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Dr. Keita awarded grant through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

April 18, 2013

Dr. Akilah Dulin KeitaDr. Akilah Dulin Keita, an assistant professor at Brown University and former postdoctoral trainee in the Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC), is among a select group of junior investigators to be awarded a $100,000 grant through the New Connections program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the leading national philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving health and health care.

Dr. Keita is a social and behavioral scientist whose research interests center on racial/ethnic and socioeconomic health inequalities, with a focus on “identifying neighborhood contexts of diet, physical activity and obesity-related comorbidities.” This 24-month grant will allow Dr. Keita to “examine the risk and protective factors for childhood obesity among Southeast Asians,” using mixed-method approaches to identify culturally appropriate interventions.

New Connections was designed to introduce early- to mid-career scholars—who generally comprise underrepresented ethnic or racial minorities, first-generation college graduates, or individuals from low-income communities—to RWJF, as well as to expand the diversity of perspectives that inform the foundation’s programming.