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Consortium collaboration leads to NIH grant award

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July 27, 2015

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) awards an Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) R15 grant to researchers from the University of Detroit Mercy and Wayne State University. 

Dr. Kristen AbrahamThe focus of this grant is to study individual and social factors that contribute to health disparities among people with serious mental illnesses receiving care at community mental health centers in Detroit

Principle Investigator, Dr. Kristen Abraham from the University of Detroit Mercy Department of Psychology, formed a collaboration with Dr. Heather Dillaway from Wayne State University as a as a result of working with her on the ReBUILDetroit NIH grant.

“Dr. Dillaway and I are part of the Health Disparities Research Collaboration Network with ReBUILDetroit,” says Abraham.  “I invited her to join the project as Co-Investigator because of her expertise in the area of health disparities and qualitative research methods.”

Dr. Cheryl Munday from the Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts and Education and Dr. Carla Groh from the College of Health Professions, MacAuley School of Nursing at the University of Detroit Mercy are Co-Investigators who bring additional expertise related to race, physical and mental health, and healthcare.

R15 grants are award to enhance the research infrastructure of institutions that have not historically received large amounts of NIH funding.  In evaluating this proposal, the NIH acknowledged the University of Detroit Mercy’s role in the consortium created under ReBUILDetroit and noted that undergraduate student training in health disparities through the project "could have a positive impact on the goals of the consortium." 

One of ReBUILDetroit’s goals is for scholars to gain direct participation in scientific discovery early in their undergraduate careers.  This experience will prepare them for graduate study and in-demand careers in the biomedical sciences. 

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