Washington Receives AcademyHealth Award
Deidre Washington, PhD, a postdoctoral research associate, in the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy, has been awarded a scholarship from AcademyHealth’s new Minority Scholars Program.
Washington has been recognized for her potential to contribute to the field of health services research through her promising work. The scholarship provides support for travel and lodging for her to attend AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting in Boston on June 27 to 29, as well as training in research methods and attendance at the Disparities Interest Group meeting. As a part of the program, Washington will also be matched with a mentor who is an health-services research expert.
"I'm am extremely proud of Deidre and the work she has done," says Betsy Sleath, PhD, chair of the division. "This is a great honor for her as AcademyHealth is the leading organization in the field of health services research."
Supported by a grant from the Aetna Foundation, the Minority Scholars Program covers a range of activities to support the professional development of fifteen underrepresented minorities in the field of health services research and to help build the pipeline of disparities researchers.
According to AcademyHealth, the goal of this new program is to support the professional development of underrepresented minorities in the field of health services research. HSR is the multidisciplinary field of scientific investigation that studies how social factors, financing systems, organizational structures and processes, health technologies, and personal behaviors affect access to health care, the quality and cost of health care, and ultimately our health and well-being. Its research domains are individuals, families, organizations, institutions, communities, and populations. For more information about this program and a complete list of scholarship recipients, visit www.academyhealth.org/minorityscholars.