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New Child Health Funding Initiative
You might have heard about a new funding initiative aimed at promoting children’s health. This program, entitled CHAMP (Child Health Research Acceleration through Multisite Planning), is designed to support investigator-initiated child health and lifespan research that requires multisite involvement to ensure that participant accrual and retention goals are met. CHAMP will provide start-up funding for design, statistical analysis, and informatics plans for high-impact multisite studies. UNM’s CTSC will be participating in this multi-site CTSA consortia.

CHAMP involves collaboration with 15 CTSA hubs. These 15 hubs are divided into three pods, each consisting of five universities. The CTSC is in the second pod, alongside Medical University of South Carolina; Mount Sinai Medical Center; University of California, Irvine; and Northwestern University.

The CHAMP program is accepting proposals from each of the 3 pods for a $50,000 pilot. The research must represent novel, relevant, and high-impact topics in child ]health. Proposals must involve all five members of the CHAMP-pod.

If interested in applying for this opportunity, please email a letter of intent by February 15, 2016 to Christina Anderson.

Final applications will be due to Andra Kiscaden by March 1, 2016.

Awardees must agree to:
  • Participate in a team building conference to cement an organizational chart, business plan, and timelines relevant to their project
  • Work with CTSC administrative structure in the monitoring of goals
  • Develop plans for extramural funding
For more information, please view the Application Details.

Biostatistics Training Opportunities
The UNM Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC) and its Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design Core is pleased to offer HSC researchers the opportunity to participate in a sequence of webinars, seminars, and short courses covering biostatistics methodology and research design topics throughout the year.

For more information on training opportunities, please visit the Biostatistics Training page.

CTSC Announces New Pricing
CTSC is committed to cultivating an environment that promotes innovation, collaboration and the highest standards in patient protections, while also balancing efficiency with the growing complexity of conducting biomedical research. Please visit the CTSC Pricing webpage for information about our pricing policies and operational costs.

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A Multisite Community-Based Health Literacy Intervention for Spanish Speakers.

Soto Mas F, Cordova C, Murrietta A, Jacobson HE, Ronquillo F, Helitzer D. A Multisite Community-Based Health Literacy Intervention for Spanish Speakers. J Community Health. 2014 Oct 16.

This article is about a CTSC-funded pilot study that explored the feasibility of using different community settings to implement interventions for improving health literacy. The study team worked closely with community partners in Santa Barbara/Martineztown, an historic neighborhood near downtown Albuquerque, to coordinate participant groups at three sites – an elementary school, a community church, and a large hotel with many Spanish-speaking employees. The participants attended classes and received instruction in a unique curriculum that combines English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction with health literacy education.

Francisco Soto Mas, MD, PhD, principal investigator and professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, developed the curriculum to address health disparities and higher rates of disease among Spanish-speaking adults in the United States. Carla Cordova, MPH, CTSC Community Engaged Research Core (CERC) Manager, and Ambroshia Murrietta, MHS, CTSC CERC Associate Scientist, helped to coordinate and implement the study. Francisco J. Ronquillo, PA, a Health Extension Rural Offices (HEROs) agent, helped facilitate recruitment by giving bilingual presentations and distributing information to community partners.
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The UNM CTCS is supported in part by the Clinical & Translational Science Awards (CTSA). The CTSA initiative is led by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) at the National Institutes of Health.

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