Campus: San Francisco State University -- August 13, 2004
SFSU Joins National Effort to End Health Care Disparities
On-campus research conducted by minority faculty a goal
As part of a nationwide commitment to end health disparities in America, San
Francisco State University recently received a $5 million, five-year grant to boost
health research by minority faculty and develop on-campus resources that will
continue to support such research.
Despite the proportion of gross national product spent on healthcare, good health
continues to elude a high proportion of the U.S. population. Investigations into
the ways that personal health and health care delivery varies by race and other
factors are the focus of the NIH funded Research Training in Health Disparities
A priority of the project is to involve more minority researchers. SFSU will use
a portion of its $5 million grant to provide fellowships aimed to boost the number
of minority faculty researchers on campus. Those selected will receive assistance
such as reimbursed release from teaching responsibilities while they are researching
and preparing their grant proposals.
Another portion of the funding will support the newly formed SFSU Grant Development
Resource Facility where the Fellows and other faculty who wish to research health
disparities can develop their grant applications. Located a few minutes away from
campus in the Pacific Plaza building near the Daly City Bart station, the facility
houses a library and other grant resource tools. A third portion of the RTHD
funding supports two SFSU faculty research projects already in progress.
James A. Wiley, professor of sociology and director of the Public Research
Institute who is administering the RTHD program at SFSU, believes that the program
addresses the pressing question of what the role of a university in community
health is. "I'm hoping that our facilities and programs attract and involve every
SFSU department and college that has an interest in investigating health
disparities," says Wiley. "I'm personally counting on our programs to nurture
new researchers and foster many more research projects at SFSU."
For more information about the Research Training in Health Disparities project
Media Contact: Denize Springer, 415/405-3803 or 415/338-1665