The Deep South Resource Center for Minority
Aging Research (RCMAR) is a collaborative
partnership of four unique, Southern institutions with
complementary strengths: Morehouse School of
Medicine, Tuskegee University, University of
Alabama, and the University of Alabama at
Birmingham. We have created an infrastructure to
provide a mechanism for mentoring sustained
research careers; to enhance the diversity of the
workforce conducting research on the health of older
persons; and to advance scientific knowledge to
reduce health disparities.
The Deep South RCMAR focuses on health problems that are particularly prevalent
among older African Americans in both rural and urban settings. Our specific aims
include: (1) provide high quality research training and individualized career
development support for faculty; (2) identify, engage, and mentor outstanding, diverse
faculty committed to academic careers in health disparities and aging research; (3)
support innovative, high impact pilot projects; (4) provide expertise and resources for
working collaboratively with communities and for the recruitment and retention of older
African Americans in research; (5) provide expertise and resources for culturally
sensitive measurement and analysis; and (6) disseminate to scientific, professional
and lay audiences research results.
We achieve these aims through the activities of four cores: Administrative Core;
Investigator Development Core; Community Liaison Core; and the Analysis Core. We
have an Advisory Committee composed of three distinct components: a Communitybased
Advisory Group, a Professional Advisory Group, and a Scholar Advisory Group.
The Advisory Committee meets with the leadership of the RCMAR and its Scholars
every 6 months to provide guidance and direction to all aspects of our program.
Over this 5-year funding cycle (2012-2017), we will provide career development
support for at least 20 scholars through our multi-disciplinary Health Disparities
Research Training Program; we will fund at least 15 pilot grant awards; and we will
assist at least four faculty members to obtain diversity supplements. The RCMAR will
advance the science of health disparities and aging through collaborative research
involving all core investigators and scholars conducting new research and secondary
data analyses supported by core funds, pilot grants, and other external grants.
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