Professor Aflague named 2021 Health Disparities Research Institute Scholar
Tanisha Aflague, associate professor of nutrition at the University of Guam, has been named a 2021 Health Disparities Research Institute Scholar.
The National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) Health Disparities Research Institute (HDRI) aims to support the career development of early-stage research investigators who have an interest in minority health or health disparities. The goal of the HDRI program is to provide participants with a broad overview of the leading issues facing minority health and health disparities research and stimulate discussion of proposed research projects.
According to NIMHD, this was a particularly competitive year with a large number of applicants. Applicants were selected based on their potential in becoming a health disparities researcher and their accomplishments to date.
“This opportunity means that I am closer to contributing to and expanding research in Guam, and the Pacific at large, that will address prevalent non-communicable diseases, like cancer, grounded in the cultures and resources of the Pacific,” Aflague said.
The program will include lectures, seminars, consultation sessions, and small group discussions with leading scientists and NIH staff. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Aflague will begin the program next year in August.
“I'm looking forward to learning from like-minded professionals that are passionate about indigenous peoples and cultures to address health disparities. I also am excited for the opportunity to create partnerships for collaborations,” Aflauge said.