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Training researchers from underrepresented backgrounds in health services research as it applies to aging Americans.
The Center for Improving Care Delivery for the Aging (CICADA) is one of a national network of 18 Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) funded by the National Institute of Aging (NIA). CICADA’s essential goal is to recruit, mentor, and develop individuals from underrepresented backgrounds into accomplished, independent research scientists. We focus on the discipline of health services research, concentrating on the organization, financing, and delivery of health care for older adults. This process begins by funding pilot research projects undertaken by RCMAR Scientists. This is accompanied by extensive mentoring, research training, career support, and skills development opportunities. Since its founding 21 years ago, more than 400 research scholars have come through the RCMAR program, most going on to academic research careers.
“I am deeply grateful to be an alum of the CICADA program and credit it with a lot of my development as an aging researcher and assistant professor. Our mentors are top-notch and continue to be devoted to our success as researchers in both formal and informal ways. In addition to learning through formal workshops how to navigate academia, effectively present research, and secure research funding, we received feedback on research and coaching for interviews. I also found valuable the monthly meetings where fellow CICADA scientists shared research; because of our diverse research interests, I gained insight into other aspects of aging research.”
Salama Freed, PhD, MS, Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management, George Washington University
“This experience not only provided the necessary research funding, mentoring, and training support, as a Penn CICADA Scientist, my peer network expanded significantly to include collaborations with health services researchers and multidisciplinary colleagues in aging that continue beyond the scholarship period. These meaningful connections and resources have been the key to achieving academic career goals, transitioning from assistant professor to tenured associate professor in the School of Nursing, and most importantly, to strengthening my current work to include sustainable and equitable approaches to HSR community-based research that impacts the lives of Latino elders and their families.”
Adriana Perez, PhD, CRNP, Associate Professor, Penn Nursing
“When I was applying for the CICADA program, I hoped to receive mentorship from knowledgeable senior scientists and funding to support my proposed research. I did receive that mentorship and funding, which served to further my career and grow as an independent investigator. What I didn’t expect was getting to become part of a compassionate, dynamic community of peers. My fellow CICADA alumni are my collaborators, co-authors, and co-investigators; they are my friends, role models, and support system. Being a part of CICADA was life changing!”
Eleanor Rivera, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, Nursing, University of Illinois Chicago
“CICADA has been committed to my professional success from the first day that I began my tenure as a CICADA Scientist in 2018 till today, years beyond completing my tenure as a CICADA scientist. Over the years, I have received in-depth mentorship and sponsorship such as faculty search guidance, career development award application support, facilitation of networks and collaborations, and provision of important resources that I would have not had access to outside of CICADA, that have all been instrumental to the work that I do today.”
Jasmine Travers, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, Nursing, New York University
CICADA selects three new RCMAR Scientists each year through a competitive call for 1-year pilot grants. The 2021 application season begins on October 1, 2021. Applications are due December 10, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Successful applicants will be notified of funding by February 1, 2022, with funding to begin July 1, 2022.
Who is Eligible to Apply to Become a CICADA Scientist?
Applicants must be post-doctoral researchers and junior faculty who are underrepresented in research. This includes (1) MD and MD/PhD clinical fellows who have completed their residency; (2) PhD postdoctoral trainees; and (3) MD/PhD, MD, and PhD junior faculty [instructors or assistant professor for less than three years at time of application] who are underrepresented, based on the NIH’s Diversity Statement.
Applicants must be committed to developing new research skills in health services research focused on aging. Applicants can be affiliated with any U.S. university and is not limited to those with Penn affiliations.
What is the focus of CICADA pilot project?
What Resources are available to CICADA Scientists?
Who can I contact for more information?
Please contact CICADA@pennmedicine.upenn.edu.
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