A community-engaged cardiovascular health disparities research training curriculum: Implementation and preliminary outcomes

Sherita Hill Golden, Tanjala Purnell, Jennifer P. Halbert, Richard Matens, Edgar R.Pete Miller, David M. Levine, Tam H. Nguyen, Kimberly A. Gudzune, Deidra C. Crews, Mankekolo Mahlangu-Ngcobo, Lisa A. Cooper

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Abstract

To overcome cardiovascular disease (CVD) disparities impacting highrisk populations, it is critical to train researchers and leaders in conducting community-engaged CVD disparities research. The authors summarize the key elements, implementation, and preliminary outcomes of the CVD Disparities Fellowship and Summer Internship Programs at the Johns Hopkins University Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Bloomberg School of Public Health. In 2010, program faculty and coordinators established a transdisciplinary CVD disparities training and career development fellowship program for scientific investigators who desire to conduct community-engaged clinical and translational disparities research. The program was developed to enhance mentorship support and research training for faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and predoctoral students interested in conducting CVD disparities research. A CVD Disparities Summer Internship Program for undergraduate and preprofessional students was also created to provide a broad experience in public health and health disparities in Baltimore, Maryland, with a focus on CVD. Since 2010, 39 predoctoral, postdoctoral, and faculty fellows have completed the program. Participating fellows have published disparities-related research and given presentations both nationally and internationally. Five research grant awards have been received by faculty fellows. Eight undergraduates, one postbaccalaureate, and two medical professional students representing seven universities have participated in the summer undergraduate internship. Over half of the undergraduate students are applying to or have been accepted into medical or graduate school. The tailored CVD health disparities training curriculum has been successful at equipping varying levels of trainees (from undergraduate students to faculty) with clinical research and public health expertise to conducting communityengaged CVD disparities research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1348-1356
Number of pages9
JournalAcademic Medicine
Volume89
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

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