News Release: University News

Apr. 13,  2010

Emory, Morehouse School of Medicine Award Grants to Community Organizations for Health Research

Four community-based organizations have received $60,000 in funding from Emory University and the Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) to facilitate health initiatives and research in community settings.

The Community Engagement and Research Program (CERP) is a core component of the Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute (ACTSI), a collaborative effort of Emory, MSM and the Georgia Institute of Technology.

The CERP, co-led by the Emory Prevention Research Center and MSM, aims to engage community organizations in the research process to speed the translation of research from academic findings into practical application.

The community-based organizations that will receive funding include:

  • Atlanta-based AIDS Alliance for Faith and Health (AAFH) - The mission of the Alliance is to enhance the quality of life and extend long-term survival for people living with HIV. AAFH's proposed research will identify effective case-management interventions that would re-engage individuals into services and reach those who refuse treatment or who are unaware of their HIV status.
  • Atlanta Lesbian Health Initiative (ALHI) - ALHI's mission is to improve the health and well-being of lesbians and other members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) and Queer community through education, advocacy, support and access to care. ALHI's proposed research will tackle breast cancer prevention in LGBT populations or tobacco prevention and control.
  • Doraville, Ga.-based BPSOS - The mission of BPSOS is to empower, organize and equip Vietnamese individuals and communities in their pursuit of liberty and dignity. The BPSOS proposed research seeks to identify the motivational and prohibitive factors that shape Hepatitis B screening, vaccination and treatment behaviors among members of the Vietnamese community.
  • Albany, Ga.-based Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital - The hospital provides clinical research capabilities to the communities of southwest Georgia. The proposed research aims to increase patient understanding of informed consent for clinical trials.

"The Collaborative Research Capacity Grants Program seeks to bridge a gap between the academy and the community," says Michelle Kegler, DrPH, MPH, director of the Emory Prevention Research Center and associate professor of behavioral sciences and health education at Emory's Rollins School of Public Health.

"We see these grants as an opportunity to pair community organizations with academic researchers around questions and topics of interest to both parties. By making these matches, we can ensure the resulting research projects are answering questions of interest to the community."

The capacity-building grants are made possible as part of a $600,000 grant award from the National Center for Research Resources at the National Institutes of Health, issued under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

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