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Current Research

Diversify the Faculty, Transform the Institution: Learning from the Work-Life Experiences of African American, Latina/o and Native American Faculty.

Diverse college faculty play an integral role in advancing new knowledge and fostering pluralistic perspectives among young change agents that will advance equity in a diverse and global society. While greater numbers of underrepresented minority (URM) students are filling college and university classrooms, URM faculty representation lags far behind. African American/Blacks, Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, and Native/Indian Americans have been historically underrepresented in the academy, relative to their proportion in the general U.S. population, and remain so today. The overall aims of this project are three: to synthesize and produce valid and meaningful evidenced-based information on higher education practices in consultation with a strategic advisory committee to expand the bench and enrich diversity in academia and to produce timely translation of these data into higher education work force policies; (2) to conduct a retreat with early career scholars who conduct scholarly work in Annie E. Casey Foundation program areas. A competitive process will be used. Senior scholars will be present to transmit lessons learned from the data on key workplace strategies necessary to navigate the academic terrain for successful tenured careers; and (3) to convene three national consultative sessions of key higher education administrative personnel and stakeholders to disseminate the information to inform their current policies and practices so as to contribute to the recruitment and retention of underrepresented minority (URM) faculty.

Medication Adherence Program for Hispanics: (MAP-H): Improving Medication Adherence and Quality of Life (QOL) among U.S. Hispanics with Diabetes: A Patient-Centered Intervention.

Diabetes is a progressive, chronic illness that disproportionately affects Hispanic adults. The prevalence of diabetes in the Hispanic population has grown to epidemic proportions in the last 3 decades especially as the population ages. The goals of this project are to determine whether a patient-centered pharmaceutical education intervention for Hispanics (MAP-H) and linking patients with community-based pharmacists can improve medication adherence, glycemic control and quality of life in a community cohort of U.S. Hispanic patients with diabetes compared with usual care. The long-term goal is to apply/translate the findings in other low income and low literacy Hispanic and other communities to reduce racial/ethnic disparities in diabetes management and control. Through our partnerships with patients, community-based organization front-line workers, pharmacists, health care providers (including doctors, nurses, and diabetes educators) and research teams, the specific aims of the project are: 1) Develop, pilot test, and refine an intervention (MAP-H) to improve diabetes outcomes that are important to patients’ voices by ethnically tailoring the intervention to be representative of patient expressed needs and preferences. 2) Test the effectiveness of the MAP-H intervention compared to usual care in improving medication adherence and patient-centered quality of life outcomes, and 3) Collaboratively evaluate with stakeholders the effectiveness of the intervention and disseminate MAP-H through Hispanic and diabetes focused organizations for implementation in underserved Hispanic communities.

Planning and Coordinating Baseline Survey Activities for a National Latina Wealth Report Card: Implications for Tax Policy and Asset Growth.

This research project will focus on developing a national assessment of Latina small business assets and wealth and to develop microenterprise stimulating tax policy solutions. The overall aims of this project are to: develop a focused survey and a sampling plan by geographic region of ethnic concentration to obtain baseline information on women-owned businesses by native born and immigrant Latino subgroup (Mexican American, Puerto Rican, Cuban and other Latino women); create a sustainable nation-wide monitoring survey tool to measure accumulation of economic assets (homeownership, savings, annual income, stocks and bonds etc.), and microbusinesses growth among Latino women, households and communities on an annual basis; and generate valid and meaningful evidence-based information for timely translation into tax policy. The achievement of these aims will strengthen the Latino community and its middle class through sustaining asset building, wealth accumulation and growth in microbusiness.

For further reading on intersectionality, please browse our Intersectional Research Database.