177673 A Pipeline Project to Enhance Hbcu Student Led Research Projects

Monday, October 27, 2008

Edith M. Williams, PhD, MS , Institute for Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
Jessica D. Bellinger, PhD, MPH , University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
Dayna Campbell, MS, PhD(c) , Dept of Health Services Policy and Management, University of South Carolina, Arnold School of Public Health, Columbia, SC
Bankole A. Olatosi, MPH, PhD , Department of Healthcare Management and Organizational Development, Mount Olive College, Mount Olive, NC
Crystal Piper, MPH, MHA, PhD , Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, Institute for Health Disparities, Columbia, SC
Brandi Wright, MPH , Arnold School of Public Health - Health Services Policy Management, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

The W.K. Kellogg African American Public Health Fellowship and Development Program was initiated in 2003 to build a synergistic research network to increase interactive health disparities research among faculty and students from the University of South Carolina and South Carolina's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).


Program activities include training for HBCU faculty to increase their research efforts on campuses; scholarships and structured training for African-American students at South Carolina's HBCUs who express interest in pursuing careers in public health and health disparities research; and structured activities that introduce high school students to the career development process, academic preparation, health conditions and major diseases that plague the African-American community. As part of research training activities, HBCU students from Claflin University and Morris College were matched with an experienced “Research Partner” and expected to develop a research proposal based on secondary analysis of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data set.


Through this process students were able to critically examine public health issues while gaining an understanding of:

1. developing innovative and measurable research questions

2. conducting a thorough literature review

3. accessing, navigating and extracting data from a large national data set

4. creating an analysis plan according to hypotheses


Mentoring is a key component of undergraduate research development. Resulting student presentations on risk factors for Type II diabetes in older, obese African-American women and risk factors for Type II diabetes in children under 12, will be shared to highlight student accomplishments.

Learning Objectives:
1. To identify a framework for leading students towards the understanding and conducting of research in the field, 2. To understand a pipeline process to link high school, undergraduate, graduate and professionals in public health

Keywords: Students, Public Health Education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a research partner to students in activities described in abstract
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.