Dr. Samuel D. Towne Jr., research assistant professor at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health, recently received $66,187 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for previous and proposed research in rural and minority aging. The highly competitive NIH Loan Repayment Program Award for Health Disparities Research is awarded to those devoting at least 50 percent of their research to health disparities.
“It is an honor to receive this level of support for and recognition of my work in identifying and ameliorating health disparities among vulnerable populations,” said Dr. Towne. “I am so thankful for the support of my mentors and colleagues who have helped me in my efforts to make a difference in an area I am passionate about.”
Dr. Towne has published on multiple research studies focusing on rural and minority health disparities. Most recently he contributed to Rural Healthy People 2020, which serves as a companion document to Healthy People 2020, a consensus statement of national priorities and benchmarks measuring the nation’s health.