Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research

Mentoring for global health disparities research

Miami students 2015

University of Miami student Ja’Shondra Pouncy is joining The MacKillop in June as part of a mentorship program which helps prepare minority undergraduate students in nursing, public health, and health sciences for a research career in health disparities. ACU is one of six institutions in five countries collaborating with the University of Miami’s School of Nursing and Health Studies to help equip students with the skills to conduct culturally competent, ethically responsible global health disparities research and provide students with mentorship and support to help them succeed as researchers.

Professor Simon Stewart, Institute Director and Ms Pouncy’s mentor at The MacKillop stated “This is a very important program for all those involved as we tackle health inequalities both from the perspective of supporting health professionals to achieve their potential and make a tangible difference to people and communities affected by health disparities. We have much to learn from the students who visit us and we are very proud to be involved in this international collaboration.” Ms Pouncy will be working on the upcoming Women and Heart Disease Summit to be held at Parliament House in Canberra.

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