Key issues in mentoring in HIV prevention and mental health for new investigators from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups

Am J Public Health. 2009 Apr;99 Suppl 1(Suppl 1):S87-91. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2008.155085. Epub 2009 Feb 26.


We examine the challenges and barriers to quality mentoring for new investigators from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups and propose solutions for establishing a robust pipeline of early-career scientists who are well equipped to conduct research on disparities in HIV and mental health. In addition, we review contributions to this special supplement on mentoring and advocate a multilevel strategy that targets funding agencies, academic and research institutions, mentors, and mentees to enhance the diversity of the nation's scientific workforce and ensure that the public health system benefits from innovations derived from the optimal use of existing human capital.

MeSH terms

  • Career Choice*
  • Education, Public Health Professional / statistics & numerical data*
  • Ethnicity
  • HIV Infections / epidemiology
  • HIV Infections / ethnology
  • HIV Infections / prevention & control*
  • Health Services Research / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders / epidemiology
  • Mental Disorders / ethnology
  • Mental Disorders / prevention & control*
  • Mental Health*
  • Mentors / statistics & numerical data*
  • Racial Groups
  • Research Personnel / education*
  • Research Personnel / supply & distribution
  • United States / epidemiology