Monnat receives $100K grant from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) awarded the College of Agricultural Sciences’ Shannon M. Monnat a 24-month, $100,000 grant through the New Connections program.

The funding will allow Monnat, assistant professor of rural sociology, demography and sociology, and research associate with the Population Research Institute at Penn State, to use nationally representative longitudinal data to identify factors that influence disparities in health care access and utilization among Hispanic adults.

“I am extremely honored and excited to have been awarded this prestigious grant,” said Monnat. “Funding from this grant and my participation in upcoming RWJF New Connections meetings and other events will enable me to connect with a wide network of established health disparities research experts; utilize the valuable restricted data resources provided within Penn State’s new Census Bureau Research Data Center; and conduct research that has important implications for health care policy and practice.”

The RWJF is the nation's largest philanthropy devoted solely to the public's health. New Connections is a national program designed to introduce new scholars to RWJF and expand the diversity of perspectives that inform the foundation’s programming. New Connections seeks early- to mid-career scholars who are historically underrepresented ethnic or racial minorities, first-generation college graduates or individuals from low-income communities. More than 1,200 scholars are now in the network.

“We are so excited to welcome Dr. Monnat into the eighth cohort of New Connections grantees,” said Catherine Malone, program associate at RWJF. “The program connects first time grantees to the foundation, and the new perspectives they bring are essential to solving the critical, complex issues affecting our nation’s health."

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Last Updated January 09, 2015