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Diversity Travel Scholarship Program

Institution: American Legacy Foundation
Investigator(s): Donna Vallone, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Award Cycle: 2011 (Cycle 20) Grant #: 20ST-0167 Award: $3,303
Subject Area: Tobacco-Use Prevention and Cessation
Award Type: Special Projects

Initial Award Abstract
Background The 2004 Institute of Medicine Report, In the Nation's Compelling Interest: Ensuring Diversity in the Health Care Workforce, clearly states that although the diversity of the United States is rapidly increasing, many minority racial/ethnic groups are under-represented in the health professions. Increasing diversity, particularly among researchers, may help to enhance the diversity of research environments and ultimately help improve global health. Purpose The Tobacco-Related Health Disparities Network of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) has established as one of its goals to increase the diversity of its membership. Therefore, SRNT is committed to increasing the diversity of researchers who help to stimulate and generate new knowledge concerning nicotine in all its manifestations -- from the molecular to the societal level. The purpose of the Diversity Travel Scholarship program is to increase the diversity of researchers interested in nicotine and tobacco research by: 1) Providing travel support to attend the 2012 Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco 18th Annual Meeting and 2) Promoting collaboration and intergenerational and interdisciplinary networking. The scholarship program is a partnership between the American Legacy Foundation, the National Cancer Institute, the California Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program, and the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco and is administered by the Tobacco-Related Health Disparities Network of SRNT.