The CEC Administrative Core provides a centralized administrative structure to enhance the efficiency of the CEC and NIH Diversity Program Consortium activities through the provision of cross-program logistics, linkages, and learning communities.
Facilitate and ensure collaboration among the NIH Diversity Program Consortium and NIH so all Consortium goals are fulfilled (Logistics);
Provide service and tools to enable effective communications across the NIH Diversity Program Consortium, Executive Steering Committee, NIH and key stakeholders (Linkages); and
Provide real-time reports for continuous quality improvement processes and evaluation of the NIH Diversity Program Consortium operations and the CEC operations (Learning Communities).
Dr. Davidson's expertise is in evaluation research design and methods, strategic planning, as well as leadership, team, and organizational development in health research organizations. Her professional effort is shared as a co-leader on the CEC and the UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). These initiatives are complementary. The CTSA Program is developing an integrated network connecting 60+ CTSA hubs for conducting translational research nationally that has the potential not only for accelerating science and improving population health but also for becoming a major economic engine for the country. The CEC is concerned with promoting diversity in biomedical research to ensure under-represented groups have opportunities to lead and to become substantially more represented in the future biomedical workforce.
Dr. Dennis is the managing director of the Computing Technologies Research Lab (CTRL) at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, where he also received his PhD. His research interests and current projects focus on clinical and research data collection, Internet-based decision support authoring tools, interactive educational technology, database design and development to support online research systems and community web applications.
Dr. Keith C. Norris is an internationally recognized clinician scientist and health policy leader who has been instrumental in shaping national health policy and clinical practice guidelines in the area of kidney disease. He is a leading health disparities researcher and a powerful advocate for increasing minority biomedical researchers (working from K-12 to junior faculty) and enhancing the research infrastructure of minority institutions. He was the founding PI for the Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) Translational Research Network (RTRN), the only National NIH network dedicated to reducing health disparities. He also served for 7 years as the president of the RCMI Program Directors Association.
Dawn Purnell is an extremely dedicated and passionate advocate for students and has spent the past 13 years working to improve student achievement, collegiate access and personal efficacy. Dawn has played a strong advocacy role in collegiate access and retention issues. Dawn has served as a member of the Alliance for Equal Opportunity in Education (AEOE), which increased African American admissions at UCLA and other campuses UC System-wide by 40% since its establishment in 2006.
The Diversity Program Consortium Coordination and Evaluation Center at UCLA is supported by Office of the Director of the National Institutes of Health / National Institutes of General Medical Sciences under award number U54GM119024.