The University of South Alabama, Center for Healthy Communities (CHC), NIMHD Center of Excellence (COE) seeks to eliminate health disparities in its region via broad based collaborations with community partners, university investigators and policy makers. We seek renewed funding for our COE. We will focus on African American health and health disparities and have proposed activities that have grown from our current funding. We propose four cores: Administrative, Research, Research Training / Education, and Community Engagement/Outreach. The Research Training / Education Core, directed by Errol Crook, MD will run an undergraduate research program for students from health disparate groups. This program will serve to fill an important gap between the pipeline programs of our Community Engagement Core and other pre-health pipeline programs. We select up to 5 graduates of our pipeline programs to perform biomedical research during the summer after their freshman year of college. These students will be African American and from our designated service area. Many will be first time college attendees. Mentors will be investigators in the COE or other investigators in the University's Health Science Division. Students will be placed in research programs according to their stated areas of interest, their abilities, and the availability of dedicated mentors. The experiences of the students will be monitored by the COE during the summer and an end of summer evaluation of the experience will be completed by each student and mentor. Students will take part in a research methods and ethics series and will be advised on career options and future opportunities for unique programs.
African Americans suffer from a multitude of health disparities, and these disparities result in higher rates of death and disability. To adequately address these significant disparities there needs to be health care providers and researchers from this health disparate group. This core's activities are designed to facilitate the development of African American health disparities researchers and/ or health care providers.
|Icenogle, Marjorie; Eastburn, Sasha; Arrieta, Martha (2016) Katrina's Legacy: Processes for Patient Disaster Preparation Have Improved but Important Gaps Remain. Am J Med Sci 352:455-465|
|Tan, Fang; Mosunjac, Marina; Adams, Amy L et al. (2014) Enhanced down-regulation of ALCAM/CD166 in African-American Breast Cancer. BMC Cancer 14:715|
|Bryan, Valerie; Brye, Willette; Hudson, Kenneth et al. (2014) Investigating health disparities through community-based participatory research: lessons learned from a process evaluation. Soc Work Public Health 29:318-34|
|Shaw, Thomas C (2014) Uncovering health literacy: Developing a remotely administered questionnaire for determining health literacy levels in health disparate populations. J Hosp Adm 3:140-156|
|Fruh, Sharon M; Mulekar, Madhuri S; Hall, Heather R et al. (2013) Meal-Planning Practices with Individuals in Health Disparity Zip Codes. J Nurse Pract 9:344-349|
|Freed, Christopher R; Hansberry, Shantisha T; Arrieta, Martha I (2013) STRUCTURAL AND HIDDEN BARRIERS TO A LOCAL PRIMARY HEALTH CARE INFRASTRUCTURE: AUTONOMY, DECISIONS ABOUT PRIMARY HEALTH CARE, AND THE CENTRALITY AND SIGNIFICANCE OF POWER. Res Sociol Health Care 31:57-81|
|Fruh, Sharon M; Mulekar, Madhuri S; Hall, Heather R et al. (2013) Perspectives of Community Health Advocates: Barriers to Healthy Family Eating Patterns. J Nurse Pract 9:416-421|
|Tan, Fang; Mbunkui, Flaubert; Ofori-Acquah, Solomon F (2012) Cloning of the human activated leukocyte cell adhesion molecule promoter and identification of its tissue-independent transcriptional activation by Sp1. Cell Mol Biol Lett 17:571-85|
|King, Judy A; Tan, Fang; Mbeunkui, Flaubert et al. (2010) Mechanisms of transcriptional regulation and prognostic significance of activated leukocyte cell adhesion molecule in cancer. Mol Cancer 9:266|
|Bruce, Marino A; Beech, Bettina M; Sims, Mario et al. (2009) Social environmental stressors, psychological factors, and kidney disease. J Investig Med 57:583-9|
Showing the most recent 10 out of 15 publications