2019 Outstanding Community Researcher Award

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Pathways to Cures:
Translational Science Research Day
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
The Cove at UCI Applied Innovation

Announcing Our
2019 Outstanding Community Researcher Award Recipients
Madison ParkMadison Park
Madison Park Neighborhood Association & Adey Nyamathi, PhD

The Institute for Clinical and Translational Science is pleased to announce the 2019 Outstanding Community Researcher Awardees. These two awards acknowledge exemplary commitment to collaborative research partnerships comprised of a campus researcher and a community organization. One award is presented to a UCI faculty member who excels in demonstrating principles of engagement in building partnerships with community organizations and community members in order to accomplish effective community-engaged research (CEnR). The second award is presented to a community leader who shows commitment to incorporating principles of research and quality improvement in their efforts to address the health of the communities they serve.

Outstanding Community Leader Researcher Awardee:

Madison Park Neighborhood Association 

Established in 1987, MPNA is one of 60+ neighborhood associations in Santa Ana, CA. A grass-root organization lead by residents, MPNA works to improve the quality of life for youth and adults in the Madison Park neighborhood and the surrounding South-East Santa Ana communities by empowering residents through civic engagement. In 2012, MPNA became a 501c3 and established the Getting Residents Engaged in Exercise & Nutrition (GREEN) Programs as part of The California Endowment Building Healthy Communities Initiative. Based at James Madison Elementary, and in collaboration with key institutions including the Santa Ana Unified School District, City of Santa Ana.

Department of Parks and Recreation, and UC Irvine, the GREEN programs promote:
I - Youth Educational Development
The ALMA (Aspire, Learn, Mentor & Achieve) STEM Science Academy/Mentorship Pipeline serves area elementary, junior high, and high schools students, including college readiness conferences at UC Irvine. Undergraduate, graduate, and medical students from UCI, SAC, UCLA and CSUF serve as mentors.
II - Family Health and Wellness
Zumba, Cardio, and Boot Camp classes are paired with health talks and healthy cooking demonstrations.
III - Safe and Green Environment
Activities include an annual Walk-a-thon, Community Resource Fair & Cultural Festival (17th annual: October 5, 2019), and participatory research (air pollution & childhood asthma study).

MPNA-GREEN has been generously funded by The California Endowment, The Nicholas Endowment, The California Air Resource Board, Santa Ana Unified School District, City of Santa Ana, UC Irvine, private donors, and neighborhood contributors. The organization is fiscally sponsored by Charitable Ventures of Orange County.

Outstanding Academic Community Researcher Awardee:

Adey Nyamathi, PhD, MSN, FAAN

Dr. Adey Nyamathi is the Founding Dean and Distinguished Professor, Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing. She is a highly respected researcher, academician, and a distinguished professor. Dr. Nyamathi has been the Principal Investigator of over a dozen NIH-funded grants; the majority of which were R01 type mechanisms. She and her research team have been funded by NIDA, NIAAA, NICHD, and NINR. During her three decades of continuous R01 NIH funding as a Principle Investigator, Dr. Nyamathi has conducted descriptive and randomized trials among vulnerable populations, including homeless, drug-addicted, and incarcerated persons; gay/bisexual youth; men at risk for HIV/AIDS; and rural women living with AIDS in India. In her current NIH-funded study with homeless adults diagnosed with Latent TB, Dr. Nyamathi's team is engaging this underserved population to ensure they have access to the prescribed treatment as well as support in the physical, psychological and social realms.

Join us in celebrating the Madison Park Neigborhood Association & Dr. Nyamathi!

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"People Who Make a Difference in Human Health"

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

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