Grant will support research of smoking policies in tribal colleges

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the nation's leading philanthropy working to build a Culture of Health in America, has awarded The University of Kansas Medical Center's Research Assistant Professor, Christina M. Pacheco, JD, a 24-month grant through the New Connections program.Christina Pachecho

Pacheco is among a select group of junior investigators to receive a 24-month grant from New Connections. The grant will allow Pacheco to examine the effects of a tribal college's smoking policy on smoking prevalence, quit attempts, and exposure to secondhand smoke. Pacheco will also create both a national database of tribal college and university campus tobacco policies, and a toolkit to aid tribal colleges that are interested in implementing smoke-free policies.

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.

"We are so excited to welcome Christina M. Pacheco into the eighth cohort of New Connections grantees. 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," says Catherine Malone, DBA, MBA, Program Associate at RWJF.

"This cohort joins the larger New Connections network of over 1200 scholars - a network that provides opportunities for scholarly support and collaboration for academics from underrepresented groups," says Malone.

"It is a great honor to be among the distinguished junior investigators selected to receive this prestigious grant," says Pacheco. "This grant not only allows me to address important topics that impact the health of tribal college students and the regulation of and exposure to environmental tobacco smoke, but it also affords me the opportunity to network with and be mentored by the country's premier experts in public health and public health law research."

More information about New Connections is available at

Last modified: Oct 02, 2014
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