Subica Named NIMHD Health Disparities Research Institute Scholar

Center for Healthy Communities researcher will participate in August event in Maryland

Andrew Subica. UCR File

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – Andrew Subica, an assistant professor in the Center for Healthy Communities in the School of Medicine, has been accepted as a 2016 National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) Health Disparities Research Institute Scholar.

“This is a highly competitive training program and a great honor for Andy, the UCR School of Medicine,  and the Center for Healthy Communities,” said Greer Sullivan, the director of the Center for Healthy Communities.

Subica will now participate in the Health Disparities Research Institute scheduled to take place August 15-19, 2016 in Bethesda, Md.  He was selected from among a high number of applicants based on his accomplishments to date and promise as a health disparities research scholar. The Health Disparities Research Institute provides participants with a broad overview of the leading issues in the field and will connect Subica with leading scientists and NIH staff to advance his proposed research with Pacific Islanders.

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to participate in this tremendous program,” Subica said. “This experience will greatly benefit my research on mental health and substance use disparities among Pacific Islanders, an understudied racial group experiencing profound social, economic, and health disparities.”

At UCR, Subica researches mental and physical health disparities in vulnerable communities, partnering with community organizations to target their root causes such as poverty, poor access to care, and problems in the social and built environment.

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