UAMS to Promote Diversity in Medical Research
Little Rock, AR — Two College of Public Health faculty at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) have secured a $250,000 two-year contract to create a collaborative network with the local faith community.
Keneshia Bryant-Moore, Ph.D, R.N., associate professor, and Tiffany Haynes, Ph.D, assistant professor received the funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).
The Arkansas Faith-Academic Initiative for Transforming Health (FAITH) Network will be a collaboration between UAMS and faith organizations in Arkansas to provide an infrastructure that supports ongoing engagement, training and networking opportunities.
“The FAITH Network is specifically being designed to address health disparities that overwhelmingly impact racial and ethnic minorities, rural residents and persons with lower socioeconomic status,” Bryant-Moore said. “Working with the faith community is a means to reach a population that may not otherwise be exposed to opportunities to participate in research and to be actively engaged in he entire process of research.”
Similar networks have been developed, but do not target the whole state or engage a diverse sampling of the faith community, according to Haynes. “We believe that an inclusive, joint effort is needed to address the poor health conditions experienced in Arkansas.”
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