Dr. Rodney Haring earns a “Research into Action” award

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Honors Native American Researcher at Roswell Park

  • Roswell Park researcher receives Research Into Action Award
  • An enrolled Seneca, he was a 2010 New Connections initiative grantee
  • His research aims to overcome disparities in Native American communities

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center faculty researcher Rodney Haring, PhD, MSW, has been recognized with a Research Into Action Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) New Connections initiative. 

Presented in March at a capstone symposium in New Orleans, the award symbolizes what Dr. Haring has accomplished as a New Connections grantee with his contributions and success in the field. For example, he began a project in 2010 that looked at childhood obesity and oral health within Native American communities.

“I was not all surprised to hear that Rodney would be recognized by such a prestigious organization,” says Christine Ambrosone, PhD, Roswell Park Alliance Foundation Endowed Chair in Cancer Prevention at the cancer center and head of the department Dr. Haring works in. “He’s done so much to not only identify challenges and problems that get in the way of good health, but to find solutions that will help to address the issues he identifies.”

New Connections was established by RWJF in 2005 to provide grants and additional opportunities for scholars from historically disadvantaged or underrepresented backgrounds. An enrolled member of the Seneca Nation of Indians, Dr. Haring focuses on research that reflects endemic health disparities. He credits the initiative as a foundation in his career as a scientist, researcher and community member.

Dr. Haring holds doctoral and master’s degrees from the University at Buffalo.


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