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2015 Spring Training Institute

Message from the Director

The continuing spread of HIV among racial/ethnic minority (REM) communities has created a scientific, moral and ethical imperative for the development and testing of effective, culturally-congruent HIV intervention prevention models. In designing such models, there is a need to consider the target community’s unique ethno-cultural factors, as well as co-occurring social and mental health issues specific to the community. To build on the strengths of REM investigators in addressing these issues, the NIMH funded HISTP aims to promote a cadre of REM scientists as principal investigators on extramurally funded studies in the areas of HIV prevention science. We are pleased with the enthusiastic response of the multidisciplinary Columbia partners collaborating with us.

HISTP is innovative in its focus on studying the best approaches to mentoring REM investigators. As part of the training program, we are scientifically examining the key factors that underlie successful mentorship and training of REM investigators. Another unique aspect is the use of technology, including distance mentoring via a web-based interface, online statistical consultation, and an online prevention and intervention resource library. Over the course of the program, trainees will be exposed to both face-to-face and distance learning. During the Training Institutes, mentors and trainees will meet to address the best approaches and methodologies to use for mentoring REM scientists. We see the design of this prototype as a process whereby data will be gathered over time from mentors, trainees, and the scientific advisory board through multiple modalities, including quantitative surveys and documentation on the HISTPcommons.

On behalf of the Executive Board, I am delighted to welcome all of our trainees, along with their primary mentors. We look forward to working together on this important mission.