Dr. Meghan Borysova named 2013 Health Equity Leadership Institute Scholar

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The University of Wisconsin-Madison Collaborative Center for Health Equity in partnership with the Maryland Center for Health Equity in the School of Public Health selects Meghan E. Borysova, PhD, as a Scholar for their 4th annual Health Equity Leadership Institute (HELI). The event is held in June.

Dr. Borysova is one of a cohort of scholars, half of whom were selected from Wisconsin and the other half selected from across the nation.  HELI is “an intensive week-long ‘research boot camp’ focused on increasing the number of investigators, particularly minority investigators, engaged in health disparities/health equity research that are successful in tenure track academic appointments in schools of public health, medicine and other health and behavioral health science disciplines, assisting them in achieving research funding through the NIH.”

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At the completion of the program, Dr. Borysova joins the well-respected ranks of 76 previous HELI graduates.

The Health Equity Leadership Institute is made possible through National Institute for Health Centers of Excellence grant awards from the National Institute on Minority Health and Heath Disparities to the University of Maryland and University of Wisconsin.

Dr. Borysova holds a bachelor of science degree in molecular and cellular biology from the University of Arizona in Tucson and a doctorate in cancer biology from the University of South Florida.

A post-doctoral fellow with the USF College of Public Health, Dr. Borysova works with researchers in the Department of Health Policy and Management. Under the mentorship of Arthur Williams, PhD, professor, and Dawood Sultan, PhD, assistant professor, she is examining the cross-racial and ethnic health of inmates, which has ethical and fiscal implications on the incarcerated communities and the communities into which they return.

“Through understanding the cross-racial and ethnic health of incarcerated communities we will better understand the etiologies of disparities in the general population; and, improve the health of inmates and the communities into which they return,” said Borysova.


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