Health Equity Fellowship Program Welcomes Visiting Scholar Dr. Angela Byars-Winston
Earlier this month, the Maryland Center for Health Equity's Disparity Populations and Community Health Equity Leadership Program (HELP) welcomed its newest fellow, Dr. Angela Byars-Winston from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The HELP fellowship program aims to expand the pool of well-prepared, competent candidates from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups to lead academic public health research centers across the nation.
During her time as a HELP fellow, Dr. Byars-Winston will conduct targeted networking activities with local leaders engaged in scientific workforce development. These opportunities are aimed at expanding knowledge and exchanging best practices for the talent development of diverse scholars in health equity research in particular, and STEM fields in general. She will also engage in mentoring activities to build skills in leveraging center and campus-level buy-in for institutional transformation efforts towards culturally inclusive research training environments as she prepares to lead a nationwide NIH-funded study on this topic.
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 equips minority researchers at the associate or full professor level with the knowledge, experience and mentorship they need to assume these executive leadership roles.
Dr. Byars-Winston, a professor in the Department of Medicine, is also the associate director of the Collaborative Center for Health Equity, faculty director of the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research and the director of research and evaluation for the Center for Women’s Health Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research examines cultural influences on career development and research mentoring relationships, especially for racial and ethnic minorities and women in the sciences, engineering and medicine.