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Health Disparities Research Group

Working Together on Health Disparities


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September 2016 Meeting Minutes Ms. Sarah Wraight, graduate research assistant with the Center for Healthy Communities and Master’s candidate in the department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work, together with Ms. Candis Patterson, Health Education Specialist with the Center for Healthy Communities, presented “Will they stay or will they go? Long term commitment to a community health advocacy program.” The presentation was based on a poster presentation given by Ms. Wraight, Dr. Roma Hanks, and Ms. Patterson at the Women’s Health Update Conference held at UAB in August. Dr. Hanks, who was unable to attend the HDRG meeting, has directed the CHA work for several years and designed the project methodology used for the research presented in the poster. The team conducted interviews with the several of the longest serving and currently active Community Health Advocates (CHAs). Their study identified the key factors that allowed this group of CHAs to continue working with the Center for Healthy Communities through the more than 10 years. September 16, 2016 
September 2015 Meeting Minutes Lessons Learned from the 2015 NIMHD Health Disparities Course Presentation by Dr. Diego Alvarez September 18, 2015 
October 2016 HDRG Meeting Minutes A multidisciplinary team of faculty, staff, and students shared their experiences as founders and participants Project Homeless Connect (PHC). This annual one day even provides various resources including medical services, legal services, dental and vision screenings, and access to housing assistance to the health disparate population of homeless individuals and families in Mobile and Baldwin counties. The team from USA coordinates and provides all medical screenings and clinical services offered at the event.  October 21, 2016 
October 2015 HDRG Meeting Minutes Discussions included an overview of the UAB Community Engagement Institute held on October 1 and an overview of a 5 year plan for a USA CBPR hub October 16, 2015 
November 2015 HDRG Meeting Minutes Presentation by Michael Gunter, 3 rd year Medical Student, UAB Summer Research Program Participant, “Promoting a Healthy Lifestyle in People with Disabilities or Obesity” November 20, 2015 
May 2016 Meeting Minutes Several Center for Healthy Communities team members attended the Campus Community Partnerships Conference 2016 in New Orleans, LA on May 11-14. Shannon Shelley-Tremblay (Project Manager) , Dr. Roma Hanks (Co-Core Director-Community Outreach), Naima Wells (Research Coordinator), Marcellus Hudson (Research Technician II), Sherron Dortch (Senior Research Apprentice), and Lynette Parker (Research Assistant) presented on sessions they attended and the value of their participation in the conference. May 20, 2016 
March 2016 HDRG Meeting Minutes Presentation by Dr. Kimberly Littlefield, Assistant Vice President for Research Development and Learning at USA: Lessons from an NIMHD CBPR RFA Review Process – Elements of Successful Proposals: Dr. Littlefield presented on her March 18, 2016 
February 2017 HDRG Meeting Minutes “Results from the USA Medical Center and USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital’s Community Health Needs Assessment” (T. Shaw, J. Bunch) Dr. Thomas Shaw, a founding member of HDRG, and Dr. Jaclyn Bunch, also a member of HDRG, are professors in the USA Department of Political Science who study health policy. Additionally, Dr. Shaw is the Director of the USA Polling Group/Survey Research Center. In 2016 they were contracted by The USAMC and Children’s and Women’s Hospital to lead the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA)-- the IRS mandated assessment which must be conducted by all US nonprofit hospital systems every three years. The team included a community based survey in which 200 community members were randomly selected for a telephone survey (both landline and cell phone). Another 200 community members were selected from the USA Health System’s patient population. The study methodology included the development of a demographic profile using secondary data sources with cross comparisons with the state of Alabama and the US and the telephone survey of community members. February 17, 2017 
February 2016 HDRG Meeting Minutes Presentation by Emily Blejwas, Executive Director & Danny K. Patterson, Coordinator of Collaborations & Partnerships, The Gulf Coast Health Policy Center. February 19, 2016 
April 2016 HDRG Meeting Notes Presentation by the CHC Research Office on the Research Apprenticeship Experience and an overview of REDCap by Clista Clanton April 15, 2016 
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