Research Infrastructure in Minority Institutions (RIMI)

RIMI was a mentoring project to enhance the research infrastructure of minority institutions, specifically to increase the number of research faculty in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and motivate these universities to become comprehensive research-level institutions. McFarland & Associates was a collaborative partner in the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities RIMI project with the University of the District of Columbia and Howard University.

The Grant Covered These Activities:

  • Develop 10 tenure-track junior faculty into senior researchers in the areas of health disparities.
  • Build an academic research infrastructure at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC).
  • Identify and mentor students in nursing and allied health to pursue research in health disparities.
  • Infuse research concepts and methods across the curriculum for nursing and allied health courses applicable to eliminate health disparities.
  • Promote a research culture in the Department of Nursing and Allied Health.
  • Demonstrate how collaborative efforts can improve on the historical efforts of the faith community to provide a wide range of services to their communities.
  • Address the importance of the faith community’s understanding of health promotion and disease prevention.

The Outcomes of this Initiative Were As Follows:

  • Produced eight dyads (teams consisting of a senior research faculty mentor and a junior faculty mentee) engaged in producing research projects in the health disparities.
  • Identified best practices and lessons learned to support mentorship projects.
  • Completed project articles for refereed journals, with the first article being “The District of Columbia: Partnership with Howard University and the McFarland Institute.”
  • Developed a SMART Approach at UDC to support research in the Department.
  • Identified career path research students.

If you would like more information regarding this contract, please call:

Dr. Barbara Milton King
Project Director
Research Infrastructure in Minority Institutions (RIMI)
Phone: (301) 589-0780
Fax: (301) 589-2567