142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Opening The Doors For Diverse Populations To Health Disparities Research: Reducing Health Disparities Through Research Training, Practice, And Community Partnerships with the Faith Community

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Nicole Vaughn, PhD , School of Public Health, Department of Health Management and Policy, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
Nicole Chisolm, BS , Drexel University School of Public Health, Philadelphia, PA
Shannon Marquez, PhD, MEng , School of Public Health, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
Warren Hilton, Ed.D. , Drexel University School of Public Health, Philadelphia, PA
Crystal Wyatt , School of Public Health, Department of Health Management and Policy, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
The pipeline for individuals from underrepresented populations into careers in health disparities research needs to be expanded (Rosenstock, et al., 2008). As noted by Riegelman, “it has become evident that undergraduates seek and appreciate public health approaches and public health courses” (2007, p. 237). This appreciation by undergraduates has not increased enrollments in graduate education related to health disparities enough to meet the growing need for health disparities researchers. Therefore, there is a need for the creation of “pipeline programs” (ASPH, 2008, p. 20). The Drexel University School of Public Health’s “Opening the Doors for Diverse Populations to Health Disparities Research” Program is focused on addressing the barriers to health disparities science education that socially, economically, and environmentally disadvantaged groups’ experience.  The Opening Doors Program recruits graduate (doctoral and master’s) students in public health programs for 8-months of faculty-mentored research, and undergraduate (juniors and seniors) and medical school students for 10-weeks of faculty-mentored research. All students take part in professional development seminars and ethical/responsible research seminars.Current and ongoing research exploring health disparities among the African-American population has specifically sought to engage faith-based organizations in the implementation of public health interventions. Students work with faith-based organizations to address the disparate impact of pre-diabetes on the African-American population. Using community-based participatory research methods, students work in collaboration with faith leaders to disseminate health promotion and education programs to promote healthy lifestyles, weight loss and reduce risk for chronic disease among African-Americans recruited from Philadelphia’s faith community in two public health interventions.

Learning Areas:

Diversity and culture
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Describe how pipeline programs are still needed for increasing students in health disparities research Explain how the faith community has supported student trainees through two interventions in an urban setting

Keyword(s): College Students, Community-Based Partnership & Collaboration

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I worked with a number of trainees from the beginning of the grant in the role of research mentor and training faculty. I am PI of two of the grants that the student trainees worked on with me with the faith community.
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.