Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

North Carolina Nursing Departments Launch Health Disparities Center

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

North Carolina Nursing Departments Launch Health Disparities Center

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DURHAM, N.C.

The Departments of Nursing at North Carolina Central University and Winston-Salem State University and the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill recently launched the Center for Innovation in Health Disparities Research (CIHDR).

The new center is one of eight university-partnered national centers recently funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) and the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) to address disparities in healthcare practice and research. The NINR and the NCMHD are both branches of the National Institutes of Health. More than $1.5 million was awarded to fund the program over a five-year period.

"The intent is to increase the number of minority researchers in health," says Dr. Betty Dennis, NCCU biology chair and administrative core director. "We will match graduate and undergraduate students with skilled researchers. The proposed outcome will be an increase in the number of students in graduate programs and engaged in research."

One central component of the new center is the Research Enrichment and Apprenticeship Program (REAP). REAP will fund pilot studies and develop and implement educational programs designed to promote innovative methodologies in health disparities research. …

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