Sangmi Kim, PhD, an epidemiologist at the GRU Cancer Center, was selected to participate as a Scholar in the 2015 National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) Translational Health Disparities Course: Integrating Principles of Science, Practice and Policy in Health Disparities Research, which took place August 3-14, 2015 in Bethesda, Maryland. Applications for this opportunity were extremely competitive, and her participation is a distinct honor and a compliment to her work in addressing health disparities.
Other participants, including health care/public health professionals, public policy professionals, academic and community researchers, members of community- and faith-based organizations, and scientists engaged in health disparities research and activities, contributed to a diverse array of perspectives. Their intensive training occurred from 8:30 am – 6:00 pm and continued into the evening with group-based case studies. Dr. Kim was a member of the genetics group, as was Dr. Ewan Cobran, of the University of Georgia. Interestingly, Drs. Kim and Cobran are two of the three 2015 awardees of pilot grant funding through the Georgia Regents University American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant.
Top-tier speakers and training resources made the NIMHD course an unforgettable experience for Dr. Kim. “Before attending this event, I was more data-focused – driven by what was academically possible with a given set of data. Now, I am much more keenly aware of public health impact and am focused on the data in the context of practical application. My perspective has grown tremendously.”