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REU Site: Community-Engaged Training for Advancing Health Equity


Research Team

Name Name

Principal Investigator: Trey Andrews

Co-Principal Investigators: Lorey Wheeler, Timothy Nelson, Patrick Habecker, Katie M. Edwards

Funding Information

Funding Agency: National Science Foundation (NSF)

Subcontract from: Rural Drug Addiction Research Center

Award Date: Apr 15, 2022

End Date: Mar 31, 2025


This project is funded by a subcontract from the Rural Drug Addiction Research Center.

The health research workforce remains far less diverse than the communities it serves. Adequate representation is vital to advancing health equity within these fields. 

This project provides a research experience for undergraduates (REU) designed to deepen and diversify the workforce in health science careers by training participants in community-engaged methodological approaches to health equity research. It will extend and increase the overall scope of an already successful summer undergraduate research program with a record of accomplishment for attracting women and racial/ethnic minorities to issues in health and health equity. 

The program facilitates cohort experiences in a laboratory setting, integrating REU students with project managers, post-doctoral researchers, graduate students and undergraduate research assistants for optimal learning and engagement.

Participants will be encouraged to pursue careers in social and behavioral health sciences and will present the research results to other REU participants and a wider audience of health practitioners at regional and national conferences. 

Social, Emotional and Behavioral Well-being

Trey Andrews, associate professor of ethnic studies and psychology