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Forge AHEAD Center

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The mission of the Forge AHEAD 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 Forge AHEAD 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

Leadership

Leadership

Andrea Cherrington, MD, MPH
Principal Investigator (MPI)

Projects

Project 1

Project 2

Project 3 | FREEDOM

Cores

Administrative

Andrea Cherrington, MD, MPH
Director

Working Groups

Investigator Skills Development Working Group

Robert Newton Jr., PhD
Member