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Strengthen Regulatory Science / Health Disparities Research Initiatives

Description: Develop partnerships with colleges and universities that have a specialized expertise in health disparities and/or regulatory science

Accomplishment: OMH executed MOUs with the University of Hawai’i, the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and Meharry Medical College, to allow collaboration on health disparities research. OMH funded two ORISE Fellows at the University of Hawai’i (UHI); one Fellow’s research project utilized insurance data to look at medication compliance and hospital utilization among Asian and Pacific Islanders with Type 2 Diabetes, and; a second Fellow’s project looked at menthol tobacco use among Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. Both UHI projects were completed early due to the Fellows’ post-graduate plans. OMH funded one ORISE Fellow at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), who researched health literacy and the accessing of health information among Spanish-speaking Mexican citizens. The UNMC project was completed on schedule. OMH funded an ORISE Fellow at Meharry Medical College (MMC), who researched the susceptibility of HIV transmission among African-American women infected with bacterial vaginosis. The MMC project was granted a 9 month extension due to difficulties procuring tissue samples and to gain IRB approval for a revision to the research protocol. The project was successfully closed at the end of the 9-month extension.

Milestone DescriptionMilestone DateMilestone StatusMilestone Completion Date

1. Identify colleges and university for potential MOU collaboration


Completed 6/1/2012

2. Develop research proposals based on OMH priority issues


Completed 6/1/2012

3. Implement and monitor research project


Completed 4/30/2013

Key Projects Legend

Milestone StatusDefinition
Not Yet StartedWork for specific milestone has not yet been started.
CompletedMilestone and/or overall project is completed.
On TrackMilestone - On track for completion by milestone deadline. Quarter status - Project is on track for completion based on overall milestone status.
On HoldMilestone - On hold, but deadline for completion has not passed. Quarter status - Project is on hold, based on overall milestone status.
DelayedMilestone - Delayed as it has not been completed and deadline has passed. Quarter status - Project is delayed based on overall milestone status.


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