Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) Program

University of Texas at San Antonio


Project Description: The goals of the Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) Program at UTSA are; enhance the research capacity and infrastructure at minority-serving universities that offer doctorates in health sciences; provide state-of-the-art equipment, expertise, and training for UTSA’s scientific community to pursue innovative research and to be competitive for extramural funding; and promote the development of faculty members and advance their research programs.

Current Services:The DSC-CIES team will design and implement a summative evaluation summative evaluation (2010-2015) in order to monitor the progress of UTSA-RCMI program in fulfilling its mission. This evaluation will focus on measuring the accomplishments of the UTSA-RCMI Program goals according to the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) grant award (G12MD007591). The DSC-CIES will use a mixed methods approach for data collection integrating a comprehensive document review and quantitative data.

Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) Program

Ponce School of Medicine and Health Science (PSMHS)


Project Description: The main goal of the Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) Program at Ponce School of Medicine and Health Science (PSMHS) is to promote high quality translational research with a strong emphasis in health disparities. RCMI program will supported five Core facilities including Administration, AIDS Research Infrastructure, Molecular Biology and Genomics, Behavioral Research and Integrated Neurosciences, and Pilot Research Projects. 

Current Services: The DSC-CIES team will design and implement formative and summative evaluation plans to assess the effectiveness of PSMHS-RCMI to continue building research infrastructure to development of high quality basic, behavioral, clinical, and translational research activities with strong emphasis on minority health and health disparities. Part of the DSC-CIES team approach includes; review evaluation plans to ensure the inclusion of principal measures, milestone, timeliness, and data sources, design and implement data collection strategies and process, and prepare formative and summative evaluation reports. 


UPR-Medical Sciences Campus, School of Health Professions (SoHP) and Medicine (SoM) 


Project Description: The NCMHD Endowment Program “HISPANICS-IN-RESEARCH CAPABILITY (HIREC): School of Health Profession (SoHP) & School of Medicine (SoM) Partnership will help to expand and sustain the SoHP and SoM strategies for building capacity and research infrastructure that will facilitate minority health and health disparities research. The HIREC Endowment specifically addresses the schools’ concern about the shortage of motivated well trained independent minority clinical researchers and the need for training of clinicians and physicians to enable and encourage them to engage in clinical research in minority populations.

Current Services: DSC serves as external evaluator to monitor the progress of HiREC program in fulfilling its mission based on the measures of progress for specific areas: (1) orientation, training and guidance in minority health and health disparities research, (2) mentoring and support of career development of junior minority faculty in health disparities research, and (3) support of student research career immersion experiences in health disparities. Evaluation efforts include; (1) design evaluation plan to ensure the inclusion of principal measures, timeliness, data sources, and short, medium, and long terms milestones, (2) design and implement data collection strategies, and (3) promote strategic planning process and continues quality improvement among HiREC.

Puerto Rico Clinical and Translational Research Consortium (PRCTRC)

UPR Medical Sciences Campus, Ponce School of Medicine and Universidad Central del Caribe (U54)


Project Description: The Puerto Rico Clinical and Translational Research Consortium (PRCTRC) is an innovative concept among the collaborating member universities: Medical Sciences Campus UPR (UPR-MSC), Ponce Medical School (PMS) and Universidad Central del Caribe (UCC), in that it provides a unique opportunity to incorporate resources and impact a state-size territory composed primarily of a minority population. The overall mission of the PRCTRC is to create a centralized clinical and translational research program focused on health problems prevalent in underserved minority populations. The major programmatic goals are to:

  1. Enhance and integrate existing infrastructure for clinical and translational research, in order to support and expand Clinical and Translational Research in the Health Disparities.
  2. Enhance and support existing training and mentoring programs, in order to increase the number of new minority investigators in Clinical and Translational Research.
  3. Facilitate the translation of knowledge from the bench into the community.

Current Services:DSC is collaborating in the evaluation of the entire project, and offer the personnel and support needs for all the evaluation processes. The purpose of this effort are to evaluate the organizing activities of the PRCTRC in order to map the transformation of clinical and translational research at UPR-MSC, PMS and UCC; document progress toward implementing goals of the key function areas; and assess institutional change, cooperation and collaboration among key functions and other program components.

Project Publication: Clinical and Translational Research Capacity Building Needs in Minority Medical and Health Science Hispanic Institutions (read the complete article in the Publication & Presentation Section)

Puerto Rico IDeA Network Biomedical Research Excellence


Program Description: The University of Puerto Rico hosts the Puerto Rico IDeA Network Biomedical Research Excellence. PR-INBBRE is funded by National Institutes of Health Institutional Developmental Awards (IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence, INBRE) and matching funds of the UPR. The overall goal of the PR-INBBRE is to enhance and strengthen the scientific infrastructure and research competitiveness of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in three specific research core areas (Neuroscience Research, Drug Design & Delivery, and Molecular Medicine), deemed to be key to advance Puerto Rico's biomedical and behavioral research capacity. PR-INBBRE operates via four components, namely as Administrative Core, Bioinformatics Core, Science and Technology Competency Enhancement (STCE), and Centralized Research and Instrumentation Core (CRI). PR-INBBRE also supports nine research subprojects in six primarily undergraduate institutions in Puerto Rico: Universidad Metropolitana and Universidad del Turabo of the Ana G. Mendez System; Inter American University, Bayamón Campus; and UPR’s Mayagüez Campus, Cayey Campus and Humacao Campus.

Current Services: As the external evaluator, the CIES DCS designs and implements the process and outcome evaluation of PRINBRE.

Development of a Bilingual Minor in Food Safety Project, Universidad del Este


Project Description:  The School of Sciences and Technology at the Universidad del Este (UNE) host the Bilingual Minor in Food Safety Project (DBMFS). The main goals of the DBMFS are the following: development of a Bilingual Minor in Food Safety for undergraduate students in Science, Engineering Technology and Environmental Sciences, advancement of faculty development in food safety research issues and provision of innovative student experiential learning opportunities through undergraduate research experience.

Services:  Design and implementation of the process and outcome evaluation of the DBMFS.  CIES-DSC focused on the development of a logic model, evaluation plan and a need assessment for the project. In addition, CIES implemented a pilot surveys about: student’s general knowledge, perception and willingness to pursue a minor degree in food safety.