The Office of the Commissioner (OC)
Michelle Yeboah, DrPH
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
FDA experience ~ 4 years
Health Disparities, Clinical Trials, Bioethics, Epigenomics, Pharmacogenomics, Personalized Medicine, Cultural and Linguistic Competency, Social and Behavioral Research
The Office of Minority Health advances FDA’s regulatory mission in addressing the reduction of racial and ethnic health disparities and in achieving the highest standard of health for all. The Office provides leadership and direction in identifying agency actions that can help reduce health disparities, including the coordination of efforts across the Agency. The Office of Minority Health fulfills its mission by achieving the following goals:
• To strengthen FDA capacity to address minority health and health disparities across the Agency through coordinated leadership on regulatory actions and decision making.
Proposed Research Project for FDA Fellow:
Proposed Project Title: Health Disparities & Regulatory Science
Across racial and ethnic groups, some communities are more likely to die disproportionately from serious health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, certain types of cancer and asthma. These differences in health are called health disparities. The goal for this project is to help define health disparities in regulatory science research to help inform FDA's policy and decision making process.
The US Food and Drug Administration, Office of Minority Health (OMH) is seeking a candidate to lead exploratory research aimed at addressing health disparities among racial and ethnic populations. This fellowship opportunity is in alignment with the FDA's Strategic plan and is aimed towards expanding efforts to meet the needs of specific populations and the Department of Health and Human Services’ Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. This innovative project will include a systematic review of current literature, possible data mining on the safety and efficacy of regulated products and collaborative involvement with various Centers on the identifying gaps in research related to subpopulations. Through defining disparities research gaps, the fellow will be encouraged to submit recommendations for areas of further research critical to supporting and informing the Agency’s regulatory authority.
The selected applicants should have a health disparities background, as well as data analysis and quantitative/qualitative research experience. Selected applicants will work with an interdisciplinary team of scientists and health policy makers who will help guide project efforts toward addressing critical gaps in health and will also explore how the current legislation is relevant to racial and ethnic priority populations
The selected fellow will:
Expertise in Epidemiology/Statistics, Bioethics, Health Disparities preferred. Request one fellow.