The Education &Training Core (ETC) of the ARCHD, co-directed by Katharine E. Stewart and Kevin W. Ryan, builds upon the substantial success of our innovative partnerships with the three Historically Black Colleges &Universities (HBCUs) in Arkansas to increase awareness of the fields of public health and disparities research among HBCU students, develop combined BA/MPH and BS/MPH (""""""""4+1"""""""") degree programs that identify talented HBCU undergraduates and facilitate their early entry into graduate study in public health, provide students with crucial research skills, and support mentoring relationships for these students with ARCHD faculty. It also builds upon the successes of the COPH in developing several courses focused on racial disparities, social determinants of health, and community-based public health (CBPH), and in identifying, recruiting, and mentoring African-American graduate students and faculty. Working from these strengths, the ETC's overarching goal during the proposed funding period will be to establish a sustainable infrastructure to support outreach to and development of talented minority scholars at the undergraduate, graduate, post-doctoral, and faculty levels, including increased exposure to coursework in health disparities and CBPH, mentored research experience in these areas, and training in research skills and responsible conduct of research. The Sullivan Commission and Institute of Medicine, among others, have persuasively argued that increasing the representation of under-represented minority (URM) students and faculty in the health professions is a crucial aspect of addressing health disparities (Sullivan Commission, 2004;lOM, 2004), yet African-American scholars remain under-represented at all levels of higher education in public health. This disparity increases from undergraduate degrees through graduate education and into the faculty ranks, so that African-Americans represent only 5% of doctoral-level graduates from public health degree programs (Mitchell &Lassiter, 2006) and only 3% of tenured faculty in accredited schools of public health (ASPH, 2009). However, programs that provide structured support for students and faculty, including involvement of students in research, provision of academic support to students and professional development to faculty, and training in strong instructional strategies, have significantly improved students'enrollment in and completion of graduate degree programs in scientific fields (Clewell, de Cohen, &Tsui, 2010). Thus, the ARCHD ETC proposes a multi-level model of support and professional development for minority scholars in health disparities.

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Yeary, Karen Hye-Cheon Kim; Moore, Page C; Sobal, Jeffery (2018) Religion and Body Weight Among African-American Adults Attempting to Lose Weight: An Exploratory Study. J Relig Health :
Marshall, Sarah Alexandra; Allison, Mary Kathryn; Stewart, Mary Kathryn et al. (2018) Highest Priority Health and Health Care Concerns of Transgender and Nonbinary Individuals in a Southern State. Transgend Health 3:190-200
Stewart, M Kathryn; Spencer, Nicola; Huff Davis, Anna et al. (2018) Developing and Piloting a Community Scientist Academy to Engage Communities and Patients in Research. J Clin Transl Sci 2:73-78
Haynes, Tiffany; Turner, Jerome; Smith, Johnny et al. (2018) Reducing depressive symptoms through behavioral activation in churches: A Hybrid-2 randomized effectiveness-implementation design. Contemp Clin Trials 64:22-29
Yeary, Karen Hye-Cheon Kim; Moore, Page; Turner, Jerome et al. (2018) Feasibility Test of a Community-Relevant Intervention Designed to Promote African American Participation in Translational, Breast Cancer Disparities Research: Know About Health Options for Women (Know HOW). J Cancer Educ 33:29-36
Stewart, M Kathryn; Archie, Dani Smith; Marshall, S Alexandra et al. (2017) Transform Health Arkansas: A Transgender-Led Partnership Engaging Transgender/Non-Binary Arkansans in Defining Health Research Priorities. Prog Community Health Partnersh 11:427-439
Stewart, Katharine E; Wright, Patricia B; Montgomery, Brooke E E et al. (2017) Reducing Risky Sex among Rural African American Cocaine Users: A Controlled Trial. J Health Care Poor Underserved 28:528-547
Long, Christopher R; Stewart, M Kathryn; McElfish, Pearl A (2017) Health research participants are not receiving research results: a collaborative solution is needed. Trials 18:449
Bachelder, Ashley E; Stewart, M Kate; Felix, Holly C et al. (2016) Health Complaints Associated with Poor Rental Housing Conditions in Arkansas: The Only State without a Landlord's Implied Warranty of Habitability. Front Public Health 4:263
Rutledge, Thomas; Kenkre, Tanya S; Thompson, Diane V et al. (2016) Psychosocial predictors of long-term mortality among women with suspected myocardial ischemia: the NHLBI-sponsored Women's Ischemia Syndrome Evaluation. J Behav Med 39:687-93

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