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February - March, 2015

Welcome to the Community Engagement e-Newsletter, a resource provided by the South Carolina Clinical and Translational Research Center for Community Health Partnerships (SCTR/CCHP). The purpose of this newsletter is to facilitate the exchange and dissemination of health and related research information between academic and community partners.

Dr. Adebowale Odulana & Dana Mitchel

Community Spotlight

Community-Engaged Scholars Community/Academic Partnership
Lowcountry Food Bank

Partners: Dana Mitchel and Dr. Adebowale Odulana

Key Organizations/Partnership Personnel: Dana Mitchel, Lowcountry Food Bank
Adebowale Odulana, MUSC Department of Pediatrics

Click here to learn more about their partnership.

News & Announcements

James E. Clyburn Health Disparities Lecture - Call for Abstracts The poster session at the 8th Annual James E. Clyburn Health Disparities Lecture will showcase health disparities research and practice being conducted by faculty, staff, and students at the University of South Carolina. Abstracts submitted by individuals from other academic institutions and community organizations describing their efforts to eliminate health disparities are also welcomed. This poster session is an opportunity for individuals to share their health disparities research and practice with others who are ready to Pass the Torch, Re-ignite the Flame: Approach Health Disparities with Passion beyond Commitment". Abstract submission deadline: March 27, 2015 to be considered for the poster session as well as the new investigator and student awards. Abstracts accepted after the deadline but before April 3, 2015 will only be included in the printed program booklet unless otherwise indicated on the abstract submission form. For more information or to submit an abstract visit
Coastal Cultures Conference 2015Coastal Cultures Conference 2015 The 2015 Coastal Cultures Conference will be held at the Hunting Island Nature Center on Saturday, March 14, from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm. This interactive environmental sustainability and cultural education conference is themed De Wata da We: Gullah/Geechee Sustainability. Each year the event is sponsored and hosted by the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition, the Gullah/Geechee Angel Network, the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Committee of Northeast Florida, and the Gullah/Geechee Sustainability Think Tank. This year these sponsors are being joined by the Nature Conservancy, the Union of Concerned Scientists, South Carolina Sea Grant, MUSCLE (MUSC Lupus Erythematosus group) and the MUSC Department of Public Health Sciences. Presentations throughout the day will focus on Gullah/Geechee waterway traditions, protection of cultural heritage in the face of climate change, community engagement and collaboration, and seafood safety and public health. Gullah/Geechee fishing techniques will be demonstrated and Gullah/Geechee cuisine will be served. There will also be books, CDs, DVS, and Gullah/Geechee craft items for sale. The day will conclude with oyster shell bagging for an oyster reef rebuild. The conference is open to the public, but space is limited. Advance registration is required, click here to register. For more information, visit or email
Bernie Mazyck

     Bernie Mazyck
SCTR CAB Meeting Held The third MUSC Translational Research Community Advisory Board (TR-CAB) had a successful third quarterly meeting on January 30th, 2015 and was well attended by both community TR-CAB members and SCTR staff. Drs. Kathleen Brady and Cathy Melvin highlighted the impact of the TR-CAB community engagement recommendations to the recent Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) application and shared the submitted plan for the evolution of the Community Engagement Program. Bernie Mazyck, TR-CAB member and President and CEO of the South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development (SCACED), presented his experience with the role of community development in translational research through his work with SCACED. This dynamic presentation spurred a rich discussion, including what TR-CAB member organizations are now doing in relation to community development and translational research and how they can develop shared agendas and activities going forward. We look forward to our next meeting in April to continue the discussion and creating opportunities to take action.
MUSC Coastal Connections Much conversation in the health care industry today focuses on health determinates, non-medical resources, or biological characteristics that influence a person's health. Often, a person's health determinates greatly influence their visits to medical care services. Coastal Connections is a program located in the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) that aims to solve issues caused by some health determinates, such as homelessness or lack of adequate food. Housed under the Case Management & Care Transitions Department, Coastal Connections is a free, volunteer-based program that links the underserved in MUSC hospitals and clinics to local resources. Coastal Connections works with community partners to help secure food, housing, clothing, healthcare and more. The program aims to remedy social and economic problems caused by health determinates by matching clients with the appropriate community resources. These resources, in turn, have the potential to improve clients' health and overall quality of life. Client referrals can be made to Coastal Connections by emailing or by calling 843.792.3992.
Diabetes Prevention Program Recruitment We need your help! MUSC would like to invite you to participate in a research study, which will evaluate a 24-week diabetes prevention weight-loss program. The purpose of the research study is to: Understand ways to prevent sugar diabetes, share tailored nutritional information, provide physical activity action plans, and help you lose weight. Feel free to share this information with a friend or family member who may be interested. Compensation will be provided. Click for flyer. For more information, call 843.792.1418.

Funding Opportunities

SCALE The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has awarded a grant to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement to help communities develop capacity to improve health and spread effective community-driven approaches to help build a culture of health.  Spreading Community Accelerators through Learning and Evaluation (SCALE) is an essential part of the 100 Million Healthier Lives Initiatives directly aimed at helping communities substantially accelerate their health improvement journey. Twenty pacesetter communities will be selected to participate in this 20-month, intensive "learning and doing" program designed to assist communities to achieve unprecedented results in improving the health and well-being of people, populations, and the community at large. For more information, visit .
Cooking Matters at the Store Funding is available for Share our Strengths' Cooking Matters at the Store tours. The minimum grant request is $2,500 to reach 250 participants, and there is no maximum grant amount. Participants learn how to read food labels, compare unit prices, find whole grains, and identify ways to purchase produce. For more information, visit the Cooking Matters website at

Upcoming Events

11th Annual Betty Cannon Golf Tournament Respite Care Charleston's 11th Annual Betty Cannon Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, March 16th at Crooked Oaks Golf Course on Seabrook Island. Following completion of play, please join us in the Atlantic Ballroom at the Seabrook Island Club for a casual dinner during the awards event. Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are available. For more information, visit the Charleston Respite Care website at

Upcoming Conferences

Chronic Disease Prevention Symposium The 13th Annual Chronic Disease Symposium titled Professional Collaboration for Chronic Disease Managment: Innovative Approaches will be held March 13-14, 2015 in Myrtle Beach, SC. Target audience for this symposium is physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, registered dieticians, nurses, social workers, CHES, and MCHES. For more information or to register, contact Sarah Smith at 803.898.1646 or email
2015 Translational Science Meeting Mark your calendars for the Annual Translational Science 2015 Meeting to be held April 16-18, 2015 in Washington, DC. This year's meeting focuses on engagement opportunities with leaders and peers, and important messages from plenary speakers. Offered educational sessions are designed to provide information on the latest translational science information. For more information or to register, visit

Features and Articles

Community Spotlight

Community Engaged Scholars Community/Academic Partnership
Lowcountry Food Bank

Dr. Adebowale Odulana & Dana Mitchel                                          Dana Mitchel and Dr. Adebowale Odulana

Key Organizations/Partnership Personnel: Dana Mitchel, Lowcountry Food Bank
Adebowale Odulana, MUSC Department of Pediatrics
Geographical Area of Service - 10-county Service Area: Charleston, Dorchester, Berkeley, Beaufort, Jasper, Colleton, Hampton, Horry, Georgetown, and Williamsburg counties
Mission of Partnership: We are collaborating because of our shared interest in obesity prevention and underserved populations. This partnership provides a unique opportunity for us both to combine our resources to improve health in vulnerable youth within the community. Additionally, an important impetus for our collaboration is building community capacity and health promotion in disadvantaged populations.
Partnership Facts: Our partnership began in January 2014 and our current healthy living communities project will be our first collaborative effort. We are excited and honored to have this opportunity.
What is the Topic/Area of Concern Addressed by your Partnership? We are interested in promoting physical activity and healthy eating in at-risk youth for obesity prevention through the family unit.
What Service/s does your Partnership Provide? We provide health education about physical activity and healthy eating for families.
What are Priorities of your Partnership? We desire to empower the families and build community capacity to support physical activity and healthy eating in families at greatest risk.
Who is the Target Audience/Population Served? We focus on parents and children at increased risk for obesity due to economic and social factors.
What is the Current Focus of your Partnership? Programs/projects, training, education, etc. We will focus on the input from at-risk parents and children so that we can better reflect the desires of the community that we serve regarding obesity prevention and healthy living.
Does your Partnership Collaborate with other Organizations/Partnerships (local, regional, national)? We collaborate with Trident United Way and their Links to Success program, which combines and coordinates core services of behavioral health, financial stability, and access to food assistance to increase school graduation, reduce poverty, and improve health. Through this partnership we are able to connect with students and families that have access to a baseline of services.
What are the Current Needs of your Partnership? We hope to expand our relationships with other community-based organizations and schools to reach a wider audience within the community.
Has your Partnership been Involved in Research to Advance its Mission and/or Enhance Service Provision?  This is our first collaboration and we look forward to a continued and long-lasting partnership. We are interested in working with community-based organizations, advocacy groups, government agencies, politicians, school systems, academic institutions/departments, and clergy that are interested in service around obesity prevention in vulnerable populations.
In your Opinion, what is the Greatest Issue or Disparity we must Address in the State/Region/Area served by your partnership? We see health disparities in our region as a great issue. While we identify obesity as a major concern, we are interested in hearing the experiences of our youth and parents in the community about healthy living for obesity prevention. We hope to identify modifiable aspects of the environment that parents and youth report will help them live healthier lives.
If there is One Thing the Public should Know about your Partnership, what would it be? We hope to build and sustain community capacity through connecting community-based organizations for collaboration around the common goal of youth obesity prevention and healthy lifestyle adoption in underserved populations. We envision an empowered community united for healthy youth.

For Further Information, Please Contact:
Dr. Adebowale Odulana

Dana Mitchel
Nutrition Educator
Lowcountry Food Bank
843.747.8146 ext. 122
Newly Diagnosed with High Blood Pressure? Three Factors Affect Prognosis Prompt and intense treatment at the first signs of high blood pressure appears key to preventing heart attacks, strokes, and early death, according to a new study. Patients with systolic blood pressure (the top number in a blood pressure reading) higher than 150 mm Hg faced increased risks if doctors failed to begin aggressive drug treatment in less than a month and a half, researchers report in the February 5th issue of the British Medical Journal. The risk also increased if doctors didn't perform a blood pressure follow-up within about three months to see how well the medications were performing for a patient, the study said. This study appears to be the first to assess how prompt treatment can affect the short-term prognosis of a newly diagnosed high blood pressure patient, said senior author Dr. Alexander Turchin. To read more click here

Source:, February 5, 2015

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