Equity, Evidence & Engagement
Research Roundtable Focuses on Incorporating an Antiracism Framework in Health Equity Research
The TREE Center was pleased to host Dr. Zinzi Bailey as she led one of the bi-monthly Research Roundtables held by the Investigator Development Core (IDC). The roundtables are a venue for exploring topics aligned with the TREE Center’s mission that foster skills in transdisciplinary, multilevel, community-engaged research among pilot project PIs. The focus of Dr. Bailey’s session was on incorporating an antiracism framework into specific aims and methods in order to improve the science of health equity research. Dr. Bailey provided discussion questions focused on the inclusion of racism, oppression and historical racialization into research questions and methods.

Five TREE Center Pilot Project PIs and their research partners from community and academia participated in the roundtable breakout sessions where they discussed the degree to which they were including an antiracism framework into their studies. Dr. Pilar Sanjuan stated, “I really liked the roundtable. One take-away I have been mulling over was the need to deeply consider the cultural appropriateness of interventions and how this applies to my research with doulas. I'm considering conducting some additional research to examine the question of how doula support is culturally appropriate or not for different people.”

Some of the Pilot PIs also recognized that they were already incorporating critical race theory into their work to some extent. Dr. Bailey’s talk reinforced what they were doing and provided additional strategies to consider. Dr. Noah Painter-Davis stated, “Dr. Bailey's talk emphasized that critical approaches can be applied at all stages of the research process in ways that make methods stronger and get closer to a fuller understanding of social issues. Dr. Bailey's presentation was a strong-refutation of the broad-brush perception by many that critical approaches are not scientific, and demonstrated that when applied thoughtfully, can be more scientific than traditional approaches.” The IDC was excited to have Dr. Bailey lead this roundtable, and we look forward to seeing how the concepts and strategies she presented are incorporated into the work of TREE Center researchers in the future.
We are pleased to announce that we are constantly growing as a community. Please welcome our new Program Manager, Selene Ortiz and our Social Media and Communications Specialist, Angel Fernando Gutierrez
Selene was born in Toluca, Mexico, and grew up in Glendale, Arizona. Previously, she was a senior academic advisor at the Anderson School of Management. She is passionate about the inclusion of undocumented students in graduate preparation programs, scholarships, and internships. Through her community organizing experience, Selene has been able to work with faculty and staff to bring awareness to undocumented students' issues at the University of New Mexico. She has experience conducting community-based participatory research with immigrant communities in New Mexico.

She is excited to be part of the TREE center because of its transdisciplinary and multi-level research approach and engagement of scholars of color in New Mexico.  
Fernando grew up in Farmington, New Mexico. He is currently a junior at the University of New Mexico majoring in chemical engineering with a concentration in chemical processes. His goal is to graduate from UNM with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and apply his knowledge in either the petroleum or renewable energy industries. Previously, he was involved as a math tutor for ENLACE and as a chemistry tutor while attending San Juan College, where he obtained an associate's of science degree in engineering. Fernando has years of experience in laboratory environments performing various experiments and knowledge in the oil and gas industry.

He is extremely excited to be part of the TREE Center program and looks forward to all the great experiences that are just over the horizon.
Virtual Writing Studios:
Advancing Team Writing and Knowledge for Health Equity

Thursday, Fall 2020, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Dates: December: 17

Nina Wallerstein, DrPH, Steven Verney, PhD & Lisa Cacari Stone, PhD
Application Period Open Through December 31, 2020

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is pleased to announce a training program to provide participants with critical skills in designing, conducting, evaluating, and reporting multilevel intervention research within cancer care delivery. 

The Multilevel Intervention Training Institute (MLTI) is intended to build capacity and skills for researchers in the field of cancer care to further multilevel intervention research (e.g., delivering seminars, forming new collaborations, mentoring, and submitting grant proposals responsive to NCI funding announcements). It is our hope that participants will return to their home institutions prepared to share what they have learned.

MLTI comprises distance learning sessions that cover relevant theory and its use in multilevel intervention research; study approaches and methods (quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods); and additional topics central to the design, successful funding, and conduct of research on multilevel cancer care delivery interventions.

The 4-month program will include web-based lectures and conference call-based small group sessions from February-June, 2021.
Apply for the UCSF Learning for Early Careers in Addiction and Diversity (LEAD) Program
Application Deadline: December 30, 2020

The Learning for Early Careers in Addiction and Diversity (LEAD) Program at UCSF is looking to recruit its seventh cohort of visiting scholars to participate in this 3-year research education training program.

The LEAD Program uses the NIDA Clinical Trials Network (CTN) as a platform for training early-career investigators.

The application deadline is December 30, 2020. All qualified early-stage research scientists from underrepresented racial/ethnic backgrounds with a research focus in substance use are highly encouraged to apply. Referrals of specific candidates would be especially appreciated. We are happy to make the first contact and provide details directly to the candidate.

Download the flyer for more information: Click Here
Live Online Professional NIH Grant Development Workshop
Master the techniques of writing superior winning NIH proposals

December 7-8, 2020
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Mountain Time
Sponsored by the Grant Training Center

For the safety and well-being of all our workshop participants, rather than returning to the University of New Mexico, as planned, we will be holding this Professional NIH Grant Development workshop live online. It will include: the same length of instruction, interactive discussions, and one-on-ones with the instructor.

Participants will learn how to:

  1. Make the match with the appropriate NIH Institute, program and grant mechanism for their idea(s)
  2. Identify and avoid common pitfalls of a grant
  3. Write exceptional Specific Aims pages
  4. Effectively address each piece of the application
  5. Understand the review process and how to successfully write for reviewers
  6. Learn what actually happens in the study section
  7. Decipher pink sheets: The inevitable resubmission
  8. Build an airtight case for funding

Our ultimate goal is for you to walk away with a product specific to your interests, which includes the grant design, abstract and budget.

Questions? Call us at (866) 704-7268
Workshop Fee: $595.00 (includes comprehensive resources, a workbook, and certificate of completion)
Rebate of $45.00 per person is given for two or more registrants from the same organization.
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December 14, 2020
Discount: $50 off by registering for both the DOD and NIH workshops. Only the highest discount will apply.

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State of New Mexico Emergency Support Function 6 - Community Fund: Emergency Food Distribution

Given the worsening COVID situation in the state and especially for some of our Tribal and other underserved communities, we are providing some important information about the State’s Emergency Support Function 6 – the state government unit responsible for emergency food distribution.
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