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  • Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center (TCC) for Health Disparities: Informing & Influencing Health Policy and Practice
    Funding Source: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)
    PI: David Satcher, MD, PhD
    Deputy PI: Elizabeth Ofili, MD, MPH

    Program Overview

    The Satcher Health Leadership Institute (SHLI) at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) proposes to lead a Health Policy Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center (TCC) for Health Disparities Research, with the unifying theme of a comprehensive and meaningful approach to the development, advancement, and implementation of health policy that harnesses the power of collaboration to bolster innovation, cost reduction, and health equity. The SHLI TCC proposes transformative health policy goals that will positively impact and sustain health equity across our regional transdisciplinary collaborative, with the ultimate goal of the SHLI emerging as the preeminent, national health policy center focused on innovation, cost reduction and health equity; emerging as the 'collaborator of choice' in leading-edge health policy research focused on health equity; train the next generation of leaders in health policy research and expand the diversity of the health policy workforce. SHLI TCC and its partners across HHS Region IV, will significantly impact the health outcomes of participating communities through policy development and implementation.

    Sub-Project #1
    To effectively reduce and ultimately eliminate disparities the Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center (TCC) will engage nine states’ members of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Action Institute (REHDAI) to evaluate the extent to which the outcomes of quality parenting impacts healthy child development, and how state and local policies ensure that every child receives quality parenting and early child development through supportive programs and public service delivery systems with community participation in decision-making.

    Sub-Project #2
    This research study seeks to add to the existing, yet limited body of literature concerning integrated healthcare models to help address one of the most deleterious mental disorders, depression and selected co-occurring chronic health conditions. The ultimate goal is to help to reduce health and mental health disparities, improve health equity, and enhance the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities.

    Sub-Project #3
    This research study will use shared learning to enhance academic/community partnerships by leveraging Health Information Technology (HIT) to develop, inform, and implement public policies impacting health disparities relative to healthcare quality improvement, including insurance, delivery and payment system reforms, health promotion and disease prevention, appropriate data collection and reporting, and comparative effectiveness research based on the health equity agenda of the Affordable Care Act.

    Sub-Project #4
    This study proposes to understand, share, and implement effective strategies and techniques for training leaders, from a cross section of the community with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and positions, in health policy to address the elimination of health disparities and achieve health equity. In order to develop, implement, and change health policy to address disparities in health, leaders need to be equipped with the necessary knowledge, skills, and experiences. Currently, health policy leadership training opportunities focused on the elimination of health disparities are limited and the impact of such training programs on health policies and health disparities is unknown. This project is designed to help gain a greater understanding of the role health policy leadership programs play in the quest to eliminate health disparities.