Primary Care Research Fellowship at UW

The University of Wisconsin Primary Care Research Fellowship is recruiting new fellows to start in the summer of 2022.

This post-doctoral research fellowship is administratively housed within the UW Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. The fellowship has been continuously funded by the Health Resources and Service Administration as a T32 for over 20 years, and typically supports 2 years of research career training. Research project completion, published papers, and grant proposals are the main goals for fellows.

The fellowship is open to physicians or PhD-level health professionals aiming for research-centered careers who could benefit from 2 years of protected time, mentorship and research support. Areas of scholarly focus should be related to primary care, but are otherwise not restricted. They especially like fellows aiming for NIH funding, and have trained several who have received K-grants, R-grants, or other prestigious awards.

For full consideration, the deadline to apply through the site linked below is November 1, 2021

For more information, feel free to reach out to any member of our leadership team:

Please share broadly to help attract great candidates!

Opportunity at MSU Center for American Indian and Rural Health Equity

Montana State University is seeking a Research Coordinator for an exciting project out of the Center for American Indian and Rural Health Equity (CAIRHE)!

Monica C. Skewes, PhD, received a five-year, $3.2 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and is seeking a Research Coordinator to help execute a Community Based Participatory Research project focused on substance use treatment with an American Indian reservation in Montana. Within an autonomous work environment at the CAIRHE at MSU-Bozeman, the Research Coordinator will engage in strategic planning, organization, direction of operations, data management, fiscal management, and oral, written, and interpersonal communication related to the research project. There will be opportunities for co-authoring publications as well. Learn more about Dr. Skewes’ work with this Native American population.

This search will remain open until a successful candidate is identified, but to assist with the search process, we encourage applicants to consider applying by August 15, 2021.

Find the full position description and application details here.

Questions may be directed to PI Dr. Monica Skewes at

Thank you to our friend Kate Cronin for sharing! The MSU-Bozeman CAIRHE is led by Dr. Alexandra Adams, founding Director of the UW CCHE. Please help share this opportunity widely to help attract excellent candidates!

Reservation map by Kristen Drumheller

Dr. Chavarria Moves to Emory

HELI 2018 alum Enmanuel A. Chavarria, Ph.D. (Manny) joined the faculty in the Behavioral, Social, and Health Education Sciences (BSHES) Department at Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University as a tenure-track Assistant Professor as of July 2021!

Dr. Chavarria plans to continue his work on leveraging digital communication technologies to assist in addressing cancer health disparities among disparate populations. He looks forward towards working with Emory Winship Cancer Institute leadership to assist in expanding community engagement efforts.

Prior to his move to Emory, Dr. Chavarria’s gained experience as faculty at UTHealth Houston, School of Public Health in Brownsville, Texas, where he worked among underserved and vulnerable populations living on the Texas/Mexico Border. This and his additional training received at the Moffitt Cancer Center’s Behavioral Oncology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (NCI R25 CA 090314, PIs: Dr. Paul Jacobsen, Dr. Thomas Brandon, Dr. Susan Vadaparampil; Mentors: Dr. Cathy D. Meade, and Dr. Clement K. Gwede) afforded Dr. Chavarria the skillset necessary for success in his current role at Rollins School of Public Health.

Dr. Chavarria believes his time spent in Madison for HELI 2018 facilitated the confidence necessary for success. Dr. Chavarria shared that HELI “provides the assurance of belonging to an internationally broad and influential network that contributes continued professional support and resources for career and personal success.”

Congratulations & well done, Manny!

Opportunity in UW-Madison Family Medicine

The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, is seeking an MD/DO and/or PhD trained health researcher with a successful track record of peer-reviewed publication and grant funding. 

Strong candidates for this faculty position will have completed a research fellowship and have research interest and experience in community-engaged or community based participatory research, health services research, public health research, primary care research, or related areas. This position is available to researchers in the beginning of their career, mid-career, or senior-level researchers who are ready for a leadership role. Appointment at rank other than Assistant Professor will require that candidate meets criteria for the tenure rank at UW-Madison.

Questions about this opportunity may be directed to Sheena Frydrych at, (608) 263-0915.

New Role for Alumna Dr. Kristen Malecki

Congratulations to HELI 2010 alumna Dr. Kristen Malecki on her new role as the Director of the Center for Urban Population Health (CUPH) located in Milwaukee, WI!

Kristen Malecki, PhD, MPH, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences at the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health and serves as the director for the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW).

Dr. Malecki shared,

The HELI program played a critical role on my journey. Over ten years ago, my participation in HELI solidified my passion for community-based health equity research. It clarified that in order to do this work, long-standing, trusted relationships are needed. Relationships take time to cultivate, trust takes time to cultivate. Relationships and trust building require honest conversations and for listening to happen. The CUPH leadership and staff are experts in advancing health equity research through relationship building. I have learned so much from my colleagues at CUPH over the years and I am honored to be a part of moving the center forward.

Read the CUPH announcement here.

Congratulations, Kristen! We look forward to continued collaboration with you and CUPH!

Opportunities at Florida Atlantic University

The Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton is seeking faculty members for two positions.

  • Course Director/Pre-Clinical Medical Educator
    Assistant/Associate Professor of Integrated Medical Science
    • The Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at FAU is seeking an innovative, dynamic and collaborative clinical faculty member to serve as the Director of one of the pre-clerkship courses at the medical school.  The Director will teach, facilitate and lead in the undergraduate medical education curriculum, as well as serve in other potential roles within the College based on their experience and expertise. This position will join the Integrated Medical Science Department as an Assistant/Associate Professor and report to the Assistant Dean for Medical Education/Curriculum and ultimately the Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education and the Chair of the Integrated Medical Science Department.
    • The link to the position with full details can be found here: Careers at FAU – Workday (

  • Director of the Foundations of Medicine Curriculum
    Assistant/Associate Professor of Integrated Medical Science
    • The Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at FAU has an outstanding opportunity for an innovative, dynamic and collaborative clinical faculty member to serve as the Director of the Foundation of Medicine (FOM) Curriculum/Associate Director of Interprofessional Education (IPE) to teach in the undergraduate medical education curriculum, lead the Interprofessional Initiatives for the College with FAU’s Colleges of Nursing and Social Work, as well as other potential roles within the College based on expertise and experience. This position will join the Integrated Medical Science Department as an Assistant/Associate Professor and report to the Assistant Dean for Medical Education/Curriculum and ultimately the Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education and the Chair of the Integrated Medical Science Department.
    • The link to the position with full details can be found here: Careers at FAU – Workday (

The application deadline for both positions is December 1, 2021 – it will remain open until filled.

Both of these clinical teaching positions are non-tenure track. However, if a candidate is offered the job and has tenure at their current institution it is something the FAU Promotion & Tenure Committee can review and make a determination as part of the candidate’s offer letter if it will be transferred/granted at FAU.

Applicants must have a doctoral degree (MD or DO) from an accredited institution and be board-certified in their clinical specialty.  Applicants must currently hold or be eligible for a Florida medical license and possess credentials that merit appointment at the rank of assistant professor or higher. 

Questions about the positions may be directed to Catherine Gouchenour, Senior Coordinator, Integrated Medical Science Department, at

Thank you to Anita Fernander, PhD, and Mark J. Di Corcia, PhD, OTR/L, of the FAU Department of Integrated Medical Science for sharing with HELI!

R03 Award for HELI alumna Dr. Chenoa Allen

Congratulations to HELI 2018 alumna Chenoa Allen, PhD, on her recent R03 grant award from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)!

Dr. Allen’s project is titled Children of Immigrants Health Study (CIHS): An Evaluation of City and County Policies Affecting the Health of Children of Immigrants in the 2005-2019 National Health Interview Survey. Previous research has focused on policies that harm immigrants, but Dr. Allen wants to look at how we can use state and local policies to protect and promote immigrant health. She’s looking at policies such as those that allow undocumented immigrants to get a driver’s license or that fund lawyers to represent immigrants who are facing deportation.

“In this hyper-competitive funding environment, our success speaks to a growing recognition that immigrants and their children make our communities more vibrant, diverse, and innovative — and that many communities across the nation want to implement policies that support immigrants,” Dr. Allen shared. “I am thrilled to receive NIH funding to help these communities identify effective policies that promote healthier, more equitable communities for all Americans.”

Dr. Allen is an Assistant Professor of Health Sciences in the University of Missouri School of Health Professions. Prior to moving to her tenure track position at Missouri, Dr. Allen completed a post-doctoral fellowship with the Health Disparities Research Scholars (HDRS) Program in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. This R03 project is an extension of what Dr. Allen worked on for her Advancing Health Equity and Diversity (AHEAD) pilot grant, funded by CCHE in 2017.

Congratulations – especially for receiving this award on your first ever submission to NIH – and best wishes, Chenoa!

Read the Missouri news piece here.

Dr. Olihe Okoro Receives Tenure

Congratulations to HELI 2016 alumna Dr. Olihe Okoro on her promotion to associate professor with tenure in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Minnesota-Duluth!

Since her practice experiences that began in a rural HIV clinic in Nigeria, Olihe Okoro, PhD, MPH, MPharm, has developed a community-engaged, public health research program focused on addressing health disparities that affect health and health outcomes in Black communities. Her research focuses on investigating causes and implementing interventions to address HIV morbidity and mortality in the African immigrant population in the U.S.; chronic health conditions, health care access and quality of care in the African-American community; and cultural competency and diversity in health care professional education. 

Additionally, Dr. Okoro was recently named a McKnight Presidential Fellow at the University of Minnesota! This program is a three-year award given to exceptional faculty who have recently been considered for tenure and promotion to associate professor, to recognize their excellence in research and scholarship, leadership, potential to build top-tier programs, and ability to advance University of Minnesota priorities. View her Dean’s announcement here.

Dr. Okoro shared, “the [UW-CCHE hosted] Advancing Health Equity & Diversity (AHEAD) sessions I attended as a HELI alum were strategic in helping me seek out mentorship that significantly helped me build my research portfolio in health disparities research.”

Congratulations & best wishes, Olihe!

Thriving as an Early-$tage Investigator: The Untold Do’s and Don’ts

Register now for session 2! This session will feature HELI 2011 Alumna Dr. Tisha M. Felder and HELI 2016 Alumnus Dr. Charles R. Rogers speaking on Thriving as an Early-$tage Investigator: The Untold Do’s and Don’ts. They will share invaluable insight on

  1. Lessons learned from securing and leading their highly competitive training grant awards from the National Cancer Institute
  2. How to effectively be health-equity and community-engaged junior professors at research intensive universities, and
  3. Effectively building and expanding collaborations with community leaders to eliminate health disparities.

Date: Friday, July 16

Time: 9-10:30am CST

Platform: Zoom webinar

Register Now!

View the recording of this event here.

This session will be facilitated by HELI 2010 Alumnus Anthony J. Santella, DrPH, incoming Full Professor at University of New Haven.

Questions? Contact

Find all details about HELI 2021 here.

HELI 2021 will take place via 3 virtual sessions to occur between May and December.  Each session is designed to inspire and to celebrate achievement while also maintaining our high standard of keeping it real. We are opening up virtual programming to an expanded audience of HELI alumni, prospective HELI Scholars, on- and off campus experts and instructors, and lay members of the public who are curious about what community-academic partnerships are and what health equity scholars do. 

Alumna Dr. Clayton-Jones is a Nurse Leader & Innovator!

We are delighted to congratulate HELI 2018 alumna Dr. Dora Clayton-Jones on her acceptance to the second cohort of the Betty Irene Moore Fellowship for Nurse Leaders and Innovators at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis!

Dora Clayton-Jones, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC, is an assistant professor at Marquette University, Arthur J. Schmitt Leadership Fellow and president of the International Association of Sickle Cell Nurses and Professional Associates. Her research focuses on interventions for adolescents and young adults living with chronic illnesses such as sickle cell disease. Dr. Clayton-Jones’ fellowship project tests the feasibility of an intervention designed to optimize self-management behaviors and peer support for adolescents and young adults living with sickle cell disease. The project has the potential to influence implementation of effective interventions for this population prior to a sickle cell patient’s transition from pediatric to adult health care.

The Betty Irene Moore Fellowship program recognizes early- to mid-career nursing scholars and innovators and requires they take part in an innovative project or study. Fellows receive $450,000 over three years for their project plus $50,000 for their home institution. Applications for the 2022 cohort open Sept. 24. To learn more, visit the fellowship program webpage.

Read the UC-Davis announcement of the 10 members of the 2021 cohort.

Congratulations and best of luck with your project, Dr. Clayton-Jones!