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NIH funds MESA Center research

December 2002

The School of Nursing launched a new center focused on closing the health disparities gap and increasing the number of minority nurse scientists. The National Institute of Nursing Research, a part of the National Institutes of Health, is funding the project with a five-year, $1,162,696 grant. The center is a collaborative venture with the University of Michigan and is called MESA (Michigan En San Antonio): Center for Health Disparities.

"The name ‘MESA’ is a Spanish word meaning ‘table’ in English," said Carrie Jo Braden, Ph.D., R.N., associate dean for research in the School of Nursing and director of MESA. "This is a metaphor for ‘bringing ideas to the table’ for a meaningful exchange and sharing between nursing faculty and students in Michigan and Texas. Research collaboration and mentoring will be the foundation of the center."

The center’s research will include childhood obesity along the Texas/Mexico border, coronary heart disease in women and risky sexual behavior in minority adolescents.

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