UU-HEALTH in the news: articles on holistic review, cluster hiring, and primary care

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From the National Program Office 

The Learning Collaborative is developing the next iteration of a metrics dashboard for key community health workforce measures. We plan to test a subset of the metrics at our next in-person meeting at the University of Cincinnati in October. Outreach to the broader Learning Partners Network continues with engagement in a set of action groups focused on identifying gaps in evidence for institutional strategies that may improve diversity in the health and biomedical research workforce. A presentation of this work is planned for the APLU Annual Meeting on November 15-17 in Indianapolis. A pre-conference workshop to disseminate findings from the faculty cluster hiring study released this spring is also planned (details TBA).

Our demonstration sites continue to make strides with their own on-campus efforts. The University of New Mexico team published an article in the Health Affairs blog on New Mexico’s state-based solution to expanding primary care residencies using Medicaid GME funding and changes to scope of practice guidelines at Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). The UNM Department of Dental Medicine was also awarded a $2.5 million grant from HRSA to develop a special needs dental clinic. The University of Cincinnati was covered by the media earlier this summer, in an article describing how African American and Hispanic enrollment has soared at UC. Finally, Meredith Bond, Co-PI at Cleveland State University, was appointed to a task force on diversity in the biomedical research workforce.
 

Funding Opportunities

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) will award up to $15.5 million in FY 2015 as part of the Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards program. These awards support projects that encourage active integration of patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other healthcare stakeholders as integral members of the patient-centered outcomes research/clinical effectiveness research (PCOR/CER) enterprise. LOIs are due October 1, 2015.
 
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation issued a call for proposals for the 2016 Future of Nursing Scholars program. Schools with research-focused PhD programs in nursing are eligible to apply for the program. Applications are due September 17.
 

News

The UU-HEALTH study on holistic admissions was cited in an article on Nurse.com. Dr. Greer Glazer, PI for the study and Co-PI from the University of Cincinnati, was quoted in a description of the benefits of holistic review for all students: “It exposes the whole class to different individuals with different viewpoints, and the whole group is more open to ideas and perspectives different from their own. They also have much higher rates of cooperation and teamwork and student engagement within the community.”
 
Our study was also cited in a new report by the American Council on Education (ACE), which examines how legal challenges to race-conscious admissions are influencing contemporary admissions practices at selective colleges and universities around the country. Media coverage of the report focused on the various strategies universities are using to increase diversity without affirmative action. The report, entitled Race, Class, and College Access: Achieving Diversity in a Shifting Legal Landscape, is available for download from the ACE website.
 
The UU-HEALTH study on faculty cluster hiring was covered by this month’s issue of University Business. The article described how cluster hiring has been used to increase faculty diversity and improve institutional climate, and included examples from three USU/APLU institutions: Fresno State University, North Carolina State University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
 
A new AAMC report, entitled Altering the Course: Black Males in Medicine, reports that the number of underrepresented minority applicants and graduates of medical schools has largely remained stagnant over the past decade. The study outlines challenges that black males face in academic medicine and identifies keys to student success, including resilience, an adequate support system, and access to quality mentoring.
 
Last month, George Washington University joined the ranks of institutions that have scrapped admissions tests for undergraduate applicants. Their decision underscores a growing trend in test-optional admissions, which stems from research suggesting that standardized tests are a barrier to recruiting disadvantaged students.
 

Upcoming Events

The American Public Health Association will host a webinar entitled Unequal Treatment: Disparities in Access, Quality and Care on August 25, 2:00 p.m. EDT.

The Harvard School of Public Health will host an inaugural forum on population health equity on September 10-11.
 
The AAMC GREAT and GRAND groups will hold a professional development meeting on September 9-12 in Baltimore, MD. Research deans, graduate deans, deans of clinical research, MD-PhD and postdoctoral program leaders, and all those with an interest in advancing biomedical research and research training are invited to attend.
 
Registration is open for the AAMC Annual Meeting on November 6-10 in Baltimore, MD. Registration is also open for the APLU Annual Meeting November 15-17 in Indianapolis, IN.
 

Publications and Resources

A new study from Upstate Medical University found that medical school mission statements may influence student outcomes. Medical schools whose mission statements underscore societal good and a desire to train students for service to at-risk populations are more likely to produce physicians who will enter careers in primary care (such as family medicine) and work in medically underserved areas.
 
LGBT health care professionals who viewed their work environment as inclusive also reported greater personal and professional development, according to a new study published in LGBT Health. The findings demonstrate the value of institutional policies that advance the community's visibility on campus and provide a framework for academic medical centers that want to develop or strengthen such practices.
 
A Pew Research Center study found that over the past year, there has been a marked increase in the percentage of Americans — across racial and ethnic groups — who say that racism is a big problem in society and that the country should continue making changes to ensure racial equity.  
 
Ed Salsberg authored a perspective piece in Academic Medicine in response to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on the Governance and Financing of Graduate Medical Education report calling for an overhaul of the GME financing system. He argues that increased utilization of interprofessional teams and efficiencies resulting from technological innovation have reduced the projected physician shortage – although shortages still exist in some communities and in some specialties.

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