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MSDH Community Research Fellows Training II Comes to Central Mississippi

Jackson, MS – The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) Office of Health Disparity Elimination announces that applications are now available for the Community Research Fellows Training II, August 4 – November 10, 2015, at the University of Phoenix, 120 Stone Creek Blvd #200 in Flowood.

The training will engage community members in understanding public health research and strategies to improve community health outcomes. “In Mississippi, those without a high school diploma earn less than $15,000 a year and have the least favorable outcomes, with minority and Limited English Proficiency populations having the worst health outcomes. By training community members on how to address health issues their communities can become healthier,” said Dr. Tanya Funchess, Director for the Office of Health Disparity Elimination.

The training will allow interactive discussion between attendees and experts in public health and research and feature presentations such as health disparity, grant writing, family health history, research methods, and health policy. The Community Research Fellows training is a 16 consecutive week program, and participant must be able to commit to the three-hour weekly sessions.

The Community Research Fellows Training promotes the role of racial/ethnic and other underserved populations in research by increasing the capacity for community based participatory research among university researchers, public health workers, community based organizations and community health workers serving Mississippi.

Twenty-five fellows graduated from the training program in December 2014, and two group projects were funded to address community health issues. The training is free and open to the public but an application must be completed. Applications are available online now and are due June 15, 2015.

For more information about the Community Research Fellows Training II, please contact the Office of Health Disparity Elimination at 601-206-1540 or visit



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