UBC Vancouver Opportunity in Indigenous Natural Sciences

The Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia (UBC) invites applications for a tenure-track academic position in Indigenous Natural Sciences at the Assistant or Associate Professor level, to commence on July 1, 2021 or when a suitable candidate is found. The UBC Vancouver campus is located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the xwmǝθkwǝýǝm (Musqueam).

UBC is looking for an outstanding emerging Indigenous scholar to lead world-class research in Natural Science, such as wildlife or fish biology / ecology, plant science, ethnobotany, forest sciences / conservation, natural resources, climate and environmental change, and other related natural science disciplines. They encourage applicants with the ability to apply western and Indigenous knowledge in their research and to transfer knowledge to Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities and collaborators.

Applications should be sent in a single PDF file to CRC2.forestry@ubc.ca until September 1, 2020. The application should include the following:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A statement of research interests and their relevance to the interests of the advertised position
  • Three sample publications which should be regarded as one’s most influential works
  • A statement of teaching interests
  • Three reference letters

Find the full position details and additional information here: https://forestry.ubc.ca/2020/03/assistant-associate-professor-indigenous-natural-sciences/.

Questions may be directed to Professor John Innes, Dean of Forestry at john.innes@ubc.ca or Professor Chris Gaston, Chair of Search Committee at chris.gaston@ubc.ca.

Thank you to the UW Native Nations Strategic Working Group for sharing this opportunity!

HELI Alum Shares Free COVID-19 Webinar for Youth

HELI 2010 alum Dr. Anthony Santella recently developed a free webinar on the coronavirus (COVID-19) for youth and adolescents.

There are two versions of the webinar: One version is for elementary/middle school students and another version is for high school students. The content is age appropriate and medically accurate. The content will focus on science and public health along with frequently asked questions about how the coronavirus impacts things that matter to youth and adolescents. Webinar log in details will be sent 1 day before the webinar.

There are numerous sessions throughout March, April, and May, with 800 people already registered. 

Use the links above to register and click “select a date” to see all dates.

Questions may be directed to asantella@gmail.com.

Flyer: COVID Youth Webinar (PDF)

Anthony J. Santella, DrPH, MPH, is an Associate Professor of Public Health at Hofstra University and public health consultant. Thank you for sharing this important and highly relevant material!

Congratulations to HELI 2016 Alumna Dr. Fathima Wakeel!

Fathima Wakeel, PhD, MPH, joined the faculty in the College of Health at Lehigh University as a tenure-track Associate Professor as of January 2020!

Similar to what she previously did at Ferris State University, Dr. Wakeel will be helping to develop a brand new College of Health at Lehigh, building its Population Health infrastructure and presence from the ground up. Among other things, this entails curriculum development, assistance with the faculty search process, and establishing both internal and external partnerships locally, nationally and globally.

Dr. Wakeel shares: “In terms of research, I will be returning to my Maternal and Child Health research roots here [at Lehigh] and plan to continue examining and measuring the protective factors, or personal capital resources, that women and families can garner to have healthy outcomes over the life course, specifically healthy pregnancy and obstetric outcomes. In addition to secondary analyses of population-based data, I plan to conduct community participatory research alongside undergraduate and graduate students to explore and validate culturally-relevant measures of personal capital as well as precursors to maternal personal capital, such as childhood and family resilience.”

Part of Dr. Wakeel’s training in Maternal and Child Health came during her postdoctoral fellowship with the Health Disparities Research Scholar Program in the Department of OB/GYN in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. She also received a 2013 UW ICTR AHEAD pilot grant for her project ‘Exploration of Culturally-Relevant Components of Personal Capital’ focusing on the protective internal and social resources that may help women cope with or reduce their exposure to stress.

Congratulations & well done, Fathima!!

HELI 2020 registration is paused

Update – April 7, 2020: HELI 2020 has been postponed. Full details here.

Update – April 2, 2020: Due to an increase in respiratory illness and the rise of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), UW-Madison ICEP and HELI are following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), AAMC, State and local Public Health, UW Health, and UW-Madison guidelines regarding our in-person accredited activities.

At this time, we have made the difficult decision to pause registration and postpone HELI 2020. We do this out of an abundance of caution for our learners and staff. We will share additional information on this page as it becomes available. If you have already registered for our 2020 event, a member of the ICEP staff will contact you. We look forward to gathering together as soon as it’s safe to do so.

EDIT – March 13, 2020: Thank you for your patience as planning for HELI 2020 continues amidst the national concerns related to COVID-19. The University of Wisconsin-Madison has modified spring semester instruction and cancelled all campus events of more than 50 people through at least April 10.

We do not yet know whether we will need to cancel our late June 2020 HELI event. We will learn more in the coming weeks and will move forward as best we can in the interim.

The 2020 Health Equity Leadership Institute (HELI) will take place on Thursday, June 25 and Friday, June 26, 2020 in Madison, WI.

2020 is the 10 year program anniversary, and instead of hosting our usual weeklong Institute, we are hosting a two-day conference celebrating 10 years of the evolution of health equity research and its many diverse leaders.

HELI 2020 includes:

  • Keynote presentations from leaders in the field of health equity research, including Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, MD, Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) and Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, MD, PhD, Director of the Center for Reducing Health Disparities (CRHD) at University of California, Davis.
  • A return to Madison by CCHE Founding Director Alexandra Adams, MD, PhD, Director of the Center for American Indian and Rural Health Equity (CAIRHE) at Montana State University
  • Continuing Education (CE) credits available for the first time ever!
  • Panel discussions with HELI alumni from across the 2010-2019 cohorts

Register to attend!

Find all hotel room block information here.

Questions? Contact cche@ictr.wisc.edu.

Accreditation Statement

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In support of improving patient care, the University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

American Medical Association (AMA)

The University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)

The University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.5 ANCC contact hours. The University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing is Iowa Board of Nursing provider 350.

Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)

The University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP designates this live activity activity for a maximum of 7.5 knowledge-based CE credit can be earned by successfully completing this live activity. Pharmacists should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. CE credit information, based on verification of live attendance and completion of the evaluation, will be provided to NABP within 60 days after the activity completion.

Universal Activity Number (UAN): JA0000358-0000-20-108-L01-P 7.5 hours (0.75 CEUs)

ACE Designation Statement:

As a Jointly Accredited Organization, the University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program.  Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 7.5 continuing education credits.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

The University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP, as a member of the University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), authorizes this program for 0.75 CEUs or 7.5 hours.

NCI-funded PRACCTIS Postdoctoral Opportunity

The UMass Medical School-led National Cancer Institute (NCI)-funded T32 PRACCTIS Program is now accepting applications for postdoctoral trainees to start in August 2020.

PRACCTIS stands for ‘Prevention and Control of Cancer: Training for Change in Individuals and Systems’ and is designed to prepare the next generation of scientists to conduct implementation research that addresses critical cancer prevention and control care delivery issues across the cancer continuum, including primary prevention, cancer screening, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. Trainees must be interested in pursuing a career focused on cancer prevention and control implementation research.

More info: Program details and application guidelines

Important Dates:

  • A non-binding letter of intent describing your background and research interests pertaining to implementation science focused on cancer prevention and control, by March 16, 2020
  • Full applications are due April 13, 2020

Questions may be directed to Barbara.Estabrook@umassmed.edu.

Summer SWIM at Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh Center for Sleep and Circadian Science (CSCS) is accepting applications for its inaugural Summer SWIM: Sleep and Circadian Workshop on Indispensable Methods, August 10-14, 2020. Individuals from groups under-represented in sleep and circadian science are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Summer SWIM is an immersive one-week training program addressing state-of-the-art methodologies in human and animal research on sleep and circadian rhythms. The program aims to provide state-of-the art didactic and experiential learning opportunities addressing sleep and circadian research methods; to demonstrate how these methods are applied in translational sleep and circadian research studies; and to foster career development and networking for early stage investigators.

The intended audience is graduate students, post-baccalaureates, post-docs, medical students, residents, and fellows, and junior faculty who are interested in pursuing sleep and circadian research. Prior sleep and circadian science experience is not required.

Learn more about the opportunity, associated costs & financial support, and apply online here: sleep.pitt.edu/training

The application deadline is March 15, 2020 and applicants will be notified about acceptance to the program by April 15, 2020.

Questions may be directed to Linda Willrich at willrichl@upme.edu.

Thanks to HELI 2015 Alum Dr. Marquis Hawkins for sharing! He is also happy to answer questions about the program at mah400@pitt.edu.

Baylor College of Medicine Health Equity Research Summit

Baylor College of Medicine’s 2020 Center of Excellence in Health Equity, Training and Research (Baylor COE) Summer Research Summit will be held Tuesday, June 9th in Houston, TX. This conference is open to physicians and other healthcare professionals, residents and fellows, biomedical scientists, population health researchers, healthcare policymakers, students, community members and others nationwide who are committed to workforce diversity in the health and biomedical sciences and bringing quality healthcare to underserved and under-represented populations in the United States.

Call for Conference Session Proposals:

The Baylor COE is soliciting conference session proposals for plenary and breakout sessions connected with the annual theme and overall learning objectives for the conference. The theme for this year’s summit is Advancing Health Equity through Innovation and Technology. Proposals should be thought-provoking, and accessible to a broad technical and lay audience. The plenary and breakout session workshops are one-hour in length, and generally include10-15 minutes for Q&A. Click here for more information and access submission form.

Call for Research Abstracts:

Each year, we host a networking and poster session for presentation of original research dedicated to workforce diversity and health equity issues. Posters will be displayed throughout the conference, with dedicated time for attendees to view the posters. There will also be a poster competition. Abstracts should highlight innovative research that will contribute to the promotion and improvement of minority health and the elimination of health disparities and inequities. All abstracts will be reviewed based on their merit by a peer-reviewed process for acceptance. Click here for more information and access the submission form.

We welcome submissions from all disciplines and levels including faculty, staff and trainees at academic institutions, private-practice healthcare providers, government agencies, community organizations, health care organizations, and research institutions. The deadline to submit a conference session proposal and/or abstract is March 15, 2020.

Please email the Baylor COE at healthequity@bcm.edu if you have any additional questions.

Thank you to HELI 2018 Alumna Dr. Maria Mora Pinzon for sharing this opportunity with us!

UCSF Center for Aging in Diverse Communities Pilot RFA

The 2020 Request for Applications for the Center for Aging in Diverse Communities (CADC) Scientist Program at University of California San Francisco is now open. This opportunity is for researchers located in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The CADC is now requesting applications for CADC Scientists who will conduct pilot studies to investigate research questions within the scope of CADC’s goals among older African American, Latino, Asian American, Pacific Islander populations, or sexual and gender minorities of any race/ethnicity. We are committed to mentoring CADC Scientists during and following their one-year pilot study to support development of a successful research career.

The applicant must be a postdoctoral fellow or an assistant professor at the time of applying and must be from a racial/ethnic minority group or a member of a sexual and gender minority group (SGM) of any race/ethnicity as defined by self-identification, or from a socioeconomically disadvantaged background of any race/ethnicity as defined by NIH. If funded, the CADC Scientist will receive pilot funds and will be Principal Investigator (PI) of the pilot.  Applicants must not have received a previous independent research award of the R01 type from the NIH or similar funding agencies. Investigators who have received previous funding from faculty development awards (e.g., K awards) are eligible. Assistant professors or postdoctoral fellows located in any academic or research non-profit institution in the San Francisco Bay Area are eligible.

We encourage you to review the RFA for full details and assist us by forwarding this message and the attached RFA to your colleagues or posting it on your website or listserv.

Apply online at https://cadc.ucsf.edu/scientist-program. The application is due by 5pm on Wednesday, March 11th, 2020.

Applicants may email Dr. Leah Karliner with programmatic questions at leah.karliner@ucsf.edu. For general information or questions regarding the application process or this RFA, contact: Elizabeth Rojo at elizabeth.rojo@ucsf.edu.

Thank you to HELI 2016 Alum Dr. Óscar Gil-García for sharing this opportunity with us.

Promoting Indigenous Research Leadership (PIRL)

Apply now for a new workshop ‘Promoting Indigenous Research Leadership’ taking place June 8-10, 2020 in Bozeman, Montana.

Promoting Indigenous Research Leadership (PIRL) is a three-day workshop designed to promote the research careers of Indigenous and other early-career faculty working with Indigenous communities. The workshop helps faculty investigators foster a sense of community, improve leadership and grant application skills, and receive the career support they need. This workshop is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and hosted by the Center for American Indian and Rural Health Equity (CAIRHE) at Montana State University and the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Online applications open January 13, 2020 and are due by February 16. Approximately 20 investigators from across the United States will be selected to participate.

Visit the CAIRHE event page for full details and to Apply Now.

For questions or more information, please email James Burroughs, program coordinator for CAIRHE, at jburroughs@montana.edu.

Please share this announcement with any Indigenous or other early-career faculty who may be interested in applying. Thank you to CAIRHE Director Dr. Alexandra Adams for sending!

Director of the ECU Center for Health Disparities

The East Carolina University (ECU) Center for Health Disparities Research (CHDR) is seeking a new Director.

The ECU CHDR was established to combine and organize campus and community efforts around the goal of improving quality of life and eliminating health disparities in eastern North Carolina through conducting relevant research and applying the findings.

The Director of CHDR will play a lead role in the Center mission by overseeing the development of comprehensive programs that focus on three key areas: I) Research aimed at identifying and disseminating interventions to increase health equity; 2) Education/Training for medical, academic, and lay populations on empirically supported interventions for increasing health equity, and 3) Development and sustainability of effective service models for the delivery of empirically supported interventions for eliminating health disparities.

Applicants with a PhD, a DrPH, and/or MD and will be eligible for a tenured faculty appointment at the Associate Professor level or above. Expertise in clinical or applied research in any of the social or life sciences (the following are examples but are not an inclusive list: medicine, nursing, public health, psychology, sociology) and familiarity with both bio-medical and behavioral research is required.

See position listing for full details and application instructions.

Initial screening begins on December 19, 2019.

Questions may be directed to the ECU Office of Human Resources at employment@ecu.edu, (252) 328-9847