Deep South Center for Health Equity

Exterior shot of UAB Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama

The mission of the Deep South Center for Health Equity (Deep South Center) is to promote health equity and reduce the burden of cardiometabolic diseases, including obesity, diabetes, and hypertension, among Black Americans and low-income populations in our tri-state region (i.e., Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana). The Center represents a partnership between the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Tuskegee University, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, and the University of Mississippi Medical Center, along with regional non-academic partners to translate and sustain cardiometabolic research in real-world community and clinical settings. The Deep South Center is focused on expanding and diversifying the region’s research workforce, promoting equitable collaborations between researchers and non-academic partners, and advancing scientific discovery through synergistic research projects focused on multi-level, multi-domain interventions for the prevention, treatment, and management of cardiometabolic diseases in the Deep South.

Partner Institutions

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University of Alabama at Birmingham

1717 11th Ave.
South Birmingham, AL 35205
United States

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Pennington Biomedical Research Center

6400 Perkins Rd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
United States

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Tuskegee University

1200 W. Montgomery Rd.
Tuskegee, AL 36088
United States

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University of Mississippi Medical Center

2500 North State St.
Jackson, MS 39216
United States

Team

  • Andrea Cherrington, MD, MPH
    Principal Investigator (MPI)
    Director, Administrative Core
    University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Gareth Dutton, PhD
    Principal Investigator (MPI)
    Co-Director, Administrative Core
    University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Orlando Gutierrez, MD
    Principal Investigator (MPI)
    Co-Director, Investigator Development Core
    University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Peter Katzmarzyk, PhD, FTOS
    Site Principal Investigator
    Principal Investigator, Project 2: Improving Weight Loss and Cardiometabolic Risk in Black Primary Care Patients with Obesity and Diabetes
    Pennington Biomedical Research Center
    Louisiana State University
  • Clayton Yates, PhD
    Site Principal Investigator
    Co-Director, Investigator Development Core
    Tuskegee University
  • April P. Carson, PhD, MSPH
    Co-Site Principal Investigator
    University of Mississippi Medical Center
  • Caroline E. Compretta, PhD
    Co-Site Principal Investigator
    University of Mississippi Medical Center
  • Monica Baskin, PhD
    Principal Investigator, Project 1: Community-Based Strategies to Reduce Cardiometabolic Disease in the Deep South
  • Angela Duck, PhD, RN
    Subcontract PI, Project 1: Community-Based Strategies to Reduce Cardiometabolic Disease in the Deep South
    University of Mississippi Medical Center
  • Norma Dawkins, PhD
    Subcontract PI, Project 1: Community-Based Strategies to Reduce Cardiometabolic Disease in the Deep South
    Tuskegee University
  • Jaimie Richards, PhD, BS, BA
    Project Coordinator, Project 1: Community-Based Strategies to Reduce Cardiometabolic Disease in the Deep South
    University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Eboni Price-Haywood, MD, MPH, FACP
    Principal Investigator (MPI), Project 2: Improving Weight Loss and Cardiometabolic Risk in Black Primary Care Patients with Obesity and Diabetes
    Ochsner Health
  • Kara Denstel, PhD, MPH BS
    Project Coordinator, Project 2: Improving Weight Loss and Cardiometabolic Risk in Black Primary Care Patients with Obesity and Diabetes
    Pennington Biomedical Research Center
  • Jewel Harden-Barrios
    Project Coordinator, Project 2: Improving Weight Loss and Cardiometabolic Risk in Black Primary Care Patients with Obesity and Diabetes
    Ochsner Health
  • Michael Hall, MD
    Principal Investigator (MPI), Project 3: Food delivery, Remote monitoring, and coaching-Enhanced EDucation for Optimized diabetes Management (FREEDOM)
    University of Mississippi Medical Center
  • Tapan Mehta, PhD
    Principal Investigator, Project 3: Food delivery, Remote monitoring, and coaching-Enhanced EDucation for Optimized diabetes Management (FREEDOM)
    University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Tejossy John, MPH, BS
    Project Coordinator, Project 3: Food delivery, Remote monitoring, and coaching-Enhanced EDucation for Optimized diabetes Management (FREEDOM)
    University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Trudi Horton, PhD
    Program Director, Investigator Development Core
    University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Michael Welsch, PhD
    Member, 
    Investigator Skills Development Working Group
    University of Mississippi Medical Center
  • Robert L. Newton, Jr., PhD
    Member, 
    Investigator Skills Development Working Group
    Pennington Biomedical Research Center
  • Caroline Compretta, PhD
    Co-Director, Community Engagement Core
    University of Mississippi Medical Center
  • Vivian Carter, PhD
    Member, Community Engagement Working Group
    Tuskegee University
  • Paul Muntner, PhD
    Member, Common Data Elements & Data Harmonization Working Group
    University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Amy Dobelstein
    Program Manager (Communications), Administrative Core
    University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • April Agne, MPH
    Program Director, Administrative Core
    University of Alabama at Birmingham