Prospective Health Scholars


The RIMI Project supports students who are considering a career in Health Equity Research.  Becoming a RIMI Health Disparities Research Scholar helps students develop the skills, knowledge, and experience which will prepare them for further academic achievement and allow them to contribute to innovative research in health disparities, health equity and minority health.


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  • What is the RIMI Health Disparities Research Health Scholars Program?
    Organized by the RIMI Project's Student Core, the Health Scholar program provides students interested in pursuing a career in health equity and minority health research with classroom instruction, applied research experience, guidance, and opportunities to participate in professional conferences and publications.  Activities include...
    • A three unit graduate course Health Equity and Disparities (HSC 407/507) taken by all Health Scholars. This course provides students with a firm understanding of the development, distribution and study of health disparities and health equity.
    • Employment as a graduate research assistant during the 1-year program in which students will work with researchers and service providers in one of the three cooperating research centers or with other faculty members engaged in health equity research.
    • Routine guidance through formal mentoring by RIMI faculty fellows and informal meetings with faculty and students.  This helps to support the educational needs of the scholars as they complete their master's level coursework, write a thesis, and prepare for doctoral level work in health equity and minority health research.
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  • How do I apply to be a Health Scholar? Health Scholars are selected each year X weeks before the beginning of the fall semester.  Completed application packets must be submitted at least four weeks in advance to be considered for the following academic year.  Applications for the 2012/2013 year are due no later than April 14th 2014. A completed application packet must include
    • A RIMI Scholar application form (download here).
    • Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended.
    • A Personal Statement (500-1,000 words) describing your interest in health disparities research and prior research experience.
    • One (1) letter of reference and contact information for two (2) additional references (include addresses /telephone numbers).
    • A curriculum vitae/resume which lists relevant coursework, projects, employment, events, or publications in which you have participated.
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  • What is expected of Health Scholars
    • The Health Scholar Program is a 1 year commitment designed to support graduate students considering a career in health equity/health disparities research.
    • All health scholars will enroll in the 3 unit course Health Equity and Disparities.
    • Health scholars will work half-time (20 hours per week) as a graduate research assistant at one or more of the three participating research centers.  This may also include working with other CSULB faculty members conducting health equity research.
    • Scholars will participate in seminars, trainings and other activities sponsored by the RIMI Project.
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  • What are the benefits of being a RIMI Health Scholar?
    • A graduate assistantship provides hands-on experience in conducting health equity research.
    • Opportunities for faculty-student mentoring guide the scholars' educational experience.
    • Many scholars have had an opportunity to publish articles in scholarly journals.
    • Scholars may attend professional conferences and academic meetings related to health disparities and the promotion of health equity, where they will have the opportunity to talk with research professionals, expand their knowledge of current research developments and findings, and may have opportunities to present findings from RIMI related research projects.
    • Scholars will enhance their professional writing skills through participation in research related activities such as grant writing, literature review, protocol and instrument development, data entry and analysis, research documentation, and the production of publications.
    • Scholars engage in monthly seminars and other specialized trainings.  Topics have included the use of software (e.g. SPSS, or Endnote), conducting focus groups, human subjects, protection, community-based participatory research (CBPR) and presentation skills among others.
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  • How can I learn more about being a RIMI Health Scholar?
  • Previous seminars and trainings attended by RIMI Scholars
    • RIMI Neighborhood Empowerment to Reduce Health Disparities Conference at California State University, Northridge (CSUN)

      Several CSULB RIMI scholars and faculty member presented research findings at this conference which joined activists and scholars statewide to further enhance RIMI’s work on health equity through information-sharing, networking, and presentations.

    • The Mental Health Consequences of Immigration and Immigration Policies for Latino Adults, Children, and Families Conference at Pepperdine University

      Attendees gained insight on mental health issues associated with Latino immigration and immigration policies.

    • 2010 American Public Health Association Conference in Denver, Colorado

      With the theme, “Social Justice: A Public Health Imperative,” the meeting explored the link between social justice and public health, and the importance of expanding the dialogue to include social determinants of health equity in all policy debates.
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