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Grants, Scholarships & Awards

SUNY Impact Foundation awards Downstate over $37,000 to create pipeline program

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The Office of Diversity Education and Research and the Office of Financial Aid at Downstate have been awarded a $38,000 SUNY Impact Foundation grant to reinstitute a STEM exposure program targeting first and second year undergraduate students.

The Exploring Health Careers (EHC) Program will be led by principal investigators: Anika Daniels-Osaze, Ed.D.—Director of Diversity Education and Research, and Farah Burnett, MS—Director of Financial Aid.

EHC is an initiative to expose SUNY students in the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) to a variety of careers in healthcare and all of the academic programs offered at SUNY Downstate. Over the course of a 6-week summer session, students participated in introductory coursework, academic development workshops, research presentations, and shadowing opportunities in clinics at Downstate, as well as at affiliated sites. For our first year we had a total of 13 students. Next year, the program will expand to accommodate 25 students.

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Health Career Opportunity Program (HCOP) Academy

SUNY Downstate Awarded $3.2 million from the Health Resources and Services Administration

hcopSUNY Downstate Health Sciences University has been awarded a 5-year federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in the total amount of $3.2 million. The HCOP Academy is a collaboration between the Office of Diversity Education and Research and the Arthur Ashe Institute of Urban Health (AAIUH). 

The HCOP Academy will be led by principal investigator, Anika Daniels-Osaze, Ed.D., Director of Diversity Education and Research, Co-PIs, Carla Boutin-Foster, MD, MS, Associate Dean for Diversity Education and Research, Marilyn Fraser, MD, Chief Executive Officer of the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, and the Associate Executive Director for Health Science Education, Mary Valmont, PhD.

The HCOP Academy will attract, recruit, and retain economically and educationally disadvantaged students into health profession careers by supporting several initiatives to increase diversity through partnerships with SUNY and CUNY institutions. It also provides scholarships to support students entering the College of Medicine and the College of Health Related Professions who demonstrate need.

The Academy has allowed us to reinstitute a high school program that is geared towards preparing students for STEM majors in college. It has also helped us to expand a program that allows undergraduate students to explore over 15 different careers in health care through classroom presentations and clinical shadowing. In addition, the Academy provides a guaranteed acceptance to students interested in becoming physicians through SUNY Downstate’s College of Medicine. Finally, the Academy will allow us to continue a Post-Baccalaureate program for premedical students and expand a pre-matriculation program for accepted students. Over the period of 5 years, we will have served a total of 575 students through these initiatives.

Summer Program in Translational Disparities and Community Engaged Research (SPRINTER):

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The Summer Program in Translational Disparities and Community Engaged Research (SPRINTER) is a part of the NIH Endowment Translational Program of Health Disparities Research Training (TRANSPORT) Grant. The goal is to motivate and excite students who have the prospect of a career in biomedical research. Over a period of 7-weeks, undergraduate students are exposed to principles of health disparities and translational research through hands-on research experience, discussions on social determinants of health, networking opportunities, community engagement and outreach opportunities. Students also attended weekly lectures on an introduction to basic and clinical science research techniques. This first year of SPRINTER included five students from partnering schools, Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn College, and SUNY Albany, along with a student from Spelman College. All final research projects were presented during the SPRINTER research symposium.

SPRINTER Provides:

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  • Hands-on
  • Research methodology skills
  • Discussions on social determinants of health
  • Journal club discussions
  • Networking opportunities
  • Community engagement and outreach opportunities
  • Training in basic science techniques
  • Public Speaking/ Research presentation skills

2018 SPRINTER Fellows:

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  • ADIA BENJAMIN, Spelman College
    Project: A study to reduce sodium intake (Survey Validity)
    Mentor: Dr. Carla Boutin-Foster
  • ABEERA KAHLID, Medgar Evers College
    Project: A study to reduce sodium intake (Barriers to Adherence)
    Mentor: Dr. Carla Boutin-Foster
  • JORGE LATA, Brooklyn College
    Project: A study to reduce sodium intake (Social Support)
    Mentor: Dr. Carla Boutin-Foster
  • CHRIS DESROSIN, University at Albany
    Project: Overdiagnosis of Psychosis in African Americans
    Mentor: Dr. Michele T. Pato
  • JENESSA GEORGE, University at Albany
    Project: Frailty and Dementia in Older Adults: a Cross-Sectional Study.
    Mentor: Dr. Michael Reinhardt
  • JAILENE PAREDES, CUNY Brooklyn College
    Project: Comparing Life Births of African American Women Having Schizophrenia or Bipolar.
    Mentor: Dr. Michele T. Pato