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Hopkins Nursing Cardiovascular Health Center Hosts Kickoff Conference

Posted: 3/15/2010

Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON) officially launches the new Center for Excellence for Cardiovascular Health in Vulnerable Populations with a multidisciplinary kickoff conference Thursday, March 18, 1-4 pm.

Featured speakers include Lawrence Green, DrPH from the University of California, San Francisco, and  Sean Tunis, MD, MSc, Director of the Center for Medical Technology Policy in San Francisco, in addition to a JHU Cardiovascular Health Research Panel with the centers directors -- Drs. Miyong Kim, Jerilyn Allen, Hae-Ra Han, Deborah Gross, and Cheryl Dennison. JHUSON Dean Martha Hill will give the opening remarks.

The research center, directed by Miyong Kim, PhD, RN, FAAN and funded through a four-year,  $1.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will work to significantly reduce cardiovascular health disparities through community engagement, scientific investigation, education, and policy initiatives.

"Through the collaboration of both academic as well as community entities, we aim to provide a dynamic research infrastructure that addresses the health needs of not only our important local communities, but the research demands of cardiovascular health scholars," Kim says.

The Center will also support the education, training, and mentoring of new investigators; provide administrative and mentoring services and support to all Center investigators; and disseminate findings, data, and resources.  Its objective is to provide state-of-the-art technology-assisted interventions, integrated training and career development activities, broad dissemination and implementation of research findings, and targeted health policy initiatives.