TAA awards grant in support of upcoming ASPIRE convening


The American Assembly has awarded a grant to ASPIRE (Advancing Solutions in Policy, Implementation, Research and Engagement for Refugees), an initiative that takes a multidisciplinary approach to responding to the Syrian refugee crisis.

The recently completed Women ASPIRE study examined the health and mental health concerns of 507 Syrian refugee women in non-camp settings in Jordan. This grant specifically aims to support a 10-day convening of scholars, health care professionals, policymakers, and other stakeholders that will:

  • interpret findings from the Women ASPIRE study

  • create informed policy and programmatic recommendations for health agencies in Jordan regarding the most effective means of meeting the health needs of Syrian refugee women living outside of camps

  • build a network of researchers, clinicians, NGO staff, and multilateral agencies in Jordan that is dedicated to interdisciplinary dialogue and advocacy to support Syrian refugee women in Jordan

We believe such a gathering constitutes a pivotal step in developing effective research-based interventions that incorporate community perspectives, and are proud to fund a proposal with such great potential to improve health outcomes.

American Assembly to Launch New Initiatives

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In April 2019, The American Assembly board of Trustees appointed Peter Bearman, director of Columbia’s Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics (INCITE), as the new president of the American Assembly, and approved a new vision for the organization. Through its alignment with INCITE, The Assembly will redouble its efforts to bring innovative research, rigorous analysis, and potent strategies for intervention to the public forum. Stay connected over the next year as we continue to expand the newly launched Democracy & Trust program and announce further programs and initiatives in line with our mission.