Webinar Series: A primer on using regression analysis for understanding health disparities

Webinar Series: A primer on using regression analysis for understanding health disparities

As part of the New Connections webinar series, The Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research (CMMHR) at the Cambridge Health Alliance and New Connections: Increasing Diversity of RWJF Programming hosted a webinar entitled, “A primer on using regression analysis for understanding health and health care disparities”, featuring Dr. Ben Cook.

For more information click here.

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New Connections Brief Proposal Web Applicant Conferences

New Connections Brief Proposal Web Applicant Conferences

New Connections recently held our optional applicant web conferences on March 16 and 17, 2011. These calls were to provide applicants with additional information on the program’s goals, to assist applicants with the brief proposal process, and to offer an opportunity for applicants to ask questions. For those that were unavailable to attend the live event, a recording has been provided. Please follow the links below. We highly encourage prospective applicants to view the web conference relating to the call they intend to send their response.

As a reminder, those invited to submit a full proposal will have the opportunity to attend a second applicant conference call that will be held June 29, 2011 from 3:00–4:30 p.m. ET.

Junior Investigator Applicant Web Conference
March 16, 2011

Midcareer Consultant Applicant Web Conference
March 17, 2011

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New Connections Hosted a Webinar on Tips and Advice for Developing a Successful NIH Grant Proposal

New Connections Hosted a Webinar on Tips and Advice for Developing a Successful NIH Grant Proposal

Webinar Link

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New Connections Round 6 Call for Proposals Now Open!

New Connections Round 6 Call for Proposals Now Open!

We are pleased to announce our Round 6 Call for Proposals for Junior Investigators and Mid-Career Consultants.

For more information and to apply, please visit:

Junior Investigators
Mid-Career Consultants

In this sixth round of call for proposals, New Connections seeks Junior Investigators and Mid-Career Consultants who:

* have been underrepresented in RWJF research and evaluation programming activities and would be first-time grantees to RWJF.
* are historically underrepresented ethnic or racial minorities, first-generation college graduates (i.e., first in their immediate family to receive a college degree), or individuals from low-income communities.

Junior investigators are no more than ten years from the receipt of their doctorate. Junior Investigators are eligible for a two-year grant of up to $75,000.

Mid-Career Consultants are those who have at least ten and no more than fifteen years of experience in research and/or evaluation. Mid-Career Consultants are eligible for a one-year grant of up to $75,000.

Key Dates:
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 – CFP is released
Wednesday, March 16 & 17, 2011 from 3-4:30pm ET- Optional applicant web conference for junior investigators and mid-career consultants. This is an opportunity to answer applicants’ questions, and is highly encouraged.
Thursday, May 5, 2011 by 3pm ET- Brief Proposal is due

We’ve made some changes to the CFP process. For example, we extended the junior investigator eligibility from up to seven years postdoctorate to ten years (as noted above). We also now allow a range of methods for projects from secondary data analysis to mixed methods and even original data collection (if appropriate).

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Healthy Eating Research 2011 Call for Proposals Now Open

Healthy Eating Research 2011 Call for Proposals Now Open

The Healthy Eating Research 2011 call for proposals (CFP) is now open. This funding opportunity is for three types of awards aimed at providing key decision- and policy-makers with evidence to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic.

The three types of funding opportunities included in this CFP are:
• Round 6 grants;
• Rapid-response grants; and
• RWJF New Connections grants awarded through Healthy Eating Research.

This round of funding supports strategic, rigorous, policy-relevant research on a wide range of policy and environmental changes. Target populations include children and adolescents ages 3 to 18 and their families. The Foundation places special emphasis on reaching the children at greatest risk for obesity: Black, Latino, American Indian, Asian/Pacific Islander children, and children who live in lower-income communities.

RWJF New Connections grants through Healthy Eating Research are for new investigators who are from a group that has been historically disadvantaged or underrepresented in research disciplines supported by RWJF, such as people from ethnic or racial minority groups, first-generation college graduates and people from lower-income communities. For the purposes of this CFP, in order to be eligible for the RWJF New Connections grants through Healthy Eating Research, investigators must have completed a doctorate or terminal degree (e.g., Ph.D., M.D., J.D.) within seven years prior to the award date for the grant (after September 1, 2004). Please refer to the CFP for complete eligibility criteria.

Grantees who are awarded RWJF New Connections grants through Healthy Eating Research will become part of a broader network of researchers representing both of these RWJF programs. Grantees will be eligible to participate in all RWJF New Connections and Healthy Eating Research meetings, training and networking events, and technical assistance offerings.

Up to three RWJF New Connections grants will be awarded through the Healthy Eating Research program in this round of funding. Awards will be for 12- to 24-month grants of up to $75,000 each.

Concept papers for RWJF New Connections grants awarded through Healthy Eating Research are due March 10, 2011 at 3 p.m. ET.

To learn more about this funding opportunity and to apply for a grant, please visit the Healthy Eating Research program Web site at www.healthyeatingresearch.org.

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Dr. Earle Chambers examines affordable housing and latinos’ health through a $750,000 grant

Dr. Earle Chambers examines affordable housing and latinos’ health through a $750,000 grant

Dr. Earle Chambers, New Connections alumni, continues to examine the relationship among affordable housing, social environments, and cardiovascular health in Latinos through the Affordable HOME Study – a $750,000 multi-year project funded by the MacArthur Foundation. Click here to learn more.

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Dr. Debra Perez receives Latino Trendsetter Award

Dr. Debra Perez receives Latino Trendsetter Award

New Connections congratulates Dr. Debra Perez on the recognition of her achievements at the 2010 Latino Trendsetter Awards. As a Senior Program Officer at RWJF, Dr. Perez was instrumental in the founding of New Connections. [Read more]

To view photos from the awards banquet, please click here.

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Former Grantee Uses New Connections as a Launching Pad

Former Grantee Uses New Connections as a Launching Pad

Former New Connections recipient, Daphne C. Watkins, Ph.D. (2007-2008), proves that the award is truly a launching pad for other research and career advancement opportunities. Watkins notes that during her New Connections award period, she was able to devote time to establishing her research agenda, polishing her research skills, developing grant applications, and obtaining more experience with and training on gender-specific mental health research. Broadly, Watkins’ research agenda includes an examination of gender disparities in mental health and mental disorders, health education and behavior, and intervention research. Watkins’ New Connections project, titled “Examining the Influence of Psychosocial Factors on the Mental Health of Black Men” explored the mental health of African American men across three age-linked life stages. Two years after being a New Connections grantee, Watkins reports that her New Connections project has resulted in 4 publications in peer-reviewed journals and an additional 2 under review. Also to date, Watkins has been recognized as a leader in research on men and mental health by being elected to the American Men’s Studies Association Board of Directors, being invited to serve on the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Men’s Health, and contributing a chapter to the forthcoming book on the “Social Determinants of Health among African American Men” by Morehouse School of Medicine.

In addition to her publications, Watkins has used her New Connections work on black men and depression to develop two proposals that were successfully funded. She received research support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Michigan (UM) Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG) small grant awards program. The RWJF project involves developing age-specific depression awareness materials for black men and the IRWG project complements this work by collecting qualitative data from black women on depression and help seeking behaviors of the black men in their lives. Additionally, she is currently developing two NIH applications that involve gender-specific depression diagnosis and testing a depression awareness intervention for black men. Both projects build on the secondary data analysis accomplished during her New Connections award period. According to Watkins the “mentoring and momentum” she was able to gain as a New Connections grantee contributed to her success.

Watkins received a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a Ph.D. in Health Education from Texas A&M University. Prior to joining the School of Social Work as an Assistant Professor, Watkins completed a NIMH postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Social Research and a Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) career development award at the University of Michigan Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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New Connections Fourth Annual Symposium streaming video

New Connections Fourth Annual Symposium streaming video

New Connections launched its webinar series on Thursday, June 24, 2010. The first webinar featured Camara Jones, MD, MPH, PhD. Dr. Jones is the Research Director on Social Determinants of Health and Equity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The webinar was entitled “Achieving Health Equity”. A video streaming link to view the webinar can be found here.

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New Connections launched its webinar series on Thursday, June 24, 2010. The first webinar featured Camara Jones, MD, MPH, PhD. Dr. Jones is the Research Director on Social Determinants of Health and Equity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The webinar was entitled “Achieving Health Equity”. A video streaming link to view the webinar can be found here.

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