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Morgan Professor Accepted into NIMHD’s 2013 Health Disparities Program

Screen Shot 2013-08-09 at 3.42.48 PMDr. Alice M. Jackson, professor in Morgan State University’s Department of Political Science, has been accepted to participate in the 2013 Translational Health Disparities Course offered by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). The admission process was competitive and was open to a target audience of health care/public health professionals; public policy professionals; academic researchers; members of community-based and faith-based organizations and scientists engaged in health disparities research and activities from across the United States.

The two-week intensive course, takes place on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, and provides training in the principles and practice of health disparities research. It focuses on concepts, methods, key issues and applications that will provide the knowledge and research tools needed to conduct and develop translational and transdisciplinary research and interventions to eliminate health disparities. The history of health and health disparities in the United States, biological and non-biological determinants of health, social, political, economic, cultural, and legal theories related to health will be addressed along with lectures by nationally and internationally recognized experts.

Dr. Jackson has a keen interest in minority health disparities and disadvantaged communities. Her research interests include breast and prostate cancer in African Americans.  She is also interested in policy pertaining to health disparity in African Americans, rural, poor and medically underserved populations.

Prior to joining Morgan, she served as Chief Executive Officer of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Community Health Centers.  Nationally, she worked as the Assistant Director of Policy Research and Analysis at the National Association of Community Health Centers, Inc. where she served as the chief lobbyist on budget/appropriations issues, advocacy, rural and health professions issues before the United States Congress.

Dr. Jackson is the President of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society and is the first African American to serve as President of this organization.  She is a member of the American Political Science Association where she was the only representative from a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) serving on the Committee on the Status of Blacks in the Profession. She received her B.A., M.P.A. and Ph.D. in American Government and Public Administration from Howard University, and is a member of the Morgan State University Internal Research Council (MSU-IRC).

The NIMHD is a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  NIH is the nation’s medical research agency.  It includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the United States Department of Health and Human Services.  NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases.  The mission of NIMHD is to lead scientific research to improve minority health and eliminate health disparities.  NIMHD promotes minority health, conducts and supports research, training, research infrastructure, fosters emerging programs, disseminates information, and reaches out to minority and certain other health communities.

Morgan State University, founded in 1867, is a Carnegie classified Doctoral Research Institution offering more than 70 academic programs leading to bachelors degrees as well as programs at the masters and doctoral levels. As Maryland’s Premier, Public Urban Research University, Morgan serves a multi-ethnic and multi-racial student body and seeks to ensure that the doors of higher education are opened as wide as possible to as many as possible. For more information on Morgan State University, visit www.morgan.edu.

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