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Promoting Diversity in Health-Related Research

Environmental Determinants of Autoimmunity among African Americans in Coastal SC.
PI: Diane Kamen; Co-Investigator: Hazel Breland
The major goal is to study the immunological consequences associated with exposure to specific environmental contaminants over time in first-degree relatives of patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, who are known to exhibit an increased risk of developing autoimmune disease themselves.

Reducing Health Disparities

Southeastern Virtual Institute of Equity & Wellness (SE VIEW)
Sponsor: Department of Defense  |  PI: Slaughter; Co-Investigators: Abby Kazley & Kit Simpson
Expanding the existing REACH Telemedicine network and including Community Health Centers (CHC’s) will increase the area of specialty medical coverage to bridge this digital divide and the resulting healthcare chasm to improve health and reduce disparities.

A Program to Increase Living Donations in African Americans
Sponsor: NIH/National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Disease  |  PI: Prabhakar Baliga; Co-Investigators: Abby Kazley & Kit Simpson
The goal of the project is to increase live kidney donation in African Americans (AA) by utilizing (a) educators who are professionally trained to work with AA families, (b) early identification and education of AA donors, and navigation of AA donors by these educators.

Racial/Ethnic Differences in Post-Stroke Outcomes
Sponsor: Veterans Administration  |  PI: Charles Ellis
The objectives of this project (CDA-1) are to use a mixed methods research design to: (1) understand patient-level factors that influence delays in seeking treatment (DST) among veterans with prior history of stroke and (2) determine whether these patient-level factors differ by race-ethnicity. This study is a prospective concurrent mixed methods exploratory design (i.e. the qualitative results of the study will be used to explain previously unexplored quantitative differences in patient-level factors). A cross sectional sample of veteran stroke survivors have been recruited to examine variables of interest (i.e., stroke knowledge/awareness, health literacy, and social support) both qualitatively and quantitatively by race-ethnicity.


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