|Maternal and Child Health receives federal training grant to address health disparities|
|September 28, 2006|
The Department of Maternal and Child Health has received a federal grant enabling the launch of a new doctoral training program in applied epidemiology aimed at addressing health inequities. The Health Resources and Services Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), awarded the department $26,000 per year for three years to train at least one PhD or DrPH student per year.
"The grant support will further enhance our ability to attract and retain high-caliber students committed to advancing maternal and child health epidemiology and its impact on health policy, health care, and the health status of people in the state and across the country," said Herbert Peterson, MD, chair of the department.
The goal of the training is to increase the number of
researchers working with maternal and child
health agencies to produce promising new research for reducing health
disparities among racial and ethnic minority and underserved women in
the United States. All supported maternal and child health
will minor in epidemiology and complete a certificate in health
According to the DHHS' Healthy People 2010 report, one of the goals of DHHS is to eliminate health inequities for vulnerable population groups. Peterson says he is pleased that maternal and child health professionals will continue to develop effective strategies for reducing those inequities.
The training program will begin this month under the direction of principal investigator and clinical associate professor, Dr. Vijaya Hogan. Stephanie Moultrie, a third-year doctoral student and Dara Hall-Mendez, a second-year student, will receive support from the grant during the coming year.
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|Last updated September 28, 2006|