News and updates from the UU-HEALTH Learning Collaborative


From the National Program Office

We are continuing to track the dissemination of our work and publications throughout the media. Our study on holistic review was cited by the American Medical Association in an article on diversity in medical education. Inside Higher Ed cited our study on faculty cluster hiring as a potential source of guidance in their examination of UC Riverside’s struggling cluster initiative, as did the Chronicle of Higher Education in a similar article. Check out the Publications section of our website for access to the original reports!

USU/APLU and seven public research universities recently launched a new, large-scale collaborative effort to accelerate implementation of innovative student success practices. The new initiative, Collaborating for Change, is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and aims to help universities support high-needs and traditionally at-risk students while keeping costs down, re-examining business models, and reaching deeper into local communities.

The University of Cincinnati plans to invest more than $40 million to build and sustain their faculty diversity initiatives. The Strategic Hiring Opportunity Program, Dual Career Assistance Program, and the Cluster Hiring Program have brought more than two dozen new underrepresented minority faculty members into the university community. UC plans to continue these successes with the commitment of new funds. In other news, UC’s President Santa J. Ono recently received a diversity leadership award from the American Council on Education (ACE).

SUNY Downstate Medical Center recently held one of the largest college and career fairs ever in New York City devoted solely to STEM subjects: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Students from 20 high schools and 10 middle schools in Brooklyn attended the event.


Funding Opportunities

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently launched a set of funding opportunities for Health Policy Research Scholars, Clinical Scholars, Health Leaders, and Interdisciplinary Research Leaders. The Foundation held an informational webinar for applicants for all four programs; the recording can be found here. The deadline for receipt of applications is April 19.

Also from RWJF: The Foundation is looking for projects, programs, and models that promote health equity and are aligned with their Culture of Health Action Framework, particularly those approaches that have demonstrated impact but have not been widely tested or implemented in the U.S. Up to $250,000 per grantee is available for up to 18 months. Read more and apply here – the deadline is May 31.

Your nursing students may be interested in HRSA’s NURSE Corps Scholarship Program, which provides scholarships to current nursing students in exchange for two years of service at a health care facility with a critical shortage of nurses. Scholarships cover tuition and fees as well as a monthly support stipend. The deadline to apply is May 5.



An article in Health Affairs explores how hospitals are engaging in community health. Even relatively small investments have been successfully used to impact population health outcomes through the creation of new housing, healthy food, and education programs in underserved communities.

A number of media outlets, including the Atlantic and the Chronicle of Higher Education have covered the results of ACE’s recent survey of university presidents on campus racial climate.  The survey found that presidents have been meeting with student organizers, elevating racial diversity on their list of priorities, and working with student affairs officials to improve racial diversity. On a related note, the University of Missouri system recently hired a new Chief Diversity Officer, Kevin McDonald, who will tackle the challenge of setting a new diversity agenda at institutions facing widespread criticism from students.

More than 50 schools have succeeded in reducing the graduation gap between black and white students. A new report covered by the Atlantic describes their efforts and outlines strategies that -- if brought to scale -- may help other institutions do the same.  

Florida International University president Mark Rosenberg recently announced that he and his wife will donate more than $1 million to support scholarships targeted toward first-generation college students.


Upcoming Events

April is National Minority Health Month! Learn more about how to promote minority health and raise awareness at the HHS Office of Minority Health’s website, Accelerating Health Equity for the Nation.

The 2016 LGBT Health Workforce Conference will take place April 28-30 at Hunter College in New York, NY.

The AAMC Mid-Career Minority Faculty Seminar will be held June 23-25 at the AAMC Learning Center in Washington, DC. This leadership program is designed specifically for individuals at the associate professor level who aspire to leadership positions in academic medicine. Applications are due May 2.

Save the date for the 2016 USU Summer Meeting June 27-28 in Portland, OR. Details are forthcoming.


Publications and Resources

The Institute of Medicine has released two new publications of relevance to our Learning Collaborative: A Framework for Educating Health Professionals to Address the Social Determinants of Health, and Metrics that Matter for Population Health Action: Workshop Summary.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of Minority Health recently released the Mapping Medicare Disparities (MMD) Tool. This interactive mapping tool is designed to help policymakers and practitioners evaluate geographic, racial and ethnic differences in health outcomes.

The Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU)/Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) released a new report, Foiling the Drop Out Trap, which shares innovative completion grant practices designed to help universities retain and graduate more students.

Do free clinic experiences enhance medical students’ commitment to underserved areas? The answer is “yes” – check out AAMC’s Analysis in Brief to find out why. The AAMC also released a new projection of the physician shortage that takes into account existing inequities in health care utilization.

Grantmakers in Health and the Aetna Foundation supported a special supplement to the Stanford Social Innovation Review entitled: Innovations in Health Equity. The supplement contains a collection of articles on new innovations in the field authored by community, public health, and foundation leaders.


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