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POSTPONED:  Johns Hopkins Summer Institute on Health Equity Research

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we have made the decision to postpone the Johns Hopkins Summer Institute for Health Equity Research until sometime in the fall. We are working with the Institute’s faculty to identify dates that work best for everyone in the fall. We truly appreciate your interest in this course. Thanks to all who shared their willingness and enthusiasm in helping us plan the course. If possible, please send any dates that you know that you are unavailable to Joy Mays ( as soon as possible.   

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We hope you can participate in the Johns Hopkins Summer Institute in Health Equity Research -- a new, 2-day summer learning institute that the Center has worked to develop over the past six years. It will be held on the campus of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Turner Auditorium) 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.  

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

Faculty member spoke at the 2016 Promoting Healthy Lifestyles Symposium

Tanjala Purnell, M.P.H, Ph.D., spoke at The National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators & National Black Caucus of State Legislators eleventh annual Promoting Healthy Lifestyles Symposium in Boston, Thursday, June 9-12, 2016. The focus of this year’s symposium was on organ transplants, including tissue donation in both African American and Hispanic populations. Overall, legislators had the opportunity to learn and exchange best policies and practices for achieving positive health outcomes in their respective communities. Keep up the great work, Tanjala! 

Call for Mentors for Doctor Diversity Program (DDP)

Deidra Crews, MD, ScM, Associate Professor of Medicine, is calling for mentors for Doctor Diversity Program (DDP). The scholars in this program have graduated from college, generally in a STEM major, and have a >~3.3 GPA. They are all interested in biomedical/health science careers and are planning to pursue MDs or PhDs (or both) in the near future. The program is looking for PIs who can take a DDP scholar onto their team for a period of up to 2 years. The goal is to get the scholars to function much like first year doctoral students/research assistants with scholarly productivity. Scholars have trainee status and will be compensated with a $28,000 stipend and health insurance. The DDP will cover ~50% of the stipend and insurance and the host investigator should cover the remaining ~50% plus research costs. An up to two-year commitment is requested. If interested in mentoring, please contact Dr. Deidra Crews at   

The Center’s Beat: Weekly Update

The Center to Eliminate Cardiovascular Health Disparities publishes a weekly E-newsletter to inform the community regarding the research and training activities that it sponsors. To read last week's newsletter, visit here.

Community Advisory Board (CAB)

The Center is supported by a 30+ member advisory board made up of representatives from community-based organizations, neighborhood associations, universities, government agencies, and patients and health professionals. Board meetings include lunch and convene every four months. Our next CAB meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 from 12-1:30 pm, at the STAR office, 901 N. Milton Ave, Baltimore, MD 21205. 

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