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Minority Education Program

The OneFlorida Pragmatic Clinical Trials and Implementation Science Minority Education Program (MEP) provides a mentored research experience wherein minority junior faculty members receive hands-on research experience by partnering with faculty members affiliated with the OneFlorida Clinical Research Consortium. This program is made possible by the James and Esther King Biomedical Research Program, which supports research initiatives that address the health care problems of Floridians in the areas of tobacco-related cancer, cardiovascular disease, stroke and pulmonary disease. The leaders of this program are Folakemi Odedina, Ph.D. and Betsy Shenkman, Ph.D.

The Minority Education Program involves:

  1. Participating in the Minority Education Program virtual learning collaborative.
  2. Developing a research plan that builds upon the mentor’s project, which will be led by the trainee with guidance from the mentor.
  3. Identifying professional meetings that are targeted for abstract submission.
  4. Attending the OneFlorida Annual Stakeholder meeting.
  5. Participating in a one-week onsite experience in Gainesville.

Mentors and trainees are matched through a process conducted by the OneFlorida Minority Education Program in collaboration with the Florida Health Equity Research Institute Research Core.

Each mentoring partnership will create an individualized research development plan that will span the 12-month training program.

This program has the following aims:

  1. Promote diversity among Florida researchers through the training of minority and underrepresented scientists with a priority on junior faculty from Florida’s historically black colleges and universities.
  2. Enhance and develop new opportunities for diversity-related research in the areas of cancer and cardiovascular disease prevention and control, with a particular focus on pragmatic clinical trials and implementation science.
  3. Promote synergies and collaboration among scientists conducting research in cancer and cardiovascular disease prevention and control throughout Florida.

Click here to view our current mentees.

mep kickoff resized

On May 24, 2016, mentors and trainees gathered in Gainesville for the inaugural kick-off meeting. The day included welcoming speeches from health research leaders and working time for participants to collaborate and network.