The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has issued its 2015 Annual Message on Building A Culture of Health. The message from Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA, President and Chief Executive Officer may be read in full at the RWJF site. The message relates how they are sharing the vision of building a Culture of Health with people across the country including health care professionals, care providers, educators, policy makers, business leaders, community organizers, faith communities, parents and others.
“But perhaps even more important, we have listened.
We’ve listened as they have told us how they are picturing themselves living in a Culture of Health, and that they are eager to help build the opportunity to get and stay healthier into the everyday actions of their lives. They want to play their part in creating a nation in which one’s ethnicity, income or ZIP code does not hamper the ability to eat fresh food, live on safe streets, sustain emotional and mental well-being, or find and afford health care. They envision schools and workplaces where, instead of sitting all day to learn and work, we can remain active and involved in improving ourselves and the overall well-being of our communities.”
A White Paper produced for the National Science Foundation, “Realizing STEM Equity and Diversity through Higher Education-Community Engagement.” is authored by Ira Harkavy (Netter Center-University of Pennsylvania), Nancy Cantor (Rutgers University-Newark), and Myra Burnett (Spelman College).
The purpose of this white paper is to present a promising approach to advancing equity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through higher education-community engagement. It the authors’ intention that this paper will advance both the understanding and practice in the field by presenting key findings and recommendations for effective higher education-community engagement in STEM.
This paper is the product of a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to the University of Pennsylvania, which supported an international workshop on the role of institutions of higher education in fostering P-20+ community engagement through knowledge production, human capacity building (including broadening participation and the integration of research and education), innovation, and social cohesion. This white paper summarizes the learning and knowledge generated through the international workshop held in the U.S., as well as a second international meeting held in South Africa.
The paper concludes with a series of recommendations, derived from the two international workshops, which, the authors believe, have powerful implications for significantly enhancing STEM equity, driving broader participation, and producing better science. Moreover, the findings in this white paper, the authors also believe, demonstrate the value of learning and collaboration on a global basis for reducing inequalities in STEM in communities throughout the world.
The Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (CICATS) at the University of Connecticut has published the 2014 Year End issue of In Translation, the newsletter that details CICATS programs and events. In this issue of In Translation:
- CICATS Young Innovative Investigator Program – An innovative program aimed at the development of a sustainable academic pipeline that increases diversity among the pool of academic scientists.
- CICATS Health Disparities Science Café – A look into our innovative Science Café featuring a lively open forum discussion of the current state of racial and ethnic health disparities.
- Hartford’s North End Community Tour – CICATS staff join a tour of Hartford’s North End with the Greater YMCA’s REACH Coalition to discuss health disparities in healthy food and lifestyles in the community.
- NIH BUILD Award Overview – In partnership with the University of Texas at El Paso, CICATS created a summer research enrichment and mentoring program at UConn geared toward underrepresented minority students in the southwest region.
- The appointment of Wai Hong Lo, Ph.D., as CICATS’ second Investigator Advocate. Our Investigator Advocates assist in the design and development of research projects and serve as a point of first contact for accessing CICATS services.
- Information on the relocation of the CICATS offices to 195 Farmington Avenue, Farmington CT.
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