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Promising Practices and Lessons Learned from the NIH Transformative Health Disparities Program

May 15, 2024, 3:00 - 4:30 pm EDT

The NIH Common Fund’s Transformative Research to Address Health Disparities and Advance Health Equity (THD) Program is supporting innovative, translational research projects to prevent, reduce, or eliminate health disparities and advance health equity. Each project includes an innovative intervention component designed to improve health outcomes by addressing community concerns such as access to quality health care, economic development, social and community context, and neighborhood characteristics.

On May 15, 3:00-4:30 pm EDT, lead researchers from three THD awards will present highlights and goals from their research projects, including intervention progress, community engagement activities, promising practices, and lessons learned. Following the presentations, the researchers will participate in a panel discussion highlighting progress and barriers to addressing social determinants of health, reducing health disparities, and advancing health equity within communities across the nation. 


  • Victoria Ngo, Ph.D., City University of New York, “Harlem Strong Mental Health Coalition: A Multi-sector Community-Engaged Collaborative for System Transformation,” Project Description
  • Eugenia South, M.D., M.S., University of Pennsylvania, “A Randomized Controlled Trial of Concentrated Investment in Black Neighborhoods to Address Structural Racism as a Fundamental Cause of Poor Health,” Project Description
  • Susan Davis Emmett, M.D., M.P.H., University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and Matthew Lee Bush, M.D.,Ph.D., University of Kentucky, “Appalachian STAR Trial,” Project Description


Headshot of Victoria Ngo

Victoria Ngo, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Community Health and Social Sciences at the City University of New York Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy (CUNY SPH), Director of the Center for Innovation in Mental Health at CUNY SPH, and Mental Health Director of the Center for Immigrant, Refugee and Global Health at CUNY. She also holds an Adjunct Scientist position at the RAND Corporation. She specializes in implementation strategies for mental health task-sharing and use of community participatory methods to increase access to evidence-based mental health interventions and sustainable integration of mental health services into non-mental health settings including primary care, maternal health, HIV, cancer care, schools, and other community-based settings.

Headshot of Eugenia South

Eugenia South, M.D., M.S., is the Ralph Muller Presidential Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. She is the Faculty Director for the Penn Medicine Center for Health Justice as well as Associate Vice President of Health Justice for the University of Pennsylvania Health System. The vision of the Center for Health Justice is to enable health through racial, economic, and environmental justice for Black, Brown, and other people and neighborhoods harmed by structural inequity. The Center has two broad portfolios: (a) research and community action led by the Urban Health Lab and (b) health system operations led by the Health Justice Transformation group.  Dr. South has studied a variety of place-based interventions including vacant lot greening, abandoned house remediation, tree planting, and structural repairs to homes, demonstrating an impact on gun violence prevention, and mental and physical health. 

Headshot of Susan Emmett

Susan Emmett, M.D., M.P.H., is an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology and Public Health at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), where she was recruited to found and direct the new UAMS Center for Hearing Health Equity, the first of its kind in the world.  She consults for the World Health Organization and serves as Co-Chair of Innovations in Service Delivery for the Lancet Commission on Hearing Loss.  She is the Founder and Director of the Global HEAR Collaborative and HEAR-USA, the only international and national research networks dedicated to addressing disparities in hearing loss. She is the only otolaryngologist who is a TED Fellow, named in 2017.

Headshot of Matthew Lee Bush

Matthew Lee Bush, M.D., Ph.D., MBA, is a Professor and the Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Kentucky and board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology both in Otolaryngology and in Neurotology and Cranial Base Surgery. Bush is actively engaged in clinical research with a special focus on hearing healthcare disparities. His research and clinical efforts are focused on providing timely access to care for children and adults.


For more information about the NIH Common Fund’s Transformative Research to Address Health Disparities and Advance Health Equity initiative visit:

We encourage you to register by May 10. Please email with any questions about the webinar. 

This page last reviewed on April 2, 2024