The CSULB RIMI Project is a 5-year, multi-million dollar project sponsored by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. The RIMI Project was designed to address gaps and challenges to conducting research at CSULB on minority health and health disparities topics, and to train and support faculty and students interested in these topics. The focus of its efforts is community and public health approaches to reducing health disparities. The RIMI Project consists of four Cores:
- Administrative and Capacity Building
- Research Faculty Development
- Academic Enrichment for Students
- Shared Resources.
The Research Faculty Development Core is the center of efforts to increase faculty capacity to conduct minority health and health disparities research, and mentor students from health disparities populations to be the next generation of researchers in these areas. The Academic Enrichment for Students Core is designed to support racial and ethnic minority students and others with an interest in health disparities research to become skilled behavioral and social science researchers whose work will contribute to the body of minority health and health disparities research. One of the goals of the RIMI Project was the establishment of the Center for Health Equity Research, which has now come to fruition.
CSULB RIMI has supported 21 faculty members from 14 departments to conduct independent research.
Faculty and RIMI leadership staff completed 13 intramural and extramural proposals (10 were funded, including an NIH R 21).
Seven manuscripts were published, 39 scientific presentations were completed, and 4 manuscripts are in press.
What do RIMI scholars say about the RIMI project?
“I developed an enhanced interest in health-related research and project evaluation, and I am now interested in a PhD.”
“The RIMI experience helped me to apply the theory I was learning in class to real-life programs.”
“I believe that being a part of this program made me a successful candidate for a PhD program. I wish more students had the opportunities that I had as a RIMI scholar. I am so grateful to everyone who contributed to my growth this year. Because of this program, I want to come back to teach at CSULB under the loan forgiveness program. Thank you all.”
“The RIMI momentum kept me going. I would have been lost without it.”
"I truly learned the importance of diversity. This experience helped me embrace diversity.”
“I made an important connection with Dr. Felipe Castro (RIMI Research Advisory Committee member and Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University) and decided to apply to the doctorate program in psychology at his institution…I realized I wanted to apply my interest in the field of psychology to a community health focus.”