Please Vote for COAH’s JHU Diversity Innovation Grant Proposal By December 30, 2022

Faculty and staff members from COAH have applied for funding under the crowd-sourced JHU Diversity Innovation Grant (DIG) competition!  Any member of the Johns Hopkins community may participate by using your JHU email to login and vote online. Please vote for our idea – titled, “Training to recruit diverse, older adults to research studies” on the following site: The Idea Lab – by IdeaScale | 2022 Diversity Innovation Grants (  The online crowd-sourcing site will be open for voting through 10 p.m. EST on Friday, December 30.

The 2022 DIG Challenge is focused on developing and implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) best practices throughout Johns Hopkins.

Our proposal will provide DEI training to research coordinators — who serve on the frontlines of study recruitment — on best practices for enrolling older adults from minoritized populations who have been historically underrepresented in research.

The training we propose will lay the groundwork and provide the DEI knowledge base needed for optimal recruitment of diverse older research study enrollees, particularly people who are Black and/or part of the LGBTQ+ communities.

A scalable model, this training would be open to benefit research staff members in all departments where older adults are being recruited to research studies, such as those at the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center in Neurology, those affiliated with Geriatrics, such as the JH AITC, HAP, and more in Public Health, Nursing, and across the university system.

Thank you in advance for your support and for your vote!

By Brian Buta, MHS