183486 Development of a Pipeline Project to Increase Student Led Research Projects in Health Disparities

Monday, October 27, 2008: 12:45 PM

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
Jessica D. Bellinger, PhD, MPH , University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
Crystal Piper, MPH, MHA, PhD , Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, Institute for Health Disparities, Columbia, SC
Edith M. Williams, PhD, MS , Institute for Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
Saundra Glover, MBA, PhD , Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
Brandi Wright, MPH , Arnold School of Public Health - Health Services Policy Management, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
The Institute for Health Disparities W.K. Kellogg African American Public Health Fellowship and Development Program was developed to increase interactive translational health disparities research and practice among faculty and students from the University of South Carolina and South Carolina's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Current Institute projects include student development programs, research development and training, and community outreach and support programs.

HBCU students were matched with an experienced “Research Partner” and expected to develop a research proposal based on secondary data analysis.

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 and extracting data from a large national data set

4. creating an analysis plan according to hypotheses and,

5. developing conclusions based on their findings

Our results yielded two important findings. First, mentoring is a key component of undergraduate research development. Concepts were better understood through the individualized mentoring process than in the classroom alone. Resulting student presentations from each HBCU will be shared to highlight student accomplishments. In more detail, the findings from two student led projects on the influence of risk factors on racial disparities that exist in obesity/overweight status for adults and children will be shared.

Learning Objectives:
• To identify a framework that will increase undergraduate student’s knowledge, understanding, and conducting of health disparities research in the field of public health. • To understand the steps of developing a pipeline process that will link high school, undergraduate, graduate, and professionals in the field of public health that will increase human capital. • To discuss findings from a student led health disparities research.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I worked with the pipeline project as an instructor and mentor for student led research projects
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.