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The Center for Community Health Partnerships (CCHP) begins a Community Engaged Scholars Program

The Center for Community Health Partnerships (CCHP) will begin a Community Engaged Scholars Program in August 2009. This program will provide training, pilot funds, and mentorship for teams consisting of an academic and community partner(s) who have interest in community based participatory research (CBPR). The goal of this program is to increase the capacity of academic community partnerships to conduct research with mutual ownership of the processes and products, and ultimately, improve the health of our communities in South Carolina and beyond.

Six teams were selected by the Community Engaged Scholars to participate in the inaugural year of the program. These teams represent academic disciplines from across the MUSC campus and partners from various community sectors. Listed below are the teams and their topics:

Team 1: “Unmet Health Needs of Individuals with Disabilities” in the Tri-County Area with Susan Newman from MUSC’s College of Nursing and Gwen Gillenwater from the Disability Resource Center.

Team 2: “Importance of Vitamin D as it Relates to Health Status and Disease” consisting of Carol Wagner from the pediatrics department in the College of Medicine at MUSC, along with Joyce Winkler, Gloria Warner and Carolina Rodriguez Cook all from Eau Claire Community Health Center Cooperative.

Team 3:  “Periodontal Disease Prevention in the Gullah Community” with Renata Leite from MUSC’s College of Medicine and Angela Brown from Red Top Improvement Association.

Team 4: “Improving Quality of Life for Children with Severe Disabilities in the LowCountry” consisting of Holly Wise from MUSC’s College of Health Professions and Cindy Dodds from Pattison’s Academy.

Team 5: “Cancer Prevention and Wellness in the Faith-based African-American Community” consisting of team members Kristin Wallace and Katherine Sterba from MUSC Biostatistics, Bioinformatics & Epidemiology department, Debbie Bryant from MUSC’s Hollings Cancer Center and The Rev. Remus Harper from Mt. Carmel African Methodist Episcopal Church and The Rev. Jeannette Jordan with The Christian Disciples of Christ Church.

Team 6: “Youth and Community Suicide Prevention” with Janet Grossman from MUSC College of Nursing and Charlotte Anderson from Trident United Way 211 Hotline.

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