$169,240 Federal Grant to Build ‘Educational Pipeline’ for LGBT Population Researchers

By Melanie Arter | May 6, 2015 | 12:09 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) – The National Institutes of Health through its Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development has awarded $169,240 in taxpayer funds to the Fenway Community Health Center to develop a new generation of scientists devoted to studying the LGBT population.

The grant titled, “Educational Program for Population Research in LGBT Health,” was awarded on June 1, 2014, although the project itself began on July 1, 2010 and is scheduled to run through May 31, 2015, also the budget end date.

“Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people experience systemic health disparities. A remaining obstacle to growth of our understanding of LGBT health and ability to take steps to address LGBT health disparities is the lack of training resources to support and encourage the development of the next generation of interdisciplinary LGBT population scientists,” the grant said.

LGBT population health “has emerged as a growing interdisciplinary science,” it stated.

The grant recipient plans to build “an educational pipeline program to channel aspiring research scholars into this field.”

The goals of the program are described as such:

1)To build an innovative Summer Program to provide training in quantitative methods for the study of LGBT population health;

2)To provide students who are engaged in research related to LGBT health with an in-depth exposure to population research concepts, methodologies, analysis skills and existing secondary data sets;

3)To stimulate interest in and improve quantitative analysis skills among students who have high, unrealized potential as population health research scientists before their career trajectories are set;

4)To create opportunities for interaction between promising students and role model research experts in the LGBT population health; and

5)To influence the research career trajectories of students with high levels of interest in the study of LGBT health toward future engagement with population health science.

The grant will pay for a four-week long summer program that enrolls “12-18 Masters and pre-doctoral level students for a week-long Data analysis course, a 3 weeks-long Cornerstone Seminar, “Population Research in LGBT Health and Social Life” and a 3 weeks long daily Data Lab for hands-on training in secondary analysis of population research data sets.”

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