Idethia Harvey
March 4, 2019

In late February 2019, the Maryland Center for Health Equity's new Disparity Populations and Community Health Equity Leadership Program (HELP) welcomed its inaugural fellow, Associate Professor Idethia Shevon Harvey, DrPH, FGSA, from Texas A&M University. This fellowship program aims to expand the pool of qualified minority candidates to lead academic public health research centers across the nation.

During her time as a HELP fellow, Dr. Harvey will engage in networking and mentoring opportunities to build skills in the fundamental competencies for directors of university based
research centers. She will also gain a mastery of best practices for developing and sustaining robust disparities and health equity research at a center level.

The HELP program builds on M-CHE’s extensive work in developing minority scholars and leaders--an effort that is critical to addressing health disparities and achieving health equity. Currently, minority leaders are drastically underrepresented in leadership roles at academic public health research centers. Although they bring value by way of their life experiences and commitment to the area of health disparities research, many face challenges in advancing their careers. To help, the intensive one-year program will equip minority researchers at the associate or full professor level with the knowledge, experience and mentorship they need to assume these executive leadership roles.

Dr. Harvey, who is in the Department of Health and Kinesiology at Texas A&M, also directs their Transdisciplinary Center for Health Equity Research. Her research focuses on ethnic minority populations using participatory models of qualitative research, chronic disease
management, and health disparities among rural and aging African Americans. Read more about Dr. Harvey.