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Training Core

The Training Core is the capacity building arm of the EXPORT Center. The Training Core implements programs to increase the number of students and faculty, especially racial/ethnic minorities, conducting health disparities research. This core manages all training projects and provides cultural competency and diversity training for students and faculty at partnering institutions. The Training Core builds on the research and expertise of the faculty, students, and collaborating networks.


Training Core Director:

Dr. Lynette Gibson, 2003 - 2006

Dr. Karen Kemper, 2006 - Present
Training Core Co-Director: Dr. Leroy Davis, 2003 - Present


Training Core projects and activities:

Summer Faculty Research Training Workshop

June 4th – June 8th, 2007

Clemson University

This workshop assisted faculty in developing a research program that focuses on health disparities in obesity or obesity-related conditions. A major goal was to help faculty to develop successful proposals for external funding of health disparities research. Program trainees (1) participated in a five-day intensive training program focusing on proposal development and grant-writing, (2) engaged in a year-long mentorship with an experienced researcher, and (3) received consultation on grant proposal development through the Center for Research on Health Disparities. Five faculty traineeships were awarded to Voorhees and Clemson faculty based on a peer-reviewed application process.



Summer Student Research Training Program

June 4th – June 22nd, 2007

Clemson University

This intensive three-week program focused on helping undergraduate students develop necessary research skills, such as data management and analysis; conducting literature searches; working with human subjects; and submitting manuscripts for publication. During the first week of the program, the select pool of students engaged in classroom-based training and were assigned a mentor, who they assisted with 80 hours of hands-on-research during the remainder of the program.



Bioethics Conferences

The Center has hosted three highly successful bioethics conferences to train undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, practitioners, educators, and community members. The conferences have included Bioethics: Better Lives through Research, held May 27-28, 2004; Bioethics, Genetics & the Human Genome Project, held September 16, 2005; and Faith-Based Healthcare to Reduce Health Disparities, held September 15, 2006. The conferences brought together national experts to present on and engage in dialogue about health disparity topics. Past presenters have included Dr. Georgia Dunston (Howard University), Dr. Annette Dula (University of Colorado), Dr. Robert McKeown (University of South Carolina), Dr. Aristides Patrinos (US Department of Energy), and Dr. John Stone (Tuskegee University).

These conferences allowed researchers, experts, and lay persons the chance to dialogue and organize around key health disparities issues. Collaboration and networking resulting from the conferences led to increased research interest and engagement as community members had the chance to with presenters, other attendees, and EXPORT staff. Conference attendees commented on the unique and timely attention given to the meeting topics.




The Training Core has also developed and offered a graduate-level course, NURS 879: Minority Health and Health Disparities, to train nursing students in health disparities-related research and practice issues. Students in this course examine theories, concepts, and psychological and socio-cultural issues related to the causes and persistence of health disparities. In addition, students explore clinical practice patterns and ways of thinking and behaving from the perspectives of patients and providers. This course remains available to graduate students as an elective.


The Training Core also has presented in many college classrooms, working significantly with nursing students to teach about health disparities and ways to ameliorate them.



Undergraduate Institutional Review Board Training Assistance

Training Core Director, Dr. Karen Kemper, developed a training notebook for students to learn about the IRB process. By simplifying and demystifying the IRB process, the notebook has helped undergraduate students to go through the process of requesting IRB approval to conduct and participate in research. Dr. Kemper also engaged students from Voorhees College and Clemson University in her research project, described on the Research Core page.



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