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From the National Program Office

We are pleased to share the news that Urban Universities for HEALTH was highlighted in an article by Diverse: Issues in Higher EducationPipeline programs from the University of New Mexico and the University of Cincinnati were featured. 
Our colleagues at AAMC and APLU are preparing for upcoming Annual Meetings: the APLU Annual Meeting will be November 2-4 in Orlando, FL, and the AAMC Annual Meeting will be held November 7-11 in Chicago, IL.  At the APLU meeting, we will hold health-related sessions on the use of holistic admissions in the health professions, and faculty cluster hiring as a tool for increasing diversity, improving institutional climate, and stimulating research on health disparities topics.  Summaries of these sessions are forthcoming after the meeting.
Finally, in case you missed it, Cleveland State University has published a great summary of our October Learning Collaborative meeting

Funding Opportunities

The NIMHD encourages institutions that are eligible to apply for support through the NIH Academic Research Enhancement Awards (AREA) program to submit applications for innovative research projects focused on minority health and health disparities. This initiative also seeks to stimulate interest in health disparities research careers among undergraduate students through hands-on participation in original research. Letters of intent are due December 12, 2014.
Publication Opportunity: Group Processes and Intergroup Relations is seeking manuscript submissions with an explicit focus on health disparities, including related concepts such as minority health and research addressing health equity. Articles for this special issue should be submitted no later than May 1, 2015. Manuscripts should be submitted using the regular GPIR online system, specifying that the submission be for the special issue on Health Disparities.


The NIH has announced the award of approximately $31 million in funding to enhance diversity in the biomedical research workforce.  Five USU institutions were primary recipients of grants through the Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce program: California State University, Long Beach; California State University, Northridge, Portland State University, Morgan State University, and San Francisco State University. Four other USU schools, Arizona State University, the University of Minnesota, the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, and Wayne State University, received funding as partnering institutions.
SUNY Downstate Medical Center announced a new $750,000 initiative targeting urban health disparities and inequities. The President’s Health Disparities Research Fund (HDRF) will focus initially on three areas: 1) fostering research and partnerships that will target the medical and social priorities of the patient base, 2) leveraging campus assets to build collaborations and partnerships with the community for innovative research, and 3) expanding research capacity to enhance Downstate’s role as a lead in collaborative centers for clinical, public health or basic research.
In addition, University Hospital of Brooklyn (at SUNY Downstate Medical Center) has been awarded the 2014 Press Ganey Award for Commitment to Excellence for Continuous Improvement in Patient Satisfaction. Only 20 organizations out of the more than 10,000 healthcare facilities that partner with Press Ganey win the award each year, and Downstate is the only academic medical center being recognized in the Commitment to Excellence category.
Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) and Cleveland State University (CSU) announced the launch of the RN-to-BSN Nursing Continuum, a program designed to provide a smooth transition from Tri-C’s associate degree program to earning a bachelor’s degree at CSU.

The American Medical Association (AMA) introduced a first-of-its-kind resource aimed at helping physicians and other health care providers improve patient access to care. The AMA's Health Workforce Mapper is an interactive tool that illustrates the geographic locations of the health care workforce in each state, including health professional shortage areas, hospital locations, and other related workforce trends.

The media continues to cover the release of findings from the National Study on University Admissions in the Health Professions, conducted by Urban Universities for HEALTH with leadership from the University of Cincinnati. The latest article builds upon the study’s results and discusses how UC is using holistic review to increase diversity at the College of Nursing.
Why do so few black men earn STEM degrees?  A series of recent articles from the Chronicle of Higher Education explored challenges surrounding the need to increase participation of African American males in STEM career fields.  Some educators and policymakers say it’s essential to stop fixating on negative data and start telling the stories of black success. However, the authors of a Chronicle op-ed cautioned that the increased focus on educational attainment of African American males ignores the multiple ways in which black girls and women are also marginalized, and that “Black women routinely fall between the cracks of reports on black men and reports on women.”
The journal Health Affairs reported that Medicaid, which is often criticized, is actually very popular with its customers, who rate it as “equal to or better” than private coverage. Also related to national health care reform: a new study conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 89 percent of Americans surveyed were unaware that open enrollment begins in November, or any time soon.

Upcoming Events

On Tuesday, November 4, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EST, The American Hospital Association wil hold a webinar entitled Integrating Equity and Quality: Implementing Improvement Projects to Address Health Care Disparities.

The AAMC’s Advancing Holistic Review Initiative will hold a webinar, Mapping Your Route: Navigating a Dynamic Policy and Legal Environment in Admissions and Enrollment, on Wednesday, November 19, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EST.

Publications and Resources

The American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM) has just announced the release of the November 2014 Supplement, The Public Health Workforce. Through the AAMC-CDC Cooperative Agreement, Public Health and Community Medicine Instruction and Physician Practice Location, authored by Imam Xierali et. al., examines the association between medical students' perception of their public health and community medicine instruction and practice location in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA).
An AAMC Analysis in Brief  focuses on how interprofessional educational opportunities affect medical students’ understanding of the collaborative care of patients.
This interactive table shows the race, ethnicity, and gender of 20,642,572 students enrolled at 4,725 colleges and universities in the fall of 2012, the latest year for which figures are available.
The Alliance for a Just Society has published a new report on racial disparities in women’s health outcomes.

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