2020 Advancing Health Equity & Diversity Pilot Awards

The 2020 UW ICTR Advancing Health Equity and Diversity (AHEAD) Pilot Program will award grants to three UW investigators conducting health disparities research with underserved populations.

The AHEAD initiative is a program of the ICTR Collaborative Center for Health Equity and engages participants from multiple fellowship & postdoctoral training programs in the School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) as well as other early stage investigators pursuing health equity research across the UW campus. Stephanie Budge, PhD, serves as AHEAD Program Faculty Director. Budge notes:

Stephanie BudgeWe were excited to receive the highest ever number of responses to the 2020 AHEAD pilot RFA! AHEAD is committed to providing constructive and supportive mentoring across our programming. For our next cycle of AHEAD Pilots, we plan to offer additional preparatory resources in order to prepare all applicants for award eligibility and submission requirements.

The 2020 project areas span the lifecourse, from looking at social media usage and bullying among Latinx and Black youth to resource utilization by dementia caregivers in the Oneida Nation. Awardees are:

  • Mollie McQuillan, PhD, Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, School of Education
    Mentor: Stephanie Budge, PhD
    Research: Investigating the Work Experiences and Health of Trans Workers in K-12 Schools
  • Alvin Thomas, PhD, Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, School of Human Ecology
    Mentor: Janean Dilworth-Bart, PhD
    Research: Social Media Use and Parent Interruption: Expanding Considerations of Positive Youth Development
  • Mary Wyman, PhD, Advanced Fellow in Geriatrics, Madison VA GRECC
    Mentor: Carey Gleason, PhD
    Research: Understanding Resource Utilization by Dementia Caregivers in the Oneida Nation

Christine Sorkness, PharmD, Associate Director of CCHE adds:

We’re thrilled with the number and variety of applications submitted in this cycle and are so grateful to our esteemed panel of expert reviewers from across campus disciplines. It was inspiring to see so much interest in the AHEAD opportunity to fund health equity research projects and we had quite a difficult task narrowing down the awardees. In parallel, we were pleased to issue 2020 COVID-19 Response Grant Awards that ICTR supported with the Wisconsin Partnership Program (WPP).

Congratulations to all awardees!

See more about the previously funded AHEAD Pilot Projects.