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Mon, Jan 22, 2018, noon: Narayan Sastry

RWJF Diversity in Health Policy Research

a PSC Research Project

Investigators:   Harold W. Neighbors, Daniel Eisenberg, Cleopatra Howard Caldwell, Gretchen A. Piatt

A driving vision of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is to build a Culture of Health for nation, enabling everyone to lead longer and more healthy lives. Johns Hopkins University (JHU) proposes to serve as national leadership program center for Robert Wood Johnson Foundation?s Leadership Programs. We propose to cooperate and share resources across the programs to produce administrative and budgetary efficiency. The RWJF Diversity in Health Policy Research (DHPR) at JHU will develop a national network of scholars from a variety of academic disciplines and training them in the tools of health policy research build a culture of health. We will populate each 50-student cohort with doctoral students from traditionally under-represented groups. In selecting students for the program, we will seek disciplinary balance including students from traditional health policy feeder disciplines (i.e., sociology, political science and economics) and less traditional fields (i.e., communications, urban planning, architect, humanities, and engineering). In addition to the highly experienced faculty of our Department of Health Policy and Management, we will draw faculty and mentors for the DHPR scholars from our partner organizations, including: University of Michigan, UCLA, Mayo Clinic, and AcademyHealth. Students will participate in in-person didactic summer courses, online courses, team-based capstone projects and leadership development workshops. The program will include a summer in Washington, DC meeting and working with policy-makers and leading scholars. The annual meeting will take place at the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting to provide additional opportunities for students to share their work and network with policy-makers and health policy researchers. In addition to their doctoral degree, students in the DPHR will receive a graduate certificate in the culture of health, conferred by JHU. The specific aims are to: (1) Contribute to research and national dialogue on health, health disparities, social determinants of health and health policy; (2) Strengthen research skills, focus, and commitment to community-based interdisciplinary achievement of Culture of Health tenets to create and translate research to inform policy; (3) Understand the importance of engagement with a diverse network of DHPR scholar alumni, RWJF leaders, programs, and researchers, academic, public, non-profit, and private industry leaders during their program and after graduation.

Funding Period: 11/15/2015 to 08/31/2017

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