RWJF New Connections
Supporting a mentoring and training program for RWJF's New Connections grantees, alumni and network
CMMHR has been awarded a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant to provide mentoring and training for New Connections program grantees, alumni and the broader network. New Connections is a RWJF national program designed to expand the diversity of perspectives that inform RWJF program strategy and introduce new researchers and scholars to the Foundation that represent historically underrepresented research communities. The grant is part of the RWJ Human Capital program, with the goals of supporting diverse scholars to conduct pioneering healthcare research by developing skills, offering resources, and providing training to develop capacity and create effective leaders. At the end of the grant period, we will provide a set of lasting deliverables for the New Connections Program and the Foundation, including briefs on mentoring, training modules, and webinar presentations. We have developed a three tiered program to share with New Connections and the larger network.
Tier 1: Provide an individually mentored, didactic research, training, and support program for five to six current RWJF New Connections grantees and develop two related training briefs. The mentees selected will go through seven steps: 1) Review & Assesment; 2) Presentation of grantee research ideas with assigned mentor; 3) Develop outline and preliminary draft of research topic and feedback from mentors; 4) Draft of manuscript or proposal and review by mentors; 5) Revise manuscript or proposal; 6) Presentation critiques; 7) Dissemination
Tier 2: CMMHR investigators will determine two to three potential trainings addressing areas of weakness or common difficulty identified by the trainees. These training areas may be linked to research briefs which reflect learning in the mentorship process. Mentors will be responsible for identifying the short seminars based on the progress made by each fellow at least every six months.
Tier 3: CMMHR investigators will prepare a series of 2-3 webinar presentations for the broader New Connections network of grantees, alumni and other applicants and interested individuals, using WebEx or another similar technology. These will provide a broader overview of some of the areas of the one-on-one mentee work that might be most useful for developing researchers
The project is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Grant ID # 68194