Archive | August, 2014

SAAPHI Scientific Committee Student Travel Award

27 Aug

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Purpose
RWJ New Connections in collaboration with the SAAPHI Scientific Committee are offering Student Travel Award to encourage and enable students to attend the SAAPHI Pre-Conference Meeting being held on Saturday, November 15th, 2014 in New Orleans, LA prior to the APHA conference. The travel award is intended to support the attendance of student members of SAAPHI, to further their understanding of health disparities and epidemiologic issues as they relate to the African diaspora and the given conference theme “Healthography: The Relationships of Place and Health in the African Diaspora”. The awards committee will give substantial weight to the depth of the applicant’s role at the pre-conference meeting (presenter, attendee), the academic standing of the applicant, and the applicant’s professional goals as they relate to the mission of SAAPHI.

Number of awards
Five $500 travel grants will be awarded on a reimbursable basis upon submission of documents after the conference.

Eligibility Requirements
● The applicant must be a student enrolled full or part-time (minimum of 6 credit hours) who is actively pursuing a health-related degree
● The applicant must be a junior, senior, or graduate student (Masters or Doctoral) in a public health or other health-related program
● Recipients of other external travel awards/grants are not eligible (e.g. F31, T32)
● The applicant must be eligible for Robert Wood Johnson New Connections network membership
○ Doctoral students (completing their final year of study), postdoctoral fellows, junior faculty members with a PhD or junior-level researchers working in the public of private sectors
○ Members of ethnic or racial minority or low-income communities and/or first in their family to receive a college degree
● Recipients must be members of SAAPHI.
○ To become a member of SAAPHI http://www.saaphi.org. Click on Contact and select Membership

Application Instructions
Please send an electronic copy of all application materials as a single PDF file, collated in the order below to the SAAPHI Scientific Committee at saaphiscientific@gmail.com.
● Please specify Student Travel Award Application in the subject line preceded by your last name (Jones_StudentTravelAwardApplication).
● Resume or CV
● A personal statement (500 word maximum) that includes the following information:
○ Description of your reasons for attending the SAAPHI Pre-Conference Meeting.
○ Discussion of your plans to utilize the experience during the conference to further your professional development and public health research/practice.
● A reference letter from either the department chair or academic advisor attesting to the your commitment to public health research and practice.

Deadline
The deadline for submission of all materials to SAAPHI is September 26, 2014.

Selection Process
Members of the SAAPHI Scientific Committee will select the recipients via a competitive review process. Applicants will be notified by email of the award decision by October 3, 2014.

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SAAPHI Scientific Committee Dissertation Award

23 Aug

 

Purpose

To provide funding and recognition to outstanding doctoral students who are in public health or other health-related fields and a demonstrated interest in contributing to the field of health disparities research as evidenced by a dissertation topic of relevance to people of the African diaspora.

Number of awards

Three $300 dissertation awards will be granted.

Eligibility Requirements

● The applicant must be a student enrolled either full or part-time (for a minimum 6 of credit hours) who is actively pursuing a doctoral degree in public health or other health-related field
● The applicant must have successfully defended the dissertation proposal and have received written approval to begin dissertation research
● The topic of the dissertation must be related to the mission of SAAPHI which is to:
○ To initiate and assist in the improvement, development, maintenance, and utilization of appropriate databases for the understanding of health problems and needs of African American communities;

○ To promote the utilization of scientific information on African Americans in program and policy decisions; and
○ To formulate and advocate appropriate public policies for health promotion and disease prevention among African Americans.
● Recipients of other external grants are not eligible (e.g. F31, T32)

Application Instructions

Please send an electronic copy of all application materials as a single PDF file, collated in the order below to the SAAPHI Scientific Committee to saaphiscientific@gmail.com.

● Resume or CV

● A descriptive summary of the dissertation research and significant aspects of the work, suitable for an audience of educated lay people (500 words maximum).

● A budget or detailed description for the use of the funds

● A reference letter from a thesis or dissertation advisor evaluating the merits of the proposed project and discussing the contributions of the student to his/her field (i.e., presentations, papers, awards, or other evidence of scholarly superiority), and a statement confirming that the students dissertation approval has been approved.

Deadline

The deadline for submission of all materials to SAAPHI is September 26, 2014.

Highlighted Stories: People’s Climate March

16 Aug

Climate change

Public health news
People’s Climate March
On Sept. 21, world leaders will be in New York City for a UN Summit to discuss climate change. This is our opportunity to mobilize and let these individuals know the importance of developing solutions to address the impact climate change is having on the health of people and the environment.

If you are interested in supporting this cause, register to attend the People’s Climate March by visiting http://www.peoplesclimate.org/march/ . For volunteering opportunities, please click here. If you are unable to come to New York City, you can still be an agent of change by participating in the Global Day of Action. To register, please visit http://www.peoplesclimate.org/global/.

CURRENT RESEARCH: Low Vitamin D Linked To Dementia

10 Aug

vit-dA new study published in the Journal of Neurology concludes that low levels of Vitamin D are associated with Alzheimer’s disease and also that many older adults have severely low levels of the vitamin, putting them at a much greater risk for dementia.

The researchers tested 1,658 dementia-free people aged over 65 who had participated in the US population -based Cardiovascular Health Study. The vitamin D levels in their  blood were tested, and they were followed up for an average of 5.6 years. During this follow-up period, 171 of the participants developed dementia and 102 participants developed Alzheimer’s disease.

 

The researchers found the participants with low levels of vitamin D were 53 percent more likely to develop dementia, and those who were severely deficient were 125 percent more likely, when compared with participants with regular levels of vitamin D.

Read more at: http://www.healthcentral.com/dailydose/cf/2014/08/7/low_vitamin_d_linked_to_dementia