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LAUNCH - Faculty Mentoring Program

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    LAUNCH: a faculty mentoring program  focused on the development of skills useful to racial/ethnic minority faculty as well as others interested in health disparities/health equity research. It is designed to be a compliment to other mentoring programs. Currently, faculty are able to receive guidance and support through its Diversity Supplement Program.

    Maximizing the  NIH Research Diversity Supplement Program through 
     LAUNCH's Diversity Supplement Program

    • LAUNCH will match interested faculty members with NIH grants eligible for diversity supplements with early career faculty from underrepresented groups who meet NIH eligibility requirements. 
    • MACHE staff will work with the pair throughout the process and will collaborate with the Office of Research to:
    • Develop a competitive grant proposal
    • Provide a letters of Support
    • Provide critical review of applications
    • Continued support of awardee pairs

    Click on this link, NIH Research Diversity Supplement Program,  to learn more about this NIH program.

    Additional LAUNCH programs and activities will be made available as the need arises. Please stay tuned for more exciting LAUNCH developments!

    If you are interested in pursuing a Diversity Supplement and/or would like to learn more about LAUNCH, please contact Ms. Montez Lane, Research Education and Training Core Program Manager, 336-713-5066 or

    LAUNCH is chaired by Dr. Brenda Latham-Sadler.


Newly Published Article in Academic Medicine by
Current and Former MACHE Faculty and Staff


Mentoring Programs for Underrepresented Minority Faculty in Academic Medical Centers: A Systematic Review of the Literature.
Beech BM, Calles-Escandon J, Hairston KG, Langdon SE, Latham-Sadler BA, Bell RA.

Mentoring is critical for career advancement in academic medicine, specifically for underrepresented minority faculty (URM) who typically receive less mentoring than their nonminority peers.  A comprehensive review of the literature uncovered 13 programs that were reviewed to identify "promising practices". It was concluded that institutionally supported mentoring programs for URM faculty is pertinent due to the unique challenges they often face in their career. Read the article to learn more.

The article was a collaborative effort of Bettina Beech, DrPH, Kristen Hairston, MD, MPH, Brenda Latham-Sadler, MD, Ronny Bell, PhD, MS, Jorge Calles- Escandon, MD, and Sarah Langdon, MPH.


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