Andrea K. Brown, a graduate environmental health student, was accepted to participate in the 2014 Summer Obesity Research Training (SORT), which is a five-day intensive study of health disparities program focused on obesity and its complications. The program was sponsored by the Jackson State University’s Center of Excellence in Minority Health and Health Disparities (JSU CEMHD) in collaboration with the University of Alabama - Birmingham Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center (UAB MHRC). SORT accepts applications from graduate students enrolled in a master or doctoral program at Alcorn State University, Jackson State University, and Mississippi Valley State University, each year.
“It is a great accomplishment for Ms. Brown to be accepted to the program and good news for our University,” said Dr. Richard Mushi, associate professor of rural public policy and planning. Dr. Mushi also serves as the Center of Excellence in Minority Health and Health Disparities, Research Training and Education Core liaison, charged with recruiting junior faculty and graduate students from Mississippi Valley State University.
SORT is grant funded by the National Institutes of Health/National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIH/NIMHD) to discuss persisting and present health problems that take a toll on the quality of life and economic resources in certain populations like African-Americans and other minorities. Also, the program addresses and eliminates health disparities and builds viable, healthy communities using epidemiologic and health services research. SORT is a highly competitive program. It draws among highly qualified applicants pursuing master or doctoral programs from the three institutions of higher learning.
“During this one year program, I will work closely with my mentor, Dr. Louis Hall in constructing comprehensive research that will address the causes and solutions of obesity and diabetes syndemic in the Mississippi Delta,” said Brown. “Many thanks to Dr. Mushi for exposing me to this opportunity and guiding me through the application process, and Dr. Hall for serving as my mentor,” added Brown.