The Investigator Development core will provide mentoring and research support to junior minority faculty who are interested in developing academic careers that will focus on improving the health of minority elders. Thus, the core is involved in selecting pilot studies and organizing the mentorship of pilot investigators. The Investigator Development Core has four specific aims:
- To support a pilot grants program consisting of, at a
minimum, 3 new projects each year designed to foster the development
of innovative, community-based health services research designed
to improve the health of minority elders and ultimately to
contribute to the science needed to reduce disparities in
health and health care.
- To provide structured mentorship for trainees, junior faculty,
and mid-level faculty who are seeking research careers that
focus on the health of minority elders.
- To provide a structured curriculum to prepare minority
faculty with requisite research skills to design and carry
out studies in the community that address health disparities
and to prepare minority junior investigators to succeed as
tenured researchers who have focused their research agendas
on minority aging.
- To develop a plan for dissemination and evaluation of UCLA/Drew
CHIME findings for local community, local and national scientific