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Education, Training and Mentorship

Center for Asian Health provides training and mentorship opportunities for junior researchers, health professionals and community partners who are interested in health disparity issues among underserved and ethnic minority populations and communities.

Training and Mentorship for Underrepresented Early Stage Investigators and Junior Researchers

We provide health disparities research training and mentorship for early stage investigators and junior researchers in a broad range of health disparity issues. To date, Center for Asian Health have trained and mentored over 260 junior researchers. This training program has a dual track:

  • Early Stage Investigator Training Track
  • Junior Researcher Training Track

Health Disparities Research Innovation (HDRI) Program

The Health Disparities Research Innovation (HDRI) program provides research training opportunities for undergraduate, graduate/medical students, and health professionals from diverse disadvantaged background to gain relevant knowledge and research skills in addressing a broad range of health disparities issues experienced by racial/ethnic underserved minority populations.  Through mentored-research training and hands-on experiences, HDRI trainees develop comprehensive understanding and competencies in community-based, multidisciplinary, and ethnically appropriate research approaches to reducing health disparities. Specifically, the HDRI trainees will have the opportunities to develop skills on various components of health disparities research, including IRB compliance, literature reviews, development of innovative health disparity research projects, community outreach/engagement, data analysis, conference presentation, and manuscript development. HDRI trainees will also have opportunities to network with researchers in multiple disciplines, community stakeholders, and funding agencies, and learn about/access to various opportunities in career advancement in the health disparity research field.  

HDRI Trainee Highlights 

Quotes from HDRI trainees:

“Participation in the HDRI program has strengthened my desire of pursuing a doctoral degree. I was able to be involved in a variety of health disparities research studies, which offered me great insight on applied research.”

“The HDRI Program has given me first-hand experience of population health research and helped me better understand the health needs of medically underserved communities.”


HDRI Trainees engage in community-based participatory research in cancer and chronic disease health disparities among underserved and underprivileged communities.

Trainee Spotlights

Youth Leadership Training Program

The Youth Leadership Training Program at CAH fosters mutual understanding, academic skills, and community engagement among high school scholars, learning and Interacting with peer mentors of undergraduate and graduate students in addressing issues related to health disparities. Through the program, students participate in workshops, community service activities, team building exercises, meetings with community leaders, and leadership development. Upon completion of the program, the students apply what they have learned to their academic learning, research, community engagement, and public service projects that serve needs in their communities.

Training and Capacity Building

  • Clinical Trial Education for Health Care Providers Serving Underserved Populations (CME)
  • Training Community Health Workers (CHWs)
  • Patient Navigator Training (PNT)
  • Training and Capacity Building for Community Partners (TCBCP)
  • Grants for Innovative Projects (GIP)