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Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) Against Obesity Workshop

The Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) Against Obesity Workshop, Bismarck, SD, August 2005, and Seminar, Washington, DC, November 2005, were co-sponsored by NIFA, United Tribes Technical College, Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, and the University of Connecticut. The events successfully connected and produced new partnerships among the Land-Grant Institutions (1994,1890, 1862/Alaska-Natives/Territories) to submit competitive grants for NIFA Human Nutrition and Obesity, Food Safety, Bioactive Food Components for Optimal Health, Community Food Systems, Improving Food Quality and Value, and the 1890 Capacity-Building Grants programs for the 2006 funding cycle. This project offered the first opportunity for some campuses to submit grants competitively. The project’s initial goal of soliciting 5 competitive grants from the MSIs was exceeded and now stands at 30. The Latino Health Disparities NIH EXPORT (Partnerships for Community Outreach & Research on Health Disparities and Training) Center at the University of Connecticut is embracing other MSIs through this project to collaborate and partner on addressing health disparities of minorities. The workshop’s co-project directors are collaborating on a conference grant to the NIFA National Integrated Food Safety Initiative to continue mutual sharing of research and information on health issues that impact minorities.


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