s. The project will last five years, cost $230 million and at the end, all the findings will be free for anyone to use.
   
The Urban Institute’s Health Policy Center has calculated metro-level numbers from states that refused the Medicaid expansion, and the results are staggering.

Upcoming Events

The American Interprofessional Health Collaborative will hold a webinar on Tuesday, March 4, from 2:30-3:30pm Eastern Time on developing interprofessional educational collaboration across multiple institutions (Universities, Professional Schools, Clinics, & Health Systems).
 
On Wednesday, March 5, from 6:00-7:00pm Eastern Time, the Rockefeller University Hospital and Heilbrunn Family Center for Research Nursing will hold a webcast on implementation of evidence-based nursing and implications for leadership, education, and practice.
 
National Hispanic Medical Association annual conference will be held on March 28-30, 2014 in Washington, DC. The theme this year is the “Affordable Care Act & Best Practices for Hispanics”
 
The Leadership Learning Community will hold an in-person workshop entitled “Tools for Transformation: Supporting inclusive, networked, and collective leadership,” at the California Endowment in Oakland, CA on May 5-7, 2014.
 
Save the date for the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU) Summer Meeting on June 23-24, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Publications and Resources

See what you've missed at the 2014 Diversity and Inclusion Seminar Series hosted by the University of Cincinnati’s Academic Health Center deans. Two sessions remain in this February series, and video recordings of the first two sessions are available.
 
The Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce program has launched a new online discussion forum to stimulate conversations about novel and creative strategies needed to engage a diverse student pool in the early phases of biomedical research training, sustain their interest, and enable success at each career phase.
 
AAMC has launched the Public Health in Medical Education Online Community of Practice through its cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  This online community provides an interactive forum for medical educators to explore innovations and share resources to promote increased public health awareness along the continuum of medical education.  Space is limited.  Please e-mail Sherese Johnson at to learn more information or join the community.
 
The American Journal of Nursing recently published an article examining whether foreign-educated nurses believed they were treated equitably in the US workplace from 2003 to 2007. The researchers found that 51% of respondents reported receiving insufficient orientation and 40% reported at least one discriminatory practice with regard to wages, benefits, or shift or unit assignments. Those educated in low-income countries and those recruited by staffing agencies were more likely to report inequitable treatment compared to their U.S. counterparts.
 
Innovative workforce models are being developed and implemented to meet the changing demands of primary care. A literature review was conducted to construct a typology of workforce models used by primary care practices, and five key workforce innovation concepts emerged: team care, population focus, additional resource support, creating workforce connections, and role change.

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