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Training and Career Development

Tanjala Purnell, PhD MPH leads the Training, Education, and Career Development Core. This Core provides transdisciplinary training and mentorship in health disparities and health equity research methods (including a monthly Health Equity Research Seminar and a research methods course, Applications of Innovative Methods for Health Equity Research) for pre-doctoral, post-doctoral, junior faculty, and senior faculty scholars in the Schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing. Our training curriculum uses a transdisciplinary approach that integrates theories, concepts and methods used by our Center investigators. It combines original elements with proven training tools. Along with coursework taken for degree programs, trainees attend monthly sessions covering disparities-specific research lessons learned, research in progress, roundtables with experts, journal clubs and community-based research and service learning experiences.

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

We’re very proud of the trainees who have been a part of our programs. Since 2010, over 60 clinical and public health scholars have participated in our Center’s faculty mentorship and training activities. Several alumni of our program have gone on to prestigious fellowships and/or have obtained new academic positions to conduct health equity research. Many trainees have also obtained federal and private research funding.

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

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lisa Cooper, MD, MPH and research fellow Joe Landavaso

 

 

 

 

 

Tanjala Purnell

      Tanjala Purnell, MD, PhD

 

 

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