Center For Health Disparities Research
Sea Island Project
The Sea Island Project (SIP)
The Center has put together a working group to develop a research program that would focus on and address health disparities among the Sea Island population of South Carolina. This project called the “Sea Island Project” will be a community-based intervention study, which will be conceptually built around obesity and the metabolic syndrome. It will be designed to study epidemiologic, behavioral, cultural, environmental, and genetic factors that influence health outcomes across racial/ethnic groups including African Americans, Whites, and Hispanics. The overarching objective of the Sea Island Project (SIP) is to provide a community- based cohort comprised of Whites, African Americans, and Hispanics in the Tri-County area for epidemiologic and interventions studies to eliminate health disparities in South Carolina. Based on burden of illness, an appropriate unifying disease focus appears to be obesity/metabolic syndrome. Preliminary disease conditions to be addressed under this framework include cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, lipid disorders, and osteoarthritis. The working group has been meeting monthly with the goal of submitting a proposal by October 2007.