Graves participating in maternal health equity mentoring program

Real-world experience that prepares students to lead with data.

Meharry SACS M.S. Biomedical Data Science student Sade Graves is participating in the Maternal Health Equity Coordinating Center Summer mentoring program funded by HRSA Maternal and Child Health Bureau.

The research development program will be held over eight weeks during the summer of 2024. The Morgan State University Maternal Health Equity Coordinating Center (MSU MHECC) is the lead of the program.

HRSA Maternal and Child Health Bureau funds 16 research centers, including Meharry SACS, and one coordinating center from minority serving institutions. Each center will have a student participating in the program.

Aize Cao, Ph.D.

Aize Cao, Ph.D., associate professor of  biomedical data science and the principal investigator on the SACS HRSA grant, nominated Graves for this opportunity.

“Sade has some experience in community service related with maternal health. She is entirely new to data science, and I believe this opportunity will expand her knowledge of data science in real world applications such as maternal health and enhance her ability to serve her community.”

“I am very grateful for the opportunity. I’m excited about the mentorship, educational advancement, and research exploration of Maternal Health Equity in the US,” says Graves.

Graves has spent one week training on the Morgan State University campus and will complete the remainder of the program online. Dr. Yvonne Bronner, professor, school of community health and policy at Morgan State, is leading the development of the program.

“Participation in this mentorship program will strengthen my data science programming and investigating skills by enhancing my critical thinking, problem-solving, communication and teamwork capabilities in the field of maternal health,” says Graves.

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