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Funded Initiatives and Collaborations

Core Research Project: HIV/AIDS Prevention Program for Youth (HAPPY)

The Morehouse School of Medicine Prevention Research Center is one of a network of 26 academic research centers funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/prc/. The theme of the PRC is: Risk Reduction and Early Detection in African American and Other Minority Community-Coalitions for Prevention Research. This center’s research infrastructure is designed to conduct multi-interdisciplinary community-based research initiatives, train community-based researchers and public health practitioners, demonstrate the value of community coalitions in conducting research and communicate and disseminate research findings and public health information widely to advance public health practice and improve health outcomes in communities. The Center’s core research project is entitled: A Multi-Method Approach to STI and HIV/AIDS Prevention among Urban Minority Youth. The proposed research will implement a STI and HIV/AIDS prevention intervention with 384 youth 14-18 years old, residing the Neighborhood Planning Units (NPUs) serviced by the Prevention Research Center.  The following specific evidence gaps in the intervention research and analysis will be addressed: the effects of gender, the effectiveness of multi-component interventions, and the effectiveness of including parents in intervention efforts. Tabia Henry Akintobi, PhD, MPH is Principal Investigator, Rhonda Holliday, PhD is core research project Principal Investigator and LaShawn Hoffman is Community Coalition Board Chair. 

More information about HAPPY can be found at: http://www.msm.edu/Research/research_centersandinstitutes/PRC/project-happy.php

Special Interest Project (SIP) Adapting Evidence-Based Epilepsy Self-Management Programs for Blacks in Georgia

Epilepsy self-management can improve treatment outcomes and overall quality of life for people with epilepsy. Using a community-engaged approach—including an Epilepsy Community Advisory Board, focus groups, and interviews with community stakeholders—this project proposes to replicate the use of Project UPLIFT among African Americans, and to disseminate three CDC’s Managing Epilepsy Well Network products (i.e., Project UPLIFT, Self-Management Instrument, & WebEase) in Atlanta and around Georgia. The goals of this research are to promote the adoption and replication of self-management programs in underserved communities, and to understand the features that facilitate dissemination, replication, and adoption of these programs among people with epilepsy. Rakale C. Quarells, PhD (Morehouse School of Medicine) is Principal Investigator and Nancy Thompson, PhD (Emory University) is Co-Principal Investigator. This special interest project is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

More information about the Managing Epilepsy Well Network may be found at: http://managingepilepsywell.org/research/morehouse_adapting.html

Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH)

PICH is a 3-year initiative that supports implementation of evidence-based strategies to improve the health of communities and reduce the prevalence of chronic disease. PICH builds on a body of knowledge developed through previously funded Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) programs and encourages collaborations with a multi-sectoral coalition to implement sustainable changes in communities where people live, learn, work, and play.

The purpose of the evaluation of this program, funded through the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness, is to assess the implementation of evidence- and practice-based strategies that address tobacco use and exposure, poor nutrition, physical inactivity, and lack of access to chronic disease prevention, risk reduction and management in Fulton County. 

More information about the PICH project can be found at: http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dch/programs/partnershipstoimprovecommunityhealth/ 

Morehouse School of Medicine Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Health Initiative (MSM REACH HI): Transforming Metropolitan Atlanta Communities through Prevention, Primary Care Linkages and Policy Change

This comprehensive implementation grant partners The Morehouse School of Medicine Prevention Research Center in with the Satcher Health Leadership Institute (SHLI), Georgia State University, The Center, and The National Center for Primary Care. It will employ an evidence‐based and culturally tailored model that bridges community and clinical connections and employs tailored policy, systems, and environmental change.  Strategies will be designed to improve access to quality healthcare and reduce risk factors for diabetes and cardiovascular disease among vulnerable adult African Americans. MSM REACH HI will accomplish this through a community‐based participatory approach that connects residents to care through community health workers, enlists the clinical leadership of federally qualified health centers, improves behavioral health and chronic disease management, engages community leaders, and improves health outcomes. Tabia Henry Akintobi, PhD, MPH, PRC Director, is Principal Investigator and Kisha Holden, PhD, MSCR, SHLI Deputy Director, is Co-Principal Investigator. This project is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dch/programs/reach/ 

    • The Healthy Corner Store Project

      The Healthy Corner Store Initiative is working with local store owners to increase community access to healthy foods, specifically in communities that do not have a grocery store or fresh produce market. Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this three–year project is a partnership between Georgia State University’s School of Public Health and Morehouse Medical School’s Prevention Research Center.

      More information about the Healthy Corner Store Project can be found at: http://www.msm.edu/Research/research_centersandinstitutes/PRC/healthycornerstore.php

Exploratory Center of Excellence-Reducing Health Disparities in Vulnerable African American Families and Communities

Through an established collaboration between the institution and Prevention Research Center communities, the Center of Excellence on Health Disparities (CEHD) continues to build a synergistic partnership to elucidate etiology of health disparities and develop research interventions that increase quality of life among marginalized and disenfranchised populations in Metropolitan Atlanta. The CEHD approach relies on community-based participatory research principles.  Ronald Braithwaite, PhD, PI, is the Principal Investigator. LaShawn Hoffman, PRC Community Coalition Board Chair, serves as the Centers lead community liaison and Tabia Henry Akintobi, PhD, MPH, lead the Center’s Community Engagement Core. This Center is funded by the National Institutes of Minority Health and Health Disparities. This Center is funded by the National Institutes of Minority Health and Health Disparities.

More information about the center may be found at: http://www.msm.edu/Research/research_centersandinstitutes/center-of-excellence-on-health-disparities/index.php
 

The Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute’s Community Engagement Research Program (CERP)

The Atlanta Clinical & Translational Science Institute (ACTSI) is an inter-institutional research infrastructure that concentrates basic, translational and clinical investigators, community clinicians, professional societies and industry collaborators in dynamic clinical and translational research projects. Emory has engaged two of its close academic partners in metropolitan Atlanta - Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) and Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) - to form the ACTSI. CERP is led by the Morehouse School of Medicine and is co-led by Emory University’s Prevention Research Center. CERP supports community-university research partnerships, obtains community input into university research, and increases health research in community settings that is responsive to the health needs of the community. It connects existing academic community research programs from Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) and Emory University’s Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center, transforms research from a scientist-subject interaction to an equitable partnership, and trains investigators in principles of community-based participatory research. To reduce health disparities, CERP:

  • Builds community capacity to develop and conduct collaborative research projects to address critical public health needs
  • Assists in the development of effective and sustainable community academic partnerships
  • Conducts courses and seminars on Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR)
  • Offers research capacity building workshops for academic researchers and community partners
  • Provides a platform for shared communication, networking and community engagement among our partners and other stakeholders

David S. Stephens, MD (Emory University) is ACTSI Principal Investigator and Elizabeth O. Ofili, MD, MPH (Morehouse School of Medicine) is Co-Principal Investigator. Tabia Henry Akintobi, PhD, MPH (Morehouse School of Medicine) is CERP Director and Michelle Kegler, DrPH, MPH (Emory University) is CERP Co-Director. More information about the ACTI may be found at: http://actsi.org/. CERP information may be found at: http://actsi.org/areas/cerp/index.html