Southeast Collaborative for Innovative and Equitable Solutions to Chronic Disease Disparities

Exterior of Vanderbilt University Medical Center

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 (SCIESCD) 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

  • Consuelo Wilkins, MD, MSCI
    Principal Investigator (MPI)
    Director, Administrative Core
    Member, Data Harmonization Team
    Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Nancy Cox, PhD
    Principal Investigator (MPI)
    Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Stephania Miller-Hughes, PhD, MS, MSCI
    Principal Investigator (MPI)
    Member, Data Harmonization Team
    Meharry Medical College
  • Roy Weiss, MD, PhD
    Principal Investigator (MPI)
    University of Miami Health System
  • Alecia Fair, DrPH
    Operations Director
    Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Jabári Ichimura
    Project Manager, Administrative Core
    Member, Project Managers Working Group
    Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Alina Kasyanova, MBA
    Project Manager
    University of Miami Health System
  • Ana Palacio, MD MPH
    Member, Evaluation Team
    Member, Data Harmonization Team

    University of Miami Health System
  • Arthur Blank, PhD
    Member, Evaluation Team
    Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Anil Shanker, PhD
    Member, Evaluation Team
    Meharry Medical College
  • Selena Carpenter, MEd
    Project Manager
    Member, Evaluation Team

    Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Fortune Mhlanga, PhD
    Member, Data Harmonization Team
    Meharry Medical College
  • Todd Gary, PhD
    Member, Data Harmonization Team 
    Meharry Medical College
  • Olveen Carrasquillo, MD, MPH
    Director, Community Engagement Core
    Member, Data Harmonization Team
    University of Miami Health System
  • Paul Harris, PhD, FACMI, FIAHSI
    Member, Data Harmonization Team
    Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Alex Cheng, PhD
    Member, Common Data Elements & Data Harmonization Working Group
    Member, Data Harmonization Team

    Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Bryan Heckman, PhD
    Principal Investigator, Project 1
    Member, Data Harmonization Team
    Meharry Medical College
  • Robert Lyle Cooper, PhD
    Co-Investigator, Project 1
    Member, Data Harmonization Team
    Meharry Medical College
  • Hiliary Tindle, MD, MPH
    Co-Investigator, Project 1
    Member, Data Harmonization Team
    Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Guillermo (Willy) Prado, PhD
    Co-Investigator, Project 1
    Member, Data Harmonization Team
    University of Miami Health System
  • Duncan Amegbletor, PhD
    Project Manager, Project 1
    Member, Data Harmonization Team 
    Meharry Medical College
  • Derek Pope, PhD
    Project Manager, Project 1
    Member, Common Data Elements & Data Harmonization Working Group
    Member, Data Harmonization Team

    Meharry Medical College
  • Naresh Punjabi, MD, PhD
    Principal Investigator, Project 2
    Member, Data Harmonization Team
    University of Miami Health System
  • Ernesto Bernal-Mizrachi, MD
    Co-Investigator, Project 2
    Member, Data Harmonization Team
    University of Miami Health System
  • Shirin Shafazand, MD, MS
    Co-Investigator, Project 2
    Member, Data Harmonization Team
    University of Miami Health System
  • Douglas Wallace, MD
    Co-Investigator, Project 2
    Member, Data Harmonization Team
    University of Miami Health System
  • Phabiola Herrera Aldana, MD
    Project Manager, Project 2
    Member, Data Harmonization Team
    University of Miami Health System
  • Leah Alexander, PhD, MPH
    Member, Community Engagement Core
    Meharry Medical College
  • Carolyn (Carey) Szetela, PhD
    Member, Community Engagement Core
    Meharry Medical College
  • Velma McBride Murry, PhD
    Member, Community Engagement Core
    Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Aima Ahonkhai, MD, MPH
    Member, Community Engagement Core
    Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Rocío Bustamante, RBT
    Project Manager
    Member, Community Engagement Working Group
    University of Miami Health System
  • Claudia Barajas
    Member, Community Advisory Board
  • Lisa Hamilton, PhD
    Member, Community Advisory Board
  • Keith King
    Member, Community Advisory Board
  • Lilliam Lopez
    Member, Community Advisory Board
  • Patricia Dorcius, MD, MPH, MCHES
    Member, Community Advisory Board
  • William Scott, PhD
    Associate Director, Investigator Development Core
    University of Miami Health System
  • David Haas, MD
    Associate Director, Investigator Development Core
    Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Denise Holland, MA
    Project Manager
    Meharry Medical College
  • Maria Freeman, MIBA
    Project Manager
    University of Miami Health System
    Meharry Medical College
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Org chart for the Southeast Collaborative for Innovative and Equitable Solutions to Chronic Disease Disparities