Dr. Keita awarded grant through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
April 18, 2013
Dr. 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.