HERO - Health Equity Research Opportunities

The Health Equity Research Opportunity (HERO) Fellowship Program was designed by a working group consisting of representatives from Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity, Wake Forest School of Medicine and the surrounding Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) such as North Carolina Agriculture and Technical State University, Johnson C. Smith, Winston-Salem State University, North Carolina Central University, and Livingstone College[YML1] .  The overall goal of the HERO fellowship is to provide underrepresented junior faculty with the experience and skills that will ignite their research pursuits focused on health disparities. Because these institutions have an emphasis on teaching some of our brightest and innovative students, the goal is to further inspire teaching faculty to encourage their students to pursue a career in research focused on health disparities.

HEROs is a research collaboration program to provide opportunities for a long-term relationship with senior faculty from the various Wake Forest School of Medicine departments, centers, and partnering organizations to collaborate on a project addressing health disparities.  The 8-week summer research experience is accompanied by three 2-day professional advancement workshops. These workshops will be offered for course credit by Wake Forest University Graduate School at a reduced tuition scholarship for HERO participants. These workshops provide an  are facilitated by faculty from Wake Forest School of Medicine and partnering institutions such as Winston-Salem State University and NC Central University.  Participants are assigned reading materials each workshop session and active learning exercises such as research proposals, group presentations, and active discussions.

Who should apply? Underrepresented minority faculty who have a common interest in biomedical and/education pursuits should apply.  These early-career, post-doctoral faculty members will be recruited from such schools/universities as: Wake Forest University Health Sciences and HBCUs such as North Carolina Agriculture and Technical State University, Johnson C. Smith, Winston-Salem State University, North Carolina Central University, Bennett College, and Livingstone College. 

HERO Fellowship Program Description  

The 2016 HERO Syllabus will be provided soon!

Please apply by 5:00 p.m., January 29, 2016 by submitting the online application.

Eligible faculty should submit an online application and upload the following as instructed:

a)      their curriculum vitae,
b)      a one-page statement indicating why they are interested in the program,
c)       a letter of support from their department Chair providing release time for participation during the academic year,


Identify your research collaborative interest

As instructed in the application, please access the following resources and links to view various faculty and their research interest. In your application, indicate three faculty and their research interest that you would like to work with during the summer. MACHE staff will contact faculty to determine feasibility and best fit. Please do not contact faculty directly.



Please contact Ms. Montez Lane at or 336-713-5066 if you have any questions.











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