July 7, 2023

Cassandra Turner Wins NCID Award

HILS PhD student awarded summer research grant administered by the National Center for Institutional Diversity (NICD)

Cassandra Turner, a PhD Student in Health Infrastructures/Learning Systems, was awarded for the following project:

Achieving Anti-Racist, Anti-Stigmatizing Care within Primary Care Settings: An Exploration of Barriers and Facilitators of Access and Engagement in Health Promotion Services for Black Patients

Obesity and related conditions disproportionately affect racialized and marginalized individuals. Racism and stigma within health systems and broader society exacerbates these inequities. Removing barriers to access and engagement in health promotion, obesity care will be imperative for eradicating these health inequities. This project utilizes a mixed methods approach to quantitatively analyze variation in referrals to and completion of obesity care services and qualitatively explore anti-racist, anti-stigmatizing approaches of engaging Black patients in care. This work aligns with my existing research in diabetes prevention/management and could provide insights for broader systemic change to transform health promotion within primary care.

More information about the program and other awardees can be found here.

The Anti-Racism Collaborative, administered by the National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID), has awarded 21 summer research grants totaling more than $100,000 to individuals and teams comprised of U-M graduate students. Along with NCID, the student focused grant initiative is co-sponsored by Rackham and the Center for Racial Justice in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. It aims to support research projects focused on racial inequality, racial equity, and racial justice while advancing graduate student progress toward degree. Additionally, the program provides ongoing professional development and support to the grantees