2021 Diversity Chair Investigator Award Recipients Announced

Investigating inequities in trainee evaluations and using community-based behavioral health interventions to reduce health care disparities among Latinx patients were two of the four projects that received a Department of Medicine 2021 Diversity Chair Investigator Award.

Now in its second year, the Diversity Chair Investigator Awards program supports innovative research that addresses health inequities, health care disparities, social determinants of health, and cultural competence. Each recipient receives a grant of $50,000 and the opportunity to present their work during medical grand rounds.

“We received a number of wonderful proposals, which made our job even more difficult, said Tamara Dunn, MD, clinical assistant professor of medicine (hematology) and associate chair of diversity and inclusion. “But I am very proud that there is so much of this amazing work being done across the department focused on diversity, equity and inclusion. These four dynamic proposals will help make strides for health equity. Please join me in congratulating these amazing investigators. We really look forward to seeing how this work comes into fruition.”

Meet the recipients:

Shoa Clark, MD, PhD, instructor of medicine and pediatrics (cardiology)

Addressing racial disparities in the clinical assessment of polygenic risk for coronary artery disease

Robert Huang, MD, instructor of medicine (gastroenterology and hepatology)

The NEIGHBORS Study: Understanding how community level immigrant diversity mediates the neighborhood physical and social environment to modify health behaviors

Maria Juarez-Reyes, MD, PhD, clinical assistant professor of medicine (primary care and population health)

Reducing health care disparities among Spanish speaking Latinx patients: A community based behavioral health intervention

Andre Kumar, MD, MeD, clinical assistant professor of medicine (hospital medicine)

Investigating inequities in trainee evaluations for women and underrepresented minority physicians