Western Oregon University Assistant Professor Receives $100,000 Grant from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


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Western Oregon University Assistant Professor Receives $100,000 Grant from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

September 28, 2015

Doris I. Cancel-Tirado



Grant will support Doris I. Cancel-Tirado, PhD, MPH, MA in studying factors that may influence the mental and physical well-being of rural Latino children.







The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the nation’s leading philanthropy on health and health care, has awarded Western Oregon University Doris I. Cancel-Tirado, PhD, MPH, MA Assistant Professor a 24-month grant through the New Connections program. Cancel-Tirado is among a select group of Junior Investigators to receive a New Connections grant.


The grant will allow her to explore the associations among individual (e.g. race/ethnicity, language), family (e.g. family support, economic well-being) and community factors (health care access, educational systems) and the mental and physical well-being of rural Latino children. It will also allow her to explore Latina mothers’ perceived barriers and opportunities to providing their children the best foundation for healthy development and productive lives.


The results of this project will inform initiatives to support low-income Latino children that could potentially decrease health disparities, an important building block in the foundation for creating a Culture of Health in rural communities across the United States.


New Connections


New Connections is a national program designed to introduce new scholars to RWJF and expand the diversity of perspectives that inform the Foundation’s programming.  New Connections seeks early-to mid-career scholars who are historically underrepresented ethnic or racial minorities, first-generation college graduates, or individuals from low-income communities.


“We are so excited to welcome Cancel-Tirado into the ninth cohort of New Connections grantees. The program connects first-time grantees to the Foundation, and the new perspectives they bring are essential to solving the critical, complex issues affecting our nation’s health,” says Catherine Malone, DBA, MBA, and Program Officer at RWJF. “This cohort joins the larger New Connections network of more than 850 scholars—a network that provides opportunities for scholarly support and collaboration for academics from underrepresented groups,” says Malone.


I am extremely honored to receive this prestigious grant from one of the organizations that I admire the most," says Cancel-Tirado. "This award will allow me to have the time and resources needed to conduct high quality multilevel research to better understand health disparities among low-income rural Latino children. This will also make a tremendous impact on my career by expanding my professional connections to other researchers across the country with similar research interests.”


More information about New Connections is available at http://www.rwjf-newconnections.org



About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


For more than 40 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve health and health care. We are striving to build a national Culture of Health that will enable all to live longer, healthier lives now and for generations to come.


For more information, go to www.rwjf.org



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