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Florida International: FIU-RCMI Awards Grants to Community Organizations Aimed at Solidifying Partnerships and Improving Research

As The Research Center in Minority Institutions (FIU-RCMI) at the Florida International Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work was established, one of its primary goals was to recognize and boost health disparities research in the South Florida community.

“What we soon found was that many of the organizations that we wanted to partner with didn’t really have the infrastructure or support to conduct the type of community research that we were looking to do,” said Dr. Adriana Campa, core leader of the FIU-RCMI Community Engagement Core. “We knew that they held a wealth of resources and information but were not necessarily set-up for research.”

For that reason, the FIU-RCMI’s community engagement core decided to re-think the program; instead, linking community organizations with an FIU faculty who could help the organizations both conduct research and properly use the data.

In the first round, the FIU-RCMI Community Research Enhancement Grants (CREG) announced it is funding six local awardees up to $5,000 for six months.

The goal of each project is to focus on activities that enhance the community partner’s capacity to conduct health disparities research, including assessing community needs, conducting secondary analysis, service or system improvement, and training of community partners to enhance their research capacity.

“There is so much information that can be gathered from the work being conducted in these organizations, but we understand that they tend to have limited staffing and we wanted our faculty to be able to directly help pull that information and digest it in a way that, we hope, will make it easier to help the community at large and reduce disparities in access to healthcare,” Dr. Campa concluded.

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