Research Infrastructure in Minority Institutions

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Research Infrastructure in Minority Institutions (RIMI) Project:

A Key Collaboration between Howard University and the University of the District of Columbia.

Funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities.



The Howard University Division of Allied Health Sciences, College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences in collaboration with the District of Columbia’s Department of Nursing and Allied Health and the McFarland Institute were awarded a five year
multi-million dollar grant to develop the research infrastructure in UDC’s Nursing and Allied Health Programs and to strengthen the research capacity among the nursing and allied health faculty and undergraduate students.

Over the next five years, the partnership aims to achieve the following:

  • Identify and prepare tenure-track faculty in the Department of Nursing and Allied Health to conduct independent research.
  • Identify and mentor undergraduate students in nursing and allied health for research activity or graduate education.
  • Promote the development of a research culture in the Department of Nursing and Allied Health through a series of ongoing research enrichment activities.
  • Infuse research concepts and methods across the nursing and allied health curricula focusing on racial and ethnic health disparities.
  • Build an academic research infrastructure in the health sciences that supports cutting edge, innovative education, and research related to the elimination of health disparities.

The project is supported by a multidisciplinary advisory committee comprised of experts in healthcare, healthcare administration, biomedical and social research, health care policy, and the faith-based community. In addition, a pool of accomplished researchers (Mentors) and a variety of research activities will direct and facilitate accomplishing the goals and objectives of this collaboration involving faculty and students.



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