Kimani Paul-Emile Awarded Competitive Two-Year Grant

November 01, 2011

Fordham Law Associate Professor Kimani Paul-Emile has been awarded a $75,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation's leading philanthropy on health and health care. Paul-Emile is among a select group of junior investigators to receive one of the competitive 24-month grants through the New Connections and Public Health Law Research national programs. The grant will allow Paul-Emile to analyze how criminal background checks affect the health and welfare of individuals with criminal records precipitated by a low-level offense.

"Kimani is an excellent scholar and passionate teacher," said Dean Michael M. Martin. "We at Fordham Law are proud of her most recent accomplishment and look forward not only to the results of the research but also to future scholarship from such a bright, talented academic."

New Connections is a national program designed to introduce new scholars to RWJF and expand the diversity of perspectives that inform the foundation's programming. New Connections seeks early- to mid-career scholars who are historically underrepresented ethnic or racial minorities, first-generation college graduates, or individuals from low-income communities. Public Health Law Research is a national program that aims to build the evidence for and increase the use of effective regulatory, legal and policy solutions—whether statutes, regulations, case law or other policies—to protect and improve population health and the public health system.

"We are thrilled to welcome Kimani Paul-Emile to a program that reflects the foundation's commitment to increasing the diversity in our grant making and in the broader fields of health research," said Debra Pérez, Interim Assistant Vice-President for Research and Evaluation at RWJF.
"I am quite proud to be among the junior investigators honored with this prestigious grant," says Paul-Emile. "This award will connect me to a network of established experts in research and evaluation related to public health, while providing me with an opportunity to examine an issue that has far-reaching implications for the health and welfare of individuals with a criminal record precipitated by a nonviolent drug arrest or other low-level offense."
More information about New Connections is available on its website
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans, RWJF works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, meaningful and timely change. For more than 35 years, the Foundation has brought experience, commitment and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those we serve. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, RWJF expects to make a difference in your lifetime.