SMART Project Receives NIH Diversity Supplement Grant

ISGMH’s SMART Project recently received a diversity supplement grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The NIH provides administrative supplements to fund projects to recruit and support minority students, postdoctorates, and eligible investigators. The spirit of this supplement is to incorporate diversity into existing project by allowing for underrepresented populations to access and work on already funded projects.

This funding will be used to support Dr. Melissa Marzán-Rodríguez’s work on the SMART Project as a  postdoctoral research fellow for the Sex+ TEAM at the Center for Sociomedical Research and Evaluation at the School of Public Health (SPH) of the University of Puerto Rico-Medical Sciences Campus (UPR-MSC). Dr. Marzán-Rodríguez completed a DrPH degree with a major in Epidemiology at Ponce Health Sciences University. She also holds an MPH in Epidemiology from the UPR-SPH and a BA in Anthropology from the UPR-Río Piedras Campus. Dr. Marzán-Rodríguez has vast experience in the implementation of national and local HIV-related studies. As part of her postdoctoral training, she will work on the SMART Project to develop implementation science competencies in the implementation of HIV prevention eHealth interventions targeted to young men who have sex with men (MSM). She will be working under the mentorship of Dr. Carlos E. Rodríguez-Díaz at the UPR-SPH and ISGMH director Dr. Brian Mustanski.

ISGMH is proud to use this supplement to support our commitment to training the next generation of sexual and gender minority health research scholars, especially scholars from underrepresented minorities in science.