Southeast Collaborative

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Southeast Collaborative for Innovative and Equitable Solutions to Chronic Disease Disparities

The burden of chronic disease disparities is most evident among African American and Hispanic/Latino populations in the southeastern United States. To address these pervasive health inequities, the Southeast Collaborative for Innovative and Equitable Solutions to Chronic Disease Disparities (Southeast Collaborative) brings together expertise at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, University of Miami School of Medicine, and Meharry Medical College to collaboratively develop and implement multi-level interventions. The Center partners with communities and leverages advances in technology and data science to reduce risk factors for and disparities in diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and related conditions among African American and Latino populations.

Partner Institutions

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Logo of Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

1211 Med Center Dr.
Nashville, TN 37232
United States

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University of Miami

1120 NW 14th St.
Miami, FL 33136
United States

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Logo of Meharry Medical College

Meharry Medical College

1005 Dr DB Todd Jr. Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37208
United States

Team

Leadership

Leadership

Consuelo Wilkins, MD, MSCI
Principal Investigator (MPI)
Nancy Cox
Principal Investigator (MPI)
Stephania Miller-Hughes, PhD, MS, MSCI
Principal Investigator (MPI)
Roy Weiss, MD, PhD, BS
Principal Investigator (MPI)
Alecia Fair, DrPH
Operations Director

Projects

Project 1

Bryan Heckman, PhD
Principal Investigator
Robert (Lyle) Cooper, PhD
Co-investigator
Hiliary Tindle, MD, MPH
Co-investigator
Guillermo (Willy) Prado, PhD
Co-investigator
Duncan Amegbletor, PhD
Project Manager
Derek Pope, PhD
Project Manager

Project 2

Punjabi Naresh, MD, PhD
Principal Investigator
Ernesto Bernal-Mizrachi, MD
Co-investigator
Shirin Shafazand, MS, MD
Co-investigator
Douglas Wallace, MD
Co-investigator
Phabiola Herrera Aldana, MD
Project Manager

Cores

Administrative

Consuelo Wilkins, MD, MSCI
Director
Jabari Ichimura, BS
Project Manager

Community Engagement

Olveen Carrasquillo, MD, MPH
Director
Leah Alexander, PhD, MPH
Member
Aima Ahonkhai, MD, MPH
Member
Velma McBride Murry, PhD
Member
Carolyn (Carey) Szetela, PhD
Member

Investigator Development

David Haas
Associate Director
William Scott, PhD
Associate Director

Data Harmonization Team

Duncan Amegbletor, PhD
Member
Ernesto Bernal-Mizrachi, MD
Member
Olveen Carrasquillo, MD, MPH
Member
Alex Cheng, PhD
Member
Robert (Lyle) Cooper, PhD
Member
Todd Gary, PhD
Member
Paul Harris, PhD, FACMI, FIAHSI
Member
Bryan Heckman, PhD
Member
Phabiola Herrera Aldana, MD
Member
Fortune Mhlanga, PhD
Member
Stephania Miller-Hughes, PhD, MS, MSCI
Member
Ana Palacio, MD, MPH
Member
Derek Pope, PhD
Member
Guillermo (Willy) Prado, PhD
Member
Punjabi Naresh, MD, PhD
Member
Shirin Shafazand, MS, MD
Member
Hiliary Tindle, MD, MPH
Member
Douglas Wallace, MD
Member
Consuelo Wilkins, MD, MSCI
Member

Evaluation Team

Arthur Blank, PhD
Member
Selena Carpenter, MEd
Member
Ana Palacio, MD, MPH
Member
Anil Shanker, PhD
Member

Community Advisory Board

Claudia Barajas
Member
Keith King
Member
Patricia Dorcius, MCHES, MD, MPH
Member
Lisa Hamilton, PhD
Member
Lilliam Lopez
Member

Working Groups

Common Data Elements & Data Harmonization Working Group

Alex Cheng, PhD
Member
Derek Pope, PhD
Member

Community Engagement Working Group

Olveen Carrasquillo, MD, MPH
Member
Arthur Blank, PhD
Member
Rocio Bustamante, RBT
Member
Ana Palacio, MD, MPH
Member
Selena Carpenter, MEd
Member

Investigator Skills Development Working Group

David Haas
Member
William Scott, PhD
Member

Project Managers Working Group

Jabari Ichimura, BS
Member

Partner Institutions

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Consuelo Wilkins, MD, MSCI
Nancy Cox
Aima Ahonkhai, MD, MPH
Selena Carpenter, MEd
Alex Cheng, PhD
Alecia Fair, DrPH
David Haas
Jabari Ichimura, BS
Paul Harris, PhD, FACMI, FIAHSI
Velma McBride Murry, PhD
Hiliary Tindle, MD, MPH

University of Miami

Roy Weiss, MD, PhD, BS
Alina Kasyanova, MBA
Ernesto Bernal-Mizrachi, MD
Rocio Bustamante, RBT
Olveen Carrasquillo, MD, MPH
Maria Freeman, MIBA
Phabiola Herrera Aldana, MD
Ana Palacio, MD, MPH
Guillermo (Willy) Prado, PhD
Punjabi Naresh, MD, PhD
William Scott, PhD
Shirin Shafazand, MS, MD
Douglas Wallace, MD

Meharry Medical College

Stephania Miller-Hughes, PhD, MS, MSCI
Leah Alexander, PhD, MPH
Duncan Amegbletor, PhD
Robert (Lyle) Cooper, PhD
Maria Freeman, MIBA
Todd Gary, PhD
Bryan Heckman, PhD
Denise Holland, MA
Fortune Mhlanga, PhD
Derek Pope, PhD
Anil Shanker, PhD
Carolyn (Carey) Szetela, PhD