September 18, 2023

In partnership with the National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and Sexual & Gender Minority Research Office, ORWH is pleased to announce the five recipients of the new Galvanizing Health Equity Through Novel and Diverse Educational Resources (GENDER) Research Education Program (R25). Recipients include Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, University of California San Francisco, University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and University of Alabama at Birmingham.

GENDER R25 will support educational activities that complement and enhance the training of today’s workforce to meet the diverse biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research needs across the nation. Each awardee’s program will play an integral part in furthering sex- and gender-specific training in science, medicine, and allied health professions by supporting the development of sex- and gender-focused courses.

Learn more about each program:

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health will develop an Applied Curriculum in Gender and Equity Skills (ACES) to increase skills and competencies in gender and health equity among current and future health professionals. ACES will develop, pilot, and implement a series of fast-paced and short online courses that provide training in gender and health equity. Course participants will include health and development professionals, and the curriculum will focus on applied methods, including using data to promote gender equity and health, gender transformative interventions, gender budgeting, gender situational analyses, gender responsive monitoring and evaluation, and advocacy and communication for gender and health equity.

University of California San Francisco

The University of California San Francisco will develop a core curriculum aimed at training the first generation of neurologists who put sex and gender considerations at the forefront of neurological care and research. The Sex-and Gender-Enriched Neurology Program curriculum will provide training for residents, as well as medical students and clinical fellows, on how to design and interpret studies informed by sex and gender. To promote further exploration, interested learners and paired faculty members will plan mentored inquiry workshops and participate in outpatient clinical selectives. A roadmap will be developed to support dissemination of the curriculum to other institutions and societies.

University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville (SOMG)

The Sex and Gender Curricular Assessment and Revision Project will create and validate an introductory sex and gender faculty development curriculum that provides faculty with the knowledge and tools needed to assess and revise their educational materials to better emphasize the sex and gender aspects of health and disease. This project will also develop a cadre of leaders in sex and gender health by enabling students to publish their work and by widely disseminating faculty development materials that promote adoption of sex and gender content across U.S. medical schools. SOMG anticipates that broad adoption will improve population health by facilitating the provision of sex- and gender-specific clinical care to women.

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

There is an urgent need to train obstetrics and gynecology (Ob/Gyn) health professionals on the structural and social determinants of health and the role of health care bias in perpetuating and exacerbating sexual, reproductive, and maternal health disparities. The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai hopes to address this hurdle directly by developing a new curriculum that aims to bridge research and practice in obstetric, gynecologic, and reproductive health. This project will design, implement, and evaluate a curriculum for medical school students about the intersection of race, ethnicity, sex, and gender in Ob/Gyn health care equity. Specifically, it will implement didactic modules and create a reflective learning community app to provide a space for active learning and peer exchange.

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Despite the dramatic health inequities faced by sexual and gender minority (SGM) individuals, training opportunities are scarce, especially in the Deep South. This new project will develop and implement a one-year training program, known as Education on Gender and Sex (GenderS), for graduate students pursuing careers in health research to synthesize SGM health content, develop concrete advocacy skills, and facilitate transparent dialogues regarding the systems and structures that limit SGM experience in the Deep South. Led by a unique community-academic partnership, refined by rigorous evaluation, and strategically disseminated to achieve national reach, the GenderS program will demonstrate how leaders from diverse backgrounds can work together to improve SGM health.

Visit the E-Learning and Web-Based Resources section of the ORWH Resource Library to access helpful tools and information resulting from this funded opportunity.