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What is HETAP?

The Higher Education Technical Assistance Project (HETAP) targets institutions of higher education, including minority serving institutions (MSIs) focusing on sharing resource development strategies, regional health data and information, emerging health disparities research, community engagement, and networking opportunities by:

  • Developing and administering workshops for junior faculty and staff to improve nascent proposal development skills
  • Introducing additional resource development strategies to institutions of higher learning.
  • Providing students increased exposure to the benefits of public health and STEM careers

The HETAP initiative includes the University Vision, Design and Capacity (UVDC) technical grant writing workshops which provide university and health professionals with strategies to make grant proposals more competitive.

This hands-on, two-day workshop is for junior faculty, staff and college/university health professionals who are interested in community-based participatory research; committed to working with underserved populations; and want to build their institution’s capacity to compete and receive competitive grant awards.

University Vision, Design and Capacity (UVDC) Technical Grant Writing Workshops
There is no cost to attend these workshops, but capacity is limited.

UVDC workshops have been held at the following minority serving institutions:

  • Alabama State University*
  • Bemidji State University
  • Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community College***
  • Meharry Medical College*
  • Morgan State University*
  • North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University*
  • Northeastern Illinois University**
  • Northern Arizona University**
  • Nova Southeastern University**
  • Sacramento State University**
  • University of Incarnate Word** in conjunction with the Latinas Researchers Network Conference
  • Xavier University of Louisiana*

*Historically Black College and University **Hispanic Serving Institution ***Tribal College/University

Over the course of FY17, the UVDC has been found to be incredibly effective at helping to increase knowledge of the participants and the confidence of participants to pursue a grant. An average satisfaction rating of 99%, further evidenced the success of the developed curriculum and its implementation at host institutions.

Quotes from FY2017 participants:

  • “I really enjoyed the workshop. It helped expand and refine my understanding of grant writing and what’s involved/process with beginning this.”
  • “…Excellent training and an excellent opportunity for networking, peer support and exchanging of ideas…”
  • “I appreciate the presenter’s knowledge, experience, and energy. She encouraged us to collaborate.”
  • “The training was extremely informative and provided me with useful, applicable, and realistic tools.”

Institutions interested in hosting a UVDC technical grant writing workshops may contact OMHRC at with ‘UVDC host’ in subject line.

HETAP Professorial Expert Panel

The Office of Minority Health Resource Center (OMHRC) created a professorial expert panel to improve our programs and delivery strategies related to the HETAP. The expert panel advises HETAP on gaps, needs, policies, processes, and innovative strategies to better support MSIs, minority faculty and students as well as minority health. To be effective and relevant, it is essential that representatives from academia have the opportunity to provide recommendations on this council.

By serving on the expert panel, faculty can guide programs by investing in the research needed to eliminate health disparities and prepare junior faculty for research in the field of public health, while serving to promote parity in the workforce and subsequently better health outcomes for students and people of color. Twenty-one professionals were recruited from around the country and U.S. territories for the inaugural expert panel representing Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions.

As an expert panel member, a 12-month commitment includes:

  • Monthly hour-long conference calls
  • Subject matter expertise in academic and health-related matters
  • Introduction of networks with whom OMHRC should be affiliated

Should you be interested in serving on the OMHRC HETAP expert panel, please submit your CV to with ‘HETAP expert panel application’ in the subject line.

Preconception Peer Educators (PPE) Program

The Preconception Peer Educators (PPE) Program was developed to raise awareness among college students about the disproportionately high infant mortality rates among racial and ethnic minorities. The PPE Program applies a peer education curriculum to equip college students with targeted health messages they can spread throughout their campuses and communities. Trained PPEs champion these health messages in an effort to reduce infant mortality rates among all people, specifically those in at-risk populations. Since its inception in 2007, the program has expanded nationwide with thousands of peer educators trained.

Preconception Peer Educators in collaboration with OMH, foster health disparities reduction by:

  • Extending and continuing far-reaching infant mortality awareness campaigns promoting preconception and inter-conception health messages.
  • Developing activities and messages targeted to at-risk populations
  • Reaching the college-age population with targeted health messages, materials, activities and exercises emphasizing preconception health and healthcare.
  • Training college students to serve as peer educators and healthy behavior advocates.

If you are interested in creating a program on your campus, contact OMHRC at 800-444-6472 or

Last Modified: 5/10/2018 4:26:00 PM