The UNC-Chapel Hill/Shaw University Comprehensive National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) Research Center

This project builds on the previously funded Carolina-Shaw University Partnership for Health Disparity Research. The NCMHD Center will be organized into three cores. The Administrative Core enhances the comprehensive research center structure developed during the initial Project EXPORT grant period through which the partnership between UNC and Shaw University implements research activities, pilot projects, and community engagement efforts. The Research Core leverages the recently enhanced research infrastructure at Shaw University and the existing research resources by managing three-component research projects and seven pilot projects in an effort to foster research leading to measurable improvements in health disparities. The Community Engagement Core supports and conducts innovative research activities involving the DC2 church network established in the initial grant. This core seeks to know and understand better the components of black churches organizational readiness to engage in research, in particular the kinds of research that are effective for 1) engaging clergy, laity, and faculty in disseminating evidence based interventions and 2) engaging African-American communities and individuals as active participants in the research process.

Principal Investigator: Paul A. Godley, M.D., Ph.D.

Funding Source: National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD), NIH

Total Project Period: 09/30/07 – 05/31/13