Mission and Goals
The Hispanic Workgroup at the NIDA is one of four advisory groups established by the Director of NIDA with the mission of advancing the drug abuse science among Hispanic populations as well as the representation of Hispanic scientists in drug abuse research. The largest initiative of this workgroup is the National Hispanic Science Network (http://nhsn.med.miami.edu/). The NHSN is dedicated to improving health equity of Hispanics by Increasing the amount, quality, and dissemination of interdisciplinary translational research; and fostering the development and advancement of Hispanic scientists to promote future leaders.
Major Highlights and Accomplishments
The NHSN was created in 2001 and has grown from 50 members in 2001 to more than 400 members in 2012. During these years, the NHSN has had multiple major accomplishments towards achieving its mission. Each year, the annual conference has increased in excellence, introducing cutting edge topics, while building necessary networking and mentoring opportunities for our members. International research collaborations have also developed, and the NHSN continues to work closely with the NIDA International Program to introduce international members to the Network.
The NHSN also continues to introduce exciting and beneficial initiatives for early career members. Given the unique challenges of researchers who are in the beginning stages of their career, the NHSN provide early career scientists valuable resources to help them meet the challenge of becoming independent and successful researchers. The NHSN offers multiple networking and mentoring opportunities for early career members to develop a successful career in science. They included but are not limited to:
- NHSN Early Career Leadership Committee (ECLC)
The ECLC provides valuable resources that not only help early career members with career development but also provide opportunities to meet the challenge of becoming independent and successful researchers. In addition, to many other outreach initiatives, the ECLC offers awards to fund pilot projects, and a mentoring conference call program which gives early career members an opportunity to receive mentoring and feedback from senior members of the NHSN
- Interdisciplinary Research Training Institute (IRTI)
Established in 2001, the IRTI has flourished to promote the career development of pre-doctoral, postdoctoral and early career clinically-focused scientists interested in conducting research. The focus of this interdisciplinary training program is to offer a continuous support infrastructure for participants to conduct, present, publish and acquire funding. A core activity of the IRTI is the Summer Program, with the overarching theme of translating research into practice.
- NIH Summer Internship Program
This collaboration between NHSN and National Institutes of Health (NIH) provides scholar awards for NHSN student members to participate in the NIH Summer Internship Program. This initiative provides an opportunity to work side-by-side with leading scientists, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. Awardees also have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of summer activities at NIH including workshops, and lectures.
- Early Stage Career Mentoring for NIDA Research
Launched in 2011, this mentoring program aims to expand and enhance research training opportunities for early stage faculty investigators. This program complements the IRTI and provides mentoring for early career scientists already employed as faculty or research staff members of institutions that will sponsor their grant applications. Opportunities exist to develop grant applications and career development proposals, as well as support for pilot research and travel to scientific meetings.
- Center for Prevention Implementation Methodology (Ce-PIM) for Drug Abuse and Sexual Risk Behavior
The Ce-PIM provides ongoing mentorship to new investigators who have strong interests in prevention implementation. Ce-PIM will design preconference workshops which will allow new investigators to build additional skills in these areas, collaborate with researchers, communities and service providers around the country, and will also provide competitive funding of research pilot projects.
- The 2012 NHSN conference will be held from September 26-29, at The Westin, San Diego, California.
Resources and Links
- El Faro (La Voz de la Red) Newsletter
- Professional Development Opportunities
- Mentoring Talk
- NHSN Publications
- National Hispanic Medical Association
- MedlinePlus Hispanic –American Health
- CDC Office of Minority Health Hispanic or Latino Populations
- U.S. DHHS Office on Women’s Health - Latinas
- Ana Anders, L.I.C.S.W.
Senior Advisor on Special Populations, Office of Special Populations,
National Institute on Drug Abuse
- Iván Montoya, M.D., M.P.H.
Deputy Director, Division of Pharmacotherapies and Medical Consequesnces of Drug Abuse
National Institute on Drug Abuse
- Joseph Frascella, Ph.D.
Director, Division of Clinical Neurosciences & Behavioural Research
National Institute on Drug Abuse
NHSN Steering Committee
- Patricia E. Molina, M.D., Ph.D.
Richard Ashman Professor and Chair
Director, Alcohol & Drug Abuse Center of
Department of Physiology
Health Sciences Center, New Orleans
Louisiana State University
1901 Perdido Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 568-6187 – phone
(504) 568-6158 – fax
- William Vega, Ph.D.
NHSN Vice Chair
Provost Professor & Executive Director
Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging
University of Southern California
School of Social Work
Montgomery Ross Fisher Building- MRF 102 R
669 West 34th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0411
(213) 740-4804 – phone
(213) 740-7735 – fax
- Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Clinical Internal Medicine
Director, Center for Reducing Health Disparities (CRHD)
University of California, Davis
2921 Stockton Boulevard, Suite 1400
Sacramento, CA 95817
(916) 703-9114 – phone
(916) 703-9124 – fax
- Margarita Alegría, Ph.D.
Professor, Harvard Medical School
Director, Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research
Cambridge Health Alliance and Harvard Medical School
120 Beacon Street, 4th Floor
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 503-8447 – phone
(617) 503-8430 – fax
- Hortensia Amaro, Ph.D.
Associate Dean & Distinguished Professor
Bouvé College of Health Sciences
Director, Institute on Urban Health Research
360 Huntington Avenue
Stearns Hall, #503
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 373-7601 – phone
(617) 373-7309 – fax
- James Anthony, Ph.D.
Department of Epidemiology
Michigan State University
B601 West Fee Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 353-8623 - phone
- C. Hendricks Brown, Ph.D.
Department of Epidemiology & Public Health
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Clinical Research Building
1120 N.W. 14th Street, Room 1064
Miami, FL 33136
(305) 243-4592 – phone
- Ana Mari Cauce, Ph.D.
Provost and Executive Vice President, Office of the Provost
Earl R. Carlson Professor of Psychology
University of Washington
301 Gerberding Hall
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 543-6618 – phone
- Diana Martínez, M.D.
Department of Psychiatry
New York State Psychiatric Institute, #31
1051 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10032
(212) 543-6628 – phone
- María Elena Icaza Medina-Mora, Ph.D.
Instituto Nacional de Psiquiatría