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Healthcare Quality Scholars

Healthcare Quality Scholars for 2008

Healthcare Quality Scholars Program
2009 Request for Pilot Research Proposals

The Network for Multicultural Research on Health and Healthcare promotes health services research on health care quality issues affecting Latino and American Indian populations. The Network is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and works to expand the number of new researchers developing careers in this field. The rapid expansion of multicultural populations in the U.S., combined with the heterogeneity of these groups, increases the need for more information to help reduce health care disparities.

The Network invites applications to its 2009 Healthcare Quality Scholars Program. The invitation is open to junior faculty (e.g., assistant/research titles) holding a part-time or full-time position in the U.S. Our program supports secondary data analyses on intra-group determinants (social-cultural factors, ethnic subgroups, language preference, demographic factors, etc.) of health care quality using major national and regional survey data sets (e.g. PEW HISPANIC, CHIS, NHIS, NHANES, etc.).

The Network recruits five scholars each year. The five scholars selected through this solicitation will be financially supported for 10 months through a stipend of $22,530. This stipend will support expenses incurred for the completion of the research analysis, manuscript(s) and travel expenses to attend the annual Network meeting at UCLA. Mentoring will be provided by senior investigators from the Network for each scholar. (See complete list of senior investigators in our website at: ). In addition, the Network will provide statistical support for the scholars if they require it.

Healthcare Quality Scholars Responsibilities are to: 1) Submit an abstract (no more than 250 words) and a project timeline for your research project for approval within two weeks after receiving an acceptance letter. The timeline should reflect the funding period (from January 15th, 2008 to November 16th, 2009). 2) Meet milestones to demonstrate work progress resulting in a minimum of one peer-reviewed manuscript during the funding period. 3) Participate in monthly Web-supported meetings and the Network UCLA meeting in the summer. 4) Submit at least one first-authored manuscript from the funded research project to the Network for review before the Network UCLA meeting. 5) Submit manuscript to peer-reviewed journal(s) within one month of the Network meeting.

Proposal submission process: In order to expedite the selection of candidates for the Healthcare Quality Scholars program, we required that you submit a one-page proposal by September 15th, 2008. This one-page proposal should include: a) Introduction & statement of the problem; b) Research hypotheses including outcomes (dependent variables), predictors and covariates (control/nuisance variables); c) Analysis techniques (e.g., 2x2 tables, logistic regression, etc.), and d) Significance of the study. In addition, please submit a cover letter and a C.V.

We will notify you of review results by October 1st, 2008 and successful candidates will be asked to submit a full proposal to be considered for the final selection. The deadline for submission of full proposals will be November 3rd, 2008 . The full proposal should expand the previously submitted one-page proposal to a three-page prospectus not including references. All applications should be submitted in Microsoft Word format by email to the Network Project Coordinator, Lorena Porras-Javier, at [email protected] . Final candidates will be informed of decisions around December 1st, 2008 . Start date of support will be January 15, 2009 and will terminate November 16, 2009 . Should you have any questions about this process please contact Project Coordinator, Lorena Porras-Javier.

An acknowledgement of receipt will be sent to you by e-mail. If you do not receive an acknowledgement please assume that your proposal and accompanied documents were not received.

Support for this program was provided by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ® Princeton, New Jersey