Dr. Sylvia A. Flack Selected to Participate in NIH Course

Sylvia Flack
June 10, 2011
   Dr. Sylvia A. Flack, director of the Center of Excellence for the Elimination of Health Disparities (CEEHD) at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU), has been selected to participate as a scholar in a National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) course this summer.

    Flack is one of 54 investigators from major research institutions, federal funding agencies, colleges and universities from across the nation who will take part in “Integrating Principles of Science Practice and Policy in Health Disparities Research” course, June 20 through July 1 at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  She was selected to participate based on her work in addressing health disparities.

    NIMHD is the NIH institute that promotes minority health, conducts and supports research, training, research infrastructure, fosters emerging programs, disseminates information, and reaches out to minority and other health disparity communities. The CEEHD was established in 2006 and received a NIMHD Center of Excellence grant in 2008. 

    “The CEEHD has advanced the university’s disparities research agenda and infrastructure in diabetes, HIV/AIDS, obesity, breast cancer, hypertension, patient centeredness and e-health,” said Flack.  “We are also involved in developing diverse and minority investigators in clinical, biomedical and behavioral research.  We also offer a national initiative designed to enhance student success in 43 HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) and predominantly black institutions’ nursing programs.”

About the CEEHD
The Center of Excellence for the Elimination of Health Disparities (CEEHD) is one of Winston-Salem State University’s major public service centers.  An interdisciplinary, intra-institutional clinical and disparities research center, its mission is to improve minority health outcomes and eliminate health disparities within community, state and nation through research, research training and community outreach activities.

About the National Institutes of Health
NIH, the nation's medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases.

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