The Faith-Academic Initiatives for Transforming Health (FAITH) in the Delta will bring together academics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Science (UAMS) (Colleges of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing) and community faith leaders and organizations in two counties in the Delta (Jefferson and Phillips Counties), one ofthe most economically disadvantaged areas of the county. Building on previous community-academic partnerships, the project will involve sharing "best practices" methods (developed in previous partnered work) across counties and moving forward a planning process for a new intervention in each of the two counties. Using a "pure" concept of CBPR, community experts will select a health area for intervention and will be matched with UAMS academics experts who can provide guidance. Community members will receive education about health policy related to their chosen health area and academics will receive training from community experts about partnered research.

Public Health Relevance

Rural African Americans suffer a "double dose" of health disparities related to both race and rural residency. Disparities are especially severe in the Arkansas Delta region, which is disproportionally affected by poverty. This planning project will build upon longstanding community-academic partnerships to plan for health interventions in two Delta counties (Jefferson and Phillips counties). "Best practices" will be disseminated across counties.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)
Type
Resource-Related Research Projects (R24)
Project #
5R24MD007923-02
Application #
8585879
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZMD1-RN (07))
Program Officer
Dankwa-Mullan, Irene
Project Start
2013-01-01
Project End
2015-12-31
Budget Start
2014-01-01
Budget End
2014-12-31
Support Year
2
Fiscal Year
2014
Total Cost
$303,364
Indirect Cost
$78,395
Name
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Department
Public Health & Prev Medicine
Type
Schools of Public Health
DUNS #
122452563
City
Little Rock
State
AR
Country
United States
Zip Code
72205