The Investigator Development Core (IDC) of the Deep South RCMAR is designed to build research capacity in minority aging and health disparities research among investigators from different fields in four partnering institutions (Morehouse School of Medicine, Tuskegee University, the University of Alabama, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham). The core will consist of (1) a formal Health Disparities Research Training Program, which provides training in the basic tools of socil, behavioral, clinical and outcomes research, complemented by a mentored research experience, (2) a Pilot Grant Program offering funding, mentoring, and guidance for the development and implementation of small-scale studies;and (3) diversity supplements for a small number of Scholars to assist them in establishing independent research careers in minority aging and health disparities.
The specific aims of the IDC are to (1) build research capacity and increase the diversity of the workforce through the education of a diverse group of faculty scholars, (2) build research capacity through individualized mentoring by a senior investigator, opportunities to work on multidisciplinary teams, and working with scholars to present and publish their research findings in collaboration with their mentor(s), and (3) build research capacity through research funding. The proposed partnership is an ideal setting for proposed work given (1) the large pool of well established mentors with a long track record of successful mentoring activities and research record in aging and/or health disparities, who offer many opportunities to participate in large, collaborative, multidisciplinary research programs;and (2) the large pool of minority faculty and students at the, partnering institutions who could benefit from the resources provided through proposed Deep South RCMAR. We will continue to evaluate the program through process, impact, and outcome evaluations.

Public Health Relevance

The goal of the IDC is to identify, engage, and mentor outstanding diverse faculty committed to academic careers in health disparities and aging research. The IDC provides support for pilot projects, expertise in the recruitment and retention of older African Americans in research, and expertise in measurement and analysis, with the goal of eliminating health disparities through improving minority health.

National Institute of Health (NIH)
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
Center Core Grants (P30)
Project #
Application #
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZAG1-ZIJ-3)
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
Budget End
Support Year
Fiscal Year
Total Cost
Indirect Cost
University of Alabama Birmingham
United States
Zip Code
Kim, Giyeon; Shim, Ruth; Ford, Katy L et al. (2015) The relation between diabetes self-efficacy and psychological distress among older adults: do racial and ethnic differences exist? J Aging Health 27:320-33
Caplan, Lee; Sawyer, Patricia; Holt, Cheryl et al. (2014) Religiosity After a Diagnosis of Cancer Among Older Adults. J Relig Spiritual Aging 26:357-369
White, Laura; Ford, Matthew P; Brown, Cynthia J et al. (2014) Facilitating the use of implicit memory and learning in the physical therapy management of individuals with Alzheimer disease: a case series. J Geriatr Phys Ther 37:35-44
Sadasivam, Rajani S; Luger, Tana M; Coley, Heather L et al. (2014) Robot-assisted home hazard assessment for fall prevention: a feasibility study. J Telemed Telecare 20:3-10
Kim, Giyeon; Parmelee, Patricia; DeCoster, Jamie et al. (2014) The relation between body mass index and self-rated mental health among older adults: do racial/ethnic differences exist? Am J Geriatr Psychiatry 22:661-9
Bowling, C Barrett; Muntner, Paul; Sawyer, Patricia et al. (2014) Community mobility among older adults with reduced kidney function: a study of life-space. Am J Kidney Dis 63:429-36
Petrov, Megan E; Sawyer, Patricia; Kennedy, Richard et al. (2014) Benzodiazepine (BZD) use in community-dwelling older adults: Longitudinal associations with mobility, functioning, and pain. Arch Gerontol Geriatr 59:331-7
Pisu, Maria; Martin, Michelle Y; Shewchuk, Richard et al. (2014) Dealing with the financial burden of cancer: perspectives of older breast cancer survivors. Support Care Cancer 22:3045-52
Kim, Giyeon; Parton, Jason M; Ford, Katy-Lauren et al. (2014) Geographic and racial-ethnic differences in satisfaction with and perceived benefits of mental health services. Psychiatr Serv 65:1474-82
Kutner, Nancy G; Zhang, Rebecca; Allman, Richard M et al. (2014) Correlates of ADL difficulty in a large hemodialysis cohort. Hemodial Int 18:70-7

Showing the most recent 10 out of 43 publications