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Section for Health Equity Research Training NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health Pilot Project Program

NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health Pilot Project Program

The NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health (CSAAH) offers two 10-month awards in its Pilot Project Program to support postdoctoral fellows, junior faculty, and early-stage investigators in performing pilot research and generating preliminary findings on health disparities in Asian American populations and other emerging communities.

The Postdoctoral Fellow Award totals up to $10,000, for direct costs, and the Junior Faculty and Early Stage Investigator Award totals up to $30,000, for direct costs. We have funded 28 projects to date over the last four award cycles.

About the Pilot Project Program

CSAAH’s Investigator Development Core, co-led by Lorna E. Thorpe, PhD, and Thaddeus Tarpey, PhD, is based in the Section for Health Equity, a part of the Division of Health and Behavior at NYU Langone’s Department of Population Health. Our program aims to increase the number of junior investigators conducting health disparities research inclusive of Asian Americans, and expand their capacity to improve health equity through rigorous, community-engaged transdisciplinary research.

The CSAAH Pilot Project Program is committed to allocating $150,000 per year to support postdoctoral fellows, junior faculty, and early-career investigators at NYU Grossman School of Medicine for pilot research. Funding is ultimately intended to pave the way for larger-scale research applications and scientific discovery. Our program funding has also generated approximately more than $1.7 million in annual direct costs of additional awards over the last 4 years, including National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Career Development Awards, Research Project Grants, Administrative Supplements, and other award types through various sponsors including the American Gastroenterological Association, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and more.

Pilot Project Aims

Through funding pilot projects, our specific aims include the following:

  • to establish and sustain a network of well-trained junior investigators with an emphasis on health disparity and minority communities
  • to provide continuous mentorship and strong technical support to mentees in conducting their pilot projects and enhance their capacity to successfully compete for expanded funding nationally
  • to review and promote research products (manuscripts, proposals, community dissemination materials) to advance CSAAH scientific goals

Focus of Awards

CSAAH is guided by principles focused on achieving systemic change across multiple domains and levels of influence and stimulating action-oriented research to reduce health disparities. We have identified and established seven key strategies for advancing a transdisciplinary population health equity agenda that informs our research approach. We typically fund pilot awards that address one or more of these themes:

  • applying a social determinants of health approach
  • conducting research guided by multisectoral coalitions
  • engaging communities through community-based ethnic coalitions and pan-ethnic advisory groups
  • performing disaggregated data collection to better represent diverse populations
  • building human and social capital to highlight community strengths
  • fostering clinical practice and community linkages and access to care
  • strengthening organizational and community-based infrastructures through capacity-building activities

Additionally, we strive to eliminate health disparities and advance health equity among Asian American populations through the Section for Health Equity’s research tracks focused on cardiovascular health and diabetes, cancer, mental health, healthy aging and Alzheimer’s disease, and gender equity, and the Applied Research and Evaluation Unit. Applicants are encouraged to align their pilot project proposals with one or more of our research tracks. We also encourage applications utilizing elements of community-partnered research, systems science, mixed methods, and implementation science methodologies.

Awardees and Projects, 2021–22

Natan Vega Potler, MD
Project title: Characterizing resilience, mental health needs, and service utilization among second-generation Chinese and Mexican American adolescents in Brooklyn

Jiyuan Hu, PhD
Project title: Developing a trans-ancestry polygenic risk score for the prediction of coronary artery calcification progression among multiple ethnic groups

Omar El Shahawy, MD, PhD, MPH
Project title: Developing an mHealth ecological momentary approach for comprehensive diabetes management among Chinese American adult smokers with type 2 diabetes

Alicia Chung, EdD, MPH
Project title: Exploring strategies to address social determinants of health needs of Chinese-American families in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, in a COVID-19 Era

Perla Chebli, PhD, MPH
Project title: Participatory concept mapping and implementation developmental evaluation for BRACE-CHW: A breast and cervical cancer community health worker intervention with Chinese and Arab communities in Brooklyn

Lan N. Đoàn PhD, MPH
Project title: Neighborhood environments and COVID-19 among Asian American subgroups in New York City

Andrea Titus, PhD
Project title: Trends and risk factors associated with pediatric asthma among Medicaid-enrolled non-Hispanic Asian American children in New York City

Vanessa Salcedo, MD, MPH
Project title: Examining sugar-sweeten beverage and 100 percent fruit juice consumption in young Latinx and Asian children

Awardees and Projects, 2020–21

The following individuals have received awards for the period of September 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.

Erin Rogers, DrPH, MPH
Project title: Estimating the prevalence of, and preferences for assistance with, comorbid tobacco use and food insecurity among racial and ethnic minority cancer survivors living in New York

Jeannette M. Beasley, PhD, MPH
Project title: Validating a dietary screener adapted for Asian Americans

Vanessa Rodriguez, EdD
Project title: Examining educators’ social emotional learning, competency, and mental health to inform wellness promotion strategies development: Reducing mental health disparities in Asian American educators

Paroma Mitra, MD, and Supriya Misra, ScD
Project title: Identifying structural and cultural influences on the experiences of U.S. South Asian with severe mental illnesses to promote recovery and reintegration

Chen Wang, PhD
Project title: Identifying the role of microbiome in health disparity in obesity by a novel microbial causal mediation analytic tool

Rebecca Anthopolos, DrPH
Project title: Identifying and charactering latent risk groups of cardiometabolic risk factors associated with type 2 diabetes mellitus among Asian Americans

Awardees and Projects, 2019–20

Ben Spoer, PhD, MPH
Project title: Geographic differences in health and social determinants of health among Asian Americans and Asian American subgroups in the 500 largest cities in the United States

Samrachana Adhikari, PhD
Project title: Machine learning to inform family and population-centered approach to mental health programming: Reducing mental health disparities in Asian American children

Pasquale E. Rummo, PhD, MPH
Project title: Online grocery shopping behaviors and attitudes among Asian Americans

Sara K. Chokshi, DrPH
Project title: Engaging patients in the user-centered design of a Chinese language patient portal

Carol Duh-Leong, MD, MPP
Project title: Using a social-behavioral framework to investigate infant feeding health literacy and social capital in immigrant Chinese American caregivers

Fen Wu, PhD
Project title: Ethnic disparities in the presentation and survival of patients with cervical cancer: An analysis using the National Cancer Database

Awardees and Projects, 2018–19

Lucy M. Chang, MD
Project title: Promoting healthy eating and activity in low income Chinese-American children using a health literacy-informed approach

Justin M. Feldman, ScD, MPH
Project title: Hypertension and diabetes risk among Asian subgroups in New York City: The role of neighborhood income polarization

Sahnah Lim, PhD, MPH
Project title: Assessing early life risk factors, health status, and service needs among Korean and Chinese survivors of sex trafficking in New York City

Chenjuan Ma, PhD
Project title: Exploring the transition from hospital to home care among Chinese Americans: A mixed method study

Julie Nusbaum, MD
Project title: Incidence and influencing factors of end-state renal disease among Asian Americans recently diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus in Manhattan; the Manhattan Lupus Surveillance Project

Brandilyn Peters, PhD
Project title: Dietary acculturation and the gut microbiome in Korean American immigrants

Chenyue Zhao, PhD
Project title: Characterizing “satellite babies”: Impacts of prolonged parent-child separation on mental health and wellbeing of Chinese immigrant families

Tina R. Sadarangani, PhD, RN
Project title: Slowing dementia progression through assessment and advancement of malnutrition screening among community-dwelling Asian American older adults in the day health setting

Rebecca Robbins, PhD
Project title: Formative research to explore Alzheimer’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease-related dementias (AD/ADRD) knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs among older Asian Americans and stakeholders

Submission Instructions and Requirements

Our application period is now open for the 2022–23 cycle. Please view the 2022–23 Full Request for Proposal (RFP) Announcement for full details. Listed below are four key due dates for letters of intent and proposal applications for the 2022–23 cycle.

Postdoctoral Fellow Awards—Up to $10,000

Postdoctoral applicants must submit full proposal materials via REDCap by April 25, 2022, at 5:00PM ET.

Junior Faculty and Early Stage Investigator Awards—Up to $30,000

Selection of Junior Faculty and Early Stage Investigator Awards will occur in two stages:

  • In stage one, the applicant submits a 500-word letter of intent (LOI) and updated CV or biosketch via REDCap by February 28, 2022, at 5:00PM ET.
  • In stage two, if invited to submit a full proposal, the applicant will be notified by March 28, 2022. The applicant then submits a detailed three-page proposal that expands upon the LOI and other required full proposal materials via REDCap by April 25, 2022, at 5:00PM ET.
  • Assistance is available for methods, biostatistics, and analytic plan development.

Full Proposal Supporting Materials

In addition to thoroughly reviewing the RFP Announcement, applicants should download and use the following materials in support of a full proposal: additional financial support form, budget template, human subjects enrollment report template, and proposal assessment criteria.

Program Eligibility

Postdoctoral fellows, junior faculty, and other early-stage investigators as defined by the NIH at NYU Grossman School of Medicine are all eligible to apply for funding.

Contact Us

For more information, including questions about future cycle key dates, proposal review criteria, submission requirements, or the full list of funded pilot projects, please contact Stella Chong, program associate, at stella.chong@nyulangone.org or 646-501-3513.