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Training and Career Development

POSTPONED:  Johns Hopkins Summer Institute on Health Equity Research

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we have made the decision to postpone until fall the Johns Hopkins Summer Institute for Health Equity Research -- a new, 2-day learning institute that the Center has worked to develop over the past six years. We are working with the Institute’s faculty to identify dates that work best for everyone in fall 2016. The course will feature medical professionals and public health researchers with substantial experience in health equity research. Course participants will have the opportunity to network with our faculty and other health equity researchers. The course primarily aims to highlight best practices in health equity research methods and key lessons from our experiences.   

When the date is determined for the Fall Institute on Health Equity Research, we hope you will consider registering for this course in the fall. 

Here is a link to the earlier version of the course brochure.  For further information or any questions, please contact Joy Mays ( or phone 410-614-2412.

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Tanjala Purnell Appointed as Training Director

Our Center is pleased to announce that Tanjala Purnell, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Surgery and a former Center fellow, has recently been appointed Training Director.  We welcome her to this position, and are confident that she will lead with distinction. Tanjala was selected as one of the National Minority Quality Forum's "40 Under 40" leaders in minority health. This award was established to honor influential young minority leaders making a difference in healthcare. Tanjala also was awarded the "Rothman Early Career Development Award for Surgical Research" at Johns Hopkins for her research project on patient-centered research to improve equity in access to kidney transplantation. Additionally, her research on narrowing racial disparities in kidney transplantation outcomes was recently headlined in the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) e-News section and the lead story for the ASN Bulletin. Our Center congratulates Tanjala for receiving these prestigious awards.

As one of three cores that support the Center, the Training Core facilitates the interaction of trainees and faculty to achieve the following goals:

  • To offer training in cardiovascular health disparities research
  • To provide mentoring from senior faculty
  • To provide funds to support trainees research projects and salary support for faculty fellows

We devote considerable time and resources to training the next generation of cardiovascular health disparities researchers to ensure a lasting legacy for the work of our Center. We provide opportunities to those seeking training in cardiovascular disparities research at all levels of experience, from undergraduates all the way to senior faculty.

We’re very proud of the trainees that have been part of our programs. Twenty-seven trainees have been accepted into our various programs since 2010. Already several alumni have gone on to prestigious fellowships, and two have obtained academic positions to conduct disparities research. All three of our faculty trainees have obtained federal and private funding to conduct health disparities research.

We invite you to use the links on the left to explore our training programs. 







Dr. Cooper and research fellow Joe Landavaso




Tanjala Purnell

        Dr. Tanjala Purnell



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