Meharry Medical College-Community Health Centers Network
The goal of the Meharry Medical College-Community Health Centers Network is to reduce cancer health disparities among African Americans through community-based participatory research, education, and training in three urban communities in Tennessee (Nashville, Chattanooga, and Memphis). In the project's first year, an umbrella coalition of organizations and individuals will create plans for collaborative community networking activities and develop an infrastructure to facilitate research in the target population.
Meharry Medical College1 will serve as the Coordinating Center, supported by a Steering Committee and three Regional Committees. These committees will be advised by representatives of the target population who are knowledgeable about the cancer problems in their communities. Collaborations will be initiated with academic institutions, government agencies, and other key organizations that can contribute to the development and implementation of high-quality research methods. A Logic Model has been developed to provide operational guidelines across all sites. Training in community-based, participatory research (as well as other research methods) will be provided at all levels of personnel, including junior minority investigators. In later phases of the project, funding will be sought to sustain credible large-scale programs.
- Meharry Medical College offers a supportive environment for the conduct of community-based projects, placing special emphasis on providing opportunities for African Americans, other ethnic minorities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. The college is committed to the delivery of high-quality, patient-oriented health services and to the conduct of research that fosters improved health outcomes and the elimination of health disparities.