Funded Initiatives and Collaborations
Core Research Project: HIV/AIDS Prevention Program for Youth
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. The PRC theme 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, "A Multi-Method Approach to STI and HIV/AIDS Prevention among Urban Minority Youth," will implement a STI and HIV/AIDS prevention intervention with 384 youths ages 14-18, residing the Neighborhood Planning Units serviced by the Prevention Research Center. It also aims to address evidence gaps in the intervention research and analysis, such as 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.
Special Interest Project: 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 Managing Epilepsy Well Network products (i.e., Project UPLIFT, Self-Management Instrument, & WebEase) in Atlanta and around Georgia.
The research goals 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, (MSM) 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.
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 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 program evaluation, funded through the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness, is to assess the implementation of evidence- and practice-based strategies to address tobacco use and exposure, poor nutrition, physical inactivity, lack of access to chronic disease prevention, and risk reduction and management in Fulton County.
Morehouse School of Medicine Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Health Initiative: Transforming Metropolitan Atlanta Communities through Prevention, Primary Care Linkages and Policy Change
This comprehensive implementation grant partners the MSM Prevention Research Center with the Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Georgia State University 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/
- 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.
The Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute’s Community Engagement Research Program
The Atlanta Clinical & Translational Science Institute 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 and Georgia Institute of Technology - to form the ACTSI. CERP is led by MSM and 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 MSM and Emory’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 that 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
- 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 Stephens, MD, (Emory) is ACTSI principal investigator and Elizabeth Ofili, MD, MPH, (MSM) is co-principal investigator. Tabia Henry Akintobi, PhD, MPH, (MSM) is CERP director and Michelle Kegler, DrPH, MPH, (Emory) is CERP co-director.