Research on the Structural Racism, Social Injustice and Health Disparities in Maternal and Child Health Pilot Awards

"My team and I are fortunate to be among the first round of recipients of MCHRI’s new health disparities grants program. This funding has facilitated the development of a new partnership with the Food Equality Initiative—a community-based organization that has been working to improve health and end hunger in individuals diagnosed with food allergies by providing food as medicine. Thanks to MCHRI, our center can provide vital food assistance to dozens of local families, while systematically working with our partners to build an evidence base around novel interventions targeting social determinants of health."

R. Sharon Chinthrajah, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care Medicine); Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Immunology and Allergy)

FY 2021 Awards

Ananta Addala, DO, MPH
Instructor, Pediatrics (Endocrinology & Diabetes)
Study Title: Reducing Disparities in Pediatric Diabetes: Building the Evidence Base to Inform Effective Diabetes Technology Interventions in Underrepresented Minorities

Kanwaljeet S. Anand, MBBS, D.Phil.
Professor, Anesthesiology, Perioperative & Pain Medicine and Pediatrics (Critical Care)
Study Title: A Biopsychosocial Program to Ameliorate the Effects of Perceived Stress and Discrimination on Health Outcomes in Socially Disadvantaged Children

Natali Aziz, MD, MS
Clinical Associate Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology (Maternal-Fetal Medicine)
Study Title: COVID-19 Household Transmission and Social Determinants of Health in Pregnancy

Erica Pasciullo Cahill, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology (Gynecology & Family Planning)
Study Title: Patient Evaluation of an Anti-Racism Perinatal Tool

R. Sharon Chinthrajah, MD
Clinical Associate Professor, Medicine (Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care Medicine) and Pediatrics (Allergy & Clinical Immunology)
Study Title: Improving Racial Diversity in our Food Allergy Programs

Michael C. Frank, PhD
Associate Professor, Psychology
Study Title: Measuring Children's Early Vocabulary Using Large Scale Data from Diverse Families

Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD
Professor, Pediatrics (Adolescent Medicine)
Study Title: Youth Perceptions of the Racialization of Cannabis: Implications for Prevention and Policies

Stephanie Leonard, MS, PhD
Instructor, Obstetrics & Gynecology (Maternal Fetal Medicine)
Study Title: Identifying Opportunities to Improve Health Inequities for Pregnant People using National Claims Data

Priya Prahalad, MD, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics (Endocrinology & Diabetes)
Study Title: Telehealth Delivery to Change the Paradigm of Care Delivery in Children with Type 1 Diabetes

Sejal Shah, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics (Endocrinology & Diabetes)
Study Title: Use of Continuous Glucose Monitors in Publicly-Insured Youth with Type 2 Diabetes - A Pilot and Feasibility Study

"Learning language is a critical part of child development, and early language learning sets the stage for future academic achievement. But the tools we use for measuring early language haven't been validated with diverse families in the US, which can lead to problematic mis- or over-identification of children from diverse racial and ethnic groups as having speech and language issues. With support from MCHRI, the aim of our project is to begin this validation process so as to make the tools for measuring early language more equitable." 

Michael C. Frank, PhD
Associate Professor, Psychology