Research

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To address the challenges of health disparities in multiple chronic diseases, our centers are developing and delivering new understandings and intervention approaches for chronic disease prevention, testing, diagnosis, linkage to care, and treatment for affected communities. Our projects range from implementation approaches to community-engaged strategies, and our research network supports multi-directional exchange of data and ideas between each center.

"The same social determinants of health – access to nutritious food, safe housing and quality education - influence disparities in multiple chronic diseases, including hypertension, diabetes, cancer, oral health, and HIV. And those diseases also often interact with one another. The idea is to connect all of those dots."

Stuart Gansky, DrPH, MS
Professor, Oral Epidemiology and Dental Public Health, University of California, San Francisco
Associate Dean for Research, UCSF School of Dentistry, University of California, San Francisco
Lee Hysan Chair of Oral Epidemiology, UCSF School of Dentistry, University of California, San Francisco

Common Data Elements & Data Harmonization Working Group

Research and data managers from each center collaborate in the Common Data Elements & Data Harmonization Working Group (CDE&DH WG). The objective of the CDE&DH WG is to review the compiled information and recommend the required Common Data Elements for all Consortium research projects to collect and the data systems to be used for transferring de-identified data to the Research Coordination Center.

Pilot Studies

In addition to their core research projects, each center also funds and supports pilot projects from early stage investigators. These are managed through the Investigator Skills Development cores.

Resources

NIMHD Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Framework
The NIMHD Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Framework is a multi-dimensional model that depicts a wide array of health determinants relevant to understanding and addressing minority health and health disparities. The framework facilitates assessment of progress, gaps, and opportunities in the NIMHD and NIH minority health and health disparities research portfolios.

PhenX Toolkit
The PhenX Toolkit (consensus measures for Phenotypes and eXposures) provides recommended standard data collection protocols for conducting biomedical research. 

Projects

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UNLOAD-HF
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD
MACCHE: #3
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A Multilevel Intervention to Reduce Disparities in Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Related Cardiometabolic Outcomes
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN
Southeast Collaborative: #2
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Pascal: Culturally Tailored Conversational Agent for Quitting Smoking
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN
C2DREAM: #4
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ACHIEVE Heart Failure (HF)
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI
ACHIEVE GREATER: #2
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Food Delivery, Remote Monitoring, and Coaching-Enhanced Education for Optimized Diabetes Management (FREEDOM)
University of Alabama at Birmingham
South Birmingham, AL
FAC: #3
Cigarette smoking
Black Health Block Quit and Screen Project
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Little Rock, AR
CRHSJ: #4
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Healthy for Two-Home Visiting (H42-HV): Health Coaching for Pregnant Women
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD
MACCHE: #2
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Family, Responsibility, Education, Support, and Health for Latino Caregivers (FRESH-LC)
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
SCCLH: #2
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PTSD Intervention
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL
C3EN: #5
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DASH-Life
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD
MACCHE: #4
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Mi Control! Intervention
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
SCCLH: #4
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ACHIEVE Coronary Heart Disease (CHD)
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI
ACHIEVE GREATER: #3
Healthy Immigrant Community cohort
Healthy Immigrant Community: Mobilizing the Power of Social Networks
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN
C2DREAM: #1
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Intervention to iMProve AdherenCe Equitably (IMPACT)
Columbia University Health Sciences
New York, NY
COMMUNITY: #3
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BP REACH: Blood Pressure disparities Reduction, Equity, and Access among safety net patients with Cardiovascular Health risk
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
UC-END DISPARITIES: #1