Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI) Investigators Allyson Hart, MD, MS, and Kate Diaz Vickery, MD, MSc, were featured in a recent University of Minnesota Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) news story about coaching and how it transforms researchers and institutions.
Coaching has proven to be a progressing force. In 2015, CTSI started coaching its scholars. Since then, those scholars have secured major NIH awards, received promotions, and conducted cutting-edge research that’s making a meaningful impact on people’s lives.
Dr. Diaz Vickery credits coaching with giving her the confidence to co-create the Health, Homelessness, and Criminal Justice (HHCJ) Lab. She also says that having a better sense of who she is and what she wants to focus on led directly to funding opportunities.
As for Dr. Hart, since her first coaching session, she’s become the IRB Chair for the Hennepin Health Research Institute, a senior staff member of the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, and the co-director of the Office of Equity and Social Justice in the Hennepin Healthcare Department of Medicine.
Coaching has uncovered understanding on how institutions can better support their faculty researchers and retain talent. One key insight led to Mothers Leading Science, a career development program Dr. Hart co-created to support researcher-moms.
Coaching sessions also help researchers develop skills and empower them to chart personalized paths that align with their values.
Read the full story on how coaching is helping advance translational science on the UMN CTSI website:
NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program also covered the story, focusing on how coaching empowered Dr. Vickery to lean into community-engaged research and pursue out-of-the-box approaches to research, such as collaborating with the zAmya Theater on a theatrical production called Life Heist: Stealing Hope while Surviving Diabetes and Homelessness.
Read the article on the NIH NCATS CTSA Program website:
Photo credit of Dr. Hart at UMN: CTSI
Photo Credit of Dr. Vickery at zAmya Theater: Ann Treacy