HBCU Student Ambassadors and Advisors Empowering the Community with Health and Wellness Initiative

HBCU Student Ambassadors and Advisors Empowering the Community with Health and Wellness Initiative

Kimora Bowles

National Institutes of Health sponsors Delta Research and Educational Foundation’s (DREF) All of Us HBCU Research Accelerates Possibilities program to improve health outcomes for underrepresented populations.

Washington, D.C. - One of the DREF Research Matters signature programs is the HBCU Research Accelerates Possibilities (R.A.P.) Sessions. Continuing with its second virtual year, the culturally relevant themes fashioned to empower the HBCU campus community supports the overall mission of the NIH’s All of Us Research Program.

Thank you Lincoln University! The HBCU selected student ambassador from this institution is Ms. Kimora Bowles. The student was advised and mentored by Ms. Kenyatta Austin formerly from the Undergraduate Admissions department to represent DREF’s signature HBCU “Elite 8” Research Accelerates Possibilities program component to facilitates culturally relevant events fashioned to empower its campus community to improve the overall lifestyle, perspective, health, and wellness for underrepresented populations.

This campus component of this initiative extends from September 2021 through June 2022. One selected student ambassador at a participating HBCUs will work closely with their designated campus advisor during this paid ambassadorship to implement the monthly outreach to successfully implement the program’s goals and objectives.

Areas of focus include historical transgressions, life experiences, challenges, and achievements. The goal is to encourage HBCU communities to have meaningful conversations to establish the groundwork to improve the overall behavior, environment, lifestyle, perspective, health, and wellness of the underrepresented populations.

The Delta Research and Educational Foundation (DREF), in collaboration with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (DST) and the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), is conducting a national health initiative entitled “Research Matters: Creating Possibilities to Achieve Health and Wellness for All of Us.” The objectives are to engage, educate and ultimately enroll African Americans in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) All of Us national registry.


Article and photo courtesy of Research Matters for All of Us. Contact: Dr. Alesha K. Russey, Research Matters for All of Us, Program Manager at arussey@deltafoundation.net