Jackson, Miss. — The Mississippi State Department of Health’s (MSDH) Office of Health Disparity Elimination has partnered with the Gulf States Health Policy Center (based in Bayou La Batre, Ala.) to offer the third session of Community Research Fellows Training to be held January 12 – May 10, 2016, in Hattiesburg.
This free training program helps members of the community gain insight from public health researchers on understanding local health issues. “In Mississippi, those without a high school diploma earn less than $15,000 a year and have the least favorable health outcomes, with minority and limited English proficiency populations having the worst outcomes. By training community members on how to address health issues, their communities can become healthier,” said Dr. Tanya Funchess, Director for the Office of Health Disparity Elimination.
Community Research Fellows Training aids members to become strong consumers of research and helps them understand how to use research as a tool to improve health outcomes in their community. The groups of individuals who are trained in these sessions are able to play vital roles in their community through serving on Institutional Review Boards and community research advisory boards.
Applicants must be able to commit to three hours once a week, for 16 consecutive weeks. Each applicant must be a resident of Mississippi and at least 18 years old. Those with an interest in improving minority health, public health research or reducing health disparities are strongly encouraged to apply. Community Research Fellows Training results in members who become more engaged with their community by participating in this interactive survey course based on a standard Masters of Public Health program. The skills gained from the training will help community members become leaders in positively impacting and improving the health of their local communities.
Twenty-five fellows graduated from the first training session in December 2014, and 28 individuals are currently in the Jackson training session. Applications are available online now and are due November 2, 2015.
For more information about the Community Research Fellows Training, please contact the Office of Health Disparity Elimination at 601-206-1540 or visit http://HealthyMS.com/cfrt.
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