Community Coalition Board Leadership | Community Values | Research  & Evaluation

Community Partnerships

awardMSM PRC is governed by a Community Coalition Board (CCB), which was established in 1999. It operates under bylaws that were created shortly after the PRC was established. Subsequently, the board articulated its values and priorities. MSM PRC CCB serves as a policy-making board for the PRC – not an “advisory board.” The Board is comprised of a representative from each of our community partners, categorized as: academic institutions, agencies, and community neighborhoods. To the original MSM PRC partner community – Neighborhood Planning Unit Y (NPU-Y), we have added three southeast Atlanta partner communities contiguous to NPU-Y: NPUs V, X, and Z. Each of the appointees represent their neighborhood organizations, and community neighborhoods represent the majority Board membership.

The role of the CCB is to:  (a) set policy and oversee the operations of the center; (b) identify priorities and approve projects; (c) provide information on Center activities to the organizations and agencies represented on the Board; and (d) develop a strategic plan by which the Center may achieve its long-term objectives.

awardwinnersMSM PRC is often recognized as a national leader for the implementation of effective community based participatory research with the community.  At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) 20th anniversary of the National PRC Program in 2005, MSM PRC received the Award for Excellence in Community-Based Research for its Community Coalition Board.  In 2010, the Healthcare Georgia Foundation awarded MSM PRC the Joseph D. Greene Community Service Award for continued extraordinary commitment to improving the quality of health and healthcare of those we serve.


The Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness Partners with Morehouse School of Medicine Prevention Research Center to Evaluate its

Partnership for Improving Community Health Project

Partnership assesses efforts to reduce chronic diseases, promote healthier lifestyles, reduce health disparities and control health care spending in Atlanta

ATLANTA – March 30, 2015 Morehouse School of Medicine Prevention Research Center (MSM PRC) and the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness (FCDHW) have partnered to evaluate the county’s Partnership for Improving Community Health (PICH) project, established to lead Atlanta public health efforts to reduce chronic diseases, promote healthier lifestyles, reduce health disparities and control health care spending.  The PICH is a part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) $50.3 million commitment to 39 local health agencies, funded through a cooperative agreement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“We are clear that cardiovascular risk and cancer disparities are connected to social determinants of health and the policies, systems and environments that may support or counter healthy lifestyles,” said Dr. Tabia Henry Akintobi, Principal Investigator and Center Director, MSM PRC.

For a three year period (2014-2017), Fulton County’s PICH award will annually fund $2.97 million to focus on promoting smoke-free policies, increasing access to tobacco-free environments and increasing access to physical activity. It is during this period that they will invest $900,000 in MSM PRC evaluation of their PICH initiatives.  These evaluation efforts will be led by Tabia Henry Akintobi, PhD, MPH, Latrice Rollins, PhD, MSW and a team of evaluation staff. 

“Our collaboration with Fulton County will provide the evidence-base necessary to document outcomes of this groundbreaking work.  Evaluation of this program will adopt a community-based approach to assess strategies designed to reduce tobacco use and exposure and physical inactivity,” says Dr. Henry Akintobi.

National PICH awardees will include those designed to address risk factors for tobacco use, poor nutrition, and physical inactivity all in which are major causes of death and disability in the United States. Awardees will serve in one of three different areas: 13 large cities/urban counties with populations of 500, 000 or more; 20 small cities/counties with populations between 50,000-499,999; and six American Indian tribes/tribal organizations.

Established in 1998, MSM PRC is a part of a twenty-six academic research centers network funded by CDC to achieve local and national health objectives focused on gaining knowledge about the best methodologies for solving the nation’s obstinate health problems.

For additional information about evaluation of this program contact the MSM PRC office at 404-752-1022 or  For more information about the FCDHW’s PICH initiative, contact Dr. Nazeera Dawood at 404-613-1685 or via email at

About Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM)

Founded in 1975, MSM is among the nation's leading educators of primary care physicians and was recognized by Annals of Internal Medicine in 2011 as the top institution in the first study of U.S. medical schools for our social mission based on our production of primary care physicians, training of underrepresented minority doctors and placement of doctors practicing in underserved communities. Our faculty and alumni are noted for excellence in teaching, research and public policy, as well as exceptional patient care.

Morehouse School of Medicine is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award doctoral and master's degrees. For more information, please visit