Key Findings from RWJF's Network for Multicultural Research on Health and Health Care

    • May 1, 2011

The Network for Multicultural Research on Health and Health Care, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), is a UCLA-based mentorship program that supports career development of junior investigators, while providing them the means to build new skills and leadership roles in the field of research into health care policy. In addition, this Network was able to optimize RWJF-funded data sources as central to its research production. Many of the articles published used the 2007 PEW/RWJF Latino Survey, a household survey of more than 4,000 respondents. (To access the full report see "Related.")

Through this UCLA program, junior-senior mentorship dyads have worked on research projects regarding quality-of-care issues specific to both Latino and American Indian populations, including health care reform, comparative effectiveness, emerging priorities in health policy, aging and care of patients with co-morbidities, as well as health care of women and children.

Since its inception, the Network has trained 15 new investigators and helped support the publishing of their research findings in well-regarded peer-reviewed, health-related journals, including a special journal supplement.

The articles presented here are the result of RWJF's commitment to the work of the Network’s mentorship program. As new research becomes available, it will be posted to this section to support the continued work of the Network's senior investigators in developing a new generation of skillful, trained junior investigators in health policy research.

Key findings have been categorized into four areas:

  1. Disease-specific prevalence, management and treatment disparities
  2. Environmental and other factors affecting health and health care
  3. Mental health
  4. Quality of care