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Health Equality Research Jam Sessions

The aim of our Health Equity Research Jam Sessions is to provide a forum for faculty and trainees working on health equity research to discuss new research ideas and proposals, research-in-progress, responses to peer review, career development, and collaborations and funding – as well as to be inspired and energized by each other in an informal setting. Jam Sessions are usually held on the fourth Wednesday of each month of the academic year. Light refreshments are provided.

Observerships for Medical Students

We offer 2-4 week observerships for medical residents interested in learning more about the work of our center as well as cardiovascular disease health disparities. The objectives of this rotation are summarized below. 

  1. Explain the Center’s mission, function, and organizational structure
  2. Review the evidence for racial disparities in CVD risk factors and outcomes
  3. Describe multi-level determinants of cardiovascular health disparities
  4. Identify ethical and safety issues in conducting health disparities research
    -- Observe data collection strategies being used in the Center’s research to improve understanding of the contributors to cardiovascular health disparities
    -- Explore and describe at least one intervention strategy to reduce cardiovascular health disparities that is being tested in the Center’s research
  5. Observe practical methods for promoting partnerships between academic institutions, communities, public health agencies, and community-based organizations and generating community and organizational support for health disparities research.

Trainees engaged in exploratory research electives must complete 4/5 objectives depending on the length of the elective.


Reading List:

  • Wong MD, Shapiro MF, Boscardin WJ, Ettner SL. Contribution of major diseases to disparities in mortality. N Engl J Med. 2002;347(20):1585-1592.
  • Egan BM, Zhao Y, Axon RN. US trends in prevalence, awareness, treatment, and control of hypertension, 1988-2008. JAMA. 2010 May 26;303(20):2043-50. PubMed PMID: 20501926
  • Cooper LA. A 41-year-old African-American man with poorly controlled hypertension: review of patient and physician factors related to hypertension treatment adherence. JAMA 2009;301 (12):1260-1273.
  • Smedley BD, Stith AY, Nelson AR, eds. Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities In Health Care. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press; 2003.
  • Israel BA, Schulz AJ, Parker EA, Becker AB. Review of community-based research: assessing partnership approaches to improve public health. Annu Rev Public Health. 1998;19:173-202. 
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