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7th Annual E Ho’oulu Haumāna Presentation

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Title:7th Annual E Ho’oulu Haumāna Presentation
MHIRT 2020 Abstract Book
Authors:Nerurkar, Vivek R.
Kaholokula, Joseph K.
Sy, Angela
Contributors:Nerurkar, Vivek R. (instructor)
Kaholokula, Joseph K. (instructor)
Sy, Angela (instructor)
Keywords:Minority Health Research Training Program
Date Issued:14 Aug 2020
Abstract:The Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Training (MHRT) program allows U.S. institutions
to offer short-term international and domestic research training opportunities to undergraduate and
graduate students from under-represented backgrounds. Funded by the National Institute of Minority
Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the MHRT program
is associated with the Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology at
the John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa.

The specific objectives of the program are to encourage students from under-represented
backgrounds to pursue careers in science and biomedical, clinical, and behavioral health research
and also to expose students to global health issues that relate to health disparities. The program also
aims to enable collaborations between colleges/universities and international research programs.
Currently, the program offers international research sites in Thailand, India, Liberia, and domestic sites
in Arkansas, Utah, Washington and Guam. This year due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, students
conducted their research in Hawaii. UH has partnered with leading scientists and universities in these
locations to serve as research mentors for MHRT students. Selected students spend 8-9 weeks during
the summer at their International training sites under the guidance of their assigned in-country mentor
and their UH mentor. Students engage in a variety of international and domestic health projects in
community health and tropical medicine and infectious diseases. Additionally, the MHRT program
provides the opportunity to share experiences with other trainees upon returning to Hawaii and
provides supporting opportunities for students to publish their research and/or present their research
findings at local and national conferences.
While conducting their summer research abroad, previous MHRT students also selected a cultural
project to describe their experiences while living in a different country. This year, MHRT students
conducted their research while sheltering in place in their own communities. To describe and
document their unique experiences conducting summer research amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and
restrictions, students carried out “Photovoice and COVID-19 Projects”. Photovoice is an inquiry
method used in community health and action research to document through photographs, people’s
experiences on an issue, describe and reflect on the issue, and propose solutions. Tonight’s
presentation includes MHRT students’ photovoice projects describing their lived experiences and
impressions about COVID-19 related topics while conducting their summer research projects in their
own communities while proposing solutions.
Rights:CC0 1.0 Universal
Appears in Collections: MHRT Poster Session 2020

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