Research Training and Education Core
Between 2002-2004, three landmark reports were published that documented the existence and persistence of racial and ethnic disparities in health care (Unequal Treatment) and the critical state of the American health professions workforce due to its lack of diversity (Missing Persons: Minorities in the Health Professions and The Nation's Compelling Interest: Ensuring Diversity in the Health Care Workforce) (Smedley et al, 2004; Sullivan Commission, 2004; Smedley et al, 2004). [YML1] Central to each report was the recognition of the link between health disparities and the underrepresentation of minorities in the health professions, and the associated recommendations to increase diversity in the health professions.
Through the Center of Excellence grant from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities, the Research Training and Education Core (RTEC) of the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity (MACHE) will utilize the recommendations from these reports to identify, select, implement, evaluate, and maintain the health professional educational pipeline and mentorship programs that are critical to improve the racial/ethnic diversity of the healthcare profession. In addition, the RTEC hopes to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in health and healthcare by fostering career development of underrepresented faculty at Wake Forest School of Medicine (WFSM), and by increasing the number of minority students who join health care careers. The MACHE RTEC also plans to enhance the environment at WFSM to attract, embrace, and nurture all faculty and medical students, regardless of race/ethnicity.
RTEC will pursue these goals through the following Specific Aims:
Specific Aim 1: Maintain and enhance internal and external collaborations to increase the awareness of, and interest in, health professional career opportunities among racial/ethnic minority students in high school, college, graduate and medical school. This Aim is being led by Kristen Hairston, MD. MPH, , Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine (Endocrinology).
Specific Aim 2: Develop, implement, and evaluate a one-year health disparities research training and education program for racial/ethnic minority junior faculty at Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston Salem State University, North Carolina Agriculture and Technology (NCA&T), and Livingstone College. This aim is being led by Sonia Crandall, PhD, MS, Professor of Family and Community Medicine and Physician Assistant Studies.
Specific Aim 3: Collaborate with the staff, faculty, and institutional leadership to improve the institutional diversity at WFSM by creating and evaluating targeted mentoring programs for racial/ethnic minority junior faculty, with the goal of increasing the numbers of individuals committed to a career in health disparities/health equity research. This aim, LAUNCH, is led by Brenda Latham-Sadler, MD (give full credentials).
For questions or to learn more about RTEC, please contact Montez Lane, RTEC Program Manager, at 336-713-5066 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Center Awards First Post Baccalaureate Scholarship
Fernandino Vilson and Keith Henry have been awarded the first Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity Post Baccalaureate Scholarship.
The scholarship was established to provide a scholarship to post baccalaureate students attending the Wake Forest Graduate School of Arts and Sciences who help achieve and sustain the diversity of the student body. The Research, Training, and Education Core (RTEC) of the Center awards the scholarship(s) based upon financial need, academic performance, demonstrated leadership, and the commitment to complete a service or scholarly project and assist with summer camp activities designed to increase diversity in health professions.
Fernandino (Dino) Vilson went to St. Mary's College of Maryland where he received a bachelors in art in Biology and a minor in Neuroscience. He was a mentor and orientation leader in college. After graduation he worked as a research assistant for Dr. Steven Bernstein MD/PhD at the University of MD School of Medicine department of ophthalmology. Dino co- authored a paper that was published in the Archives of Ophthalmology December 2011 titled "Cellular Inflammation in Nonarteritic Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy and Its Primate Model". Currently, he is a student in the post baccalaureate premedical program at Wake Forest School of Medicine.
Keith Henry is a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama and is currently enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Program at Wake Forest School of Medicine. Keith received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Alabama. He intends to pursue a career in emergency medicine.