The MMHI-CRECH Research Partnership for a Summer Internship Program developed with the Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture, and Health at the University of Michigan School of Public Health to provide training in health disparities research for two months with opportunities for exposure to different aspects of the Fathers and Sons Program. Research training was provided for two undergraduate students from Hampton University. The services provided for this summer research immersion program included program design, research mentoring, reviewing the literature, writing research hypothesis, developing conceptual models, research methodology workshops, data analysis sessions, scientific writing workshops, relevant research presentations focused on the health of African American men, ethics workshops, participation in Fathers and Sons Project research meetings, research poster development, research presentation skills and exposure to biomedical research careers. Funding for these services was requested from the Minority Men’s Health Initiative (MMHI) at Hampton University.
Minority Men’s Health Initiative
Hampton University serves as the lead institution for the Hampton University (HU)-Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center (TCC) for research on minority men's health. The Hampton University TCC (HU-TCC), alternatively known as the Hampton University Minority Men's Health Initiative (MMHI), takes a comprehensive and meaningful approach to narrowing the gender gap of health disparities by harnessing the resources and expertise of historically black colleges and universities. These HBCUs will collaborate in developing, advancing and implementing innovative transdisciplinary cross-tiered research that includes intervention components of education, training, and outreach to effectively and efficiently reduce health disparities in minority men. The Hampton University Minority Men’s Health Initiative will develop translational research models that are sustainable and transferable across communities, regions and the nation. To this end, integrated research partnerships have been forged in the following areas: cancer (Clark Atlanta University and Hampton University), cardiovascular disease (Jackson State University and Hampton University), violence prevention (Hampton University and Howard University), and diabetes and obesity (North Carolina A&T State University and Saint Augustine’s University). Hampton University Minority Men’s Health Initiative is devoted to increasing research infrastructure and capacity of its partnering historically black colleges and universities.
Funding: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) (U54 MD 008621 01)