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Active CHER projects are listed below.

A randomized trial of a culturally-adapted colorectal cancer screening decision aid designed for American IndiansLeah Frerichs (PI)The study’s primary objective is to compare the effect of the decision aid to an attention-control impact on American Indian’s CRC screening intentions.Decision Support Techniques; Intention; American Indians; Multimedia
Identifying and disentangling social and physical environmental effects on physical activity in African American adolescentsLeah Frerichs (PI)The purpose of this K01 award is to provide developmental support to Dr. Leah Frerichs to become an independent investigator in youth-engaged research using mobile technology and systems science methods to disentangle and address social and physical environment influences on physical activity.Environment, Physical Activity, African Americans. Adolescents
HAPPI: Inflammatory Markers, Hazardous Air Pollutants, and Psychosocial FactorsJada L. Brooks (PI)In the Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award, entitled Inflammatory Markers, Hazardous Air Pollutants, and Psychosocial Factors (5 K23 ES027026-04), we will examine the interplay among environmental air pollutant exposures, cardiovascular-associated inflammation, and psychosocial factors in a sample of 150 American Indian (Lumbee) women.Environmental Justice/Environmental Health Disparities
Healthcare Coordination and Transition for Individuals with Genetic ConditionsGaurav Dave (PI)This study aimed to examine insurance coverage, use of the healthcare system, satisfaction with care, transition from pediatric to adult healthcare services, and social and emotional support for individuals with genetic conditions.Access; Care coordination; Genetic condition; Genetics; Transition
Transitions Clinic Network: Post Incarceration Addiction Treatment, Healthcare, and Social SupportsEmily Wang (Yale) (PI); Carmen Albizu, (University of Puerto Rico) Subaward PI;
Evan Ashkin, (UNC-CH): Co-I;
Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein: Subaward PI
The research will include a hybrid type I effectiveness-implementation trial and randomize 800 people on medications for OUD released from 6 local jails (Minneapolis, MN, Rochester, NY, Bridgeport, CT, Durham, NC, Caguas, PR, and Bronx, NY) to compare the effectiveness of the TCN intervention versus referral to standard primary care on opioid treatment cascade outcomes and whether housing, food access, criminal justice contact, and social support mediate this association. Incarceration, Addiction, Healthcare, Social Support, Opioids
SPECS: Study on Personal Experiences with Accessing Care in the SouthLauren Brinkley-Rubinstein (PI)Aim 1 is to characterize PrEP knowledge and acceptability among people recently placed under community supervision (probation/parole) within the past 12 months. We will observe and estimate the proportion of who have prior PrEP knowledge and high, average, and low PrEP acceptabilityHIV, Black, Hispanic, Gender Minorities, Rural Populations, Criminal Justice
Providing Interventions to Enhance Recovery in Community Supervision (PIERS)Rosemarie Martin (Brown): (PI);
Damaris Rohsenow, (Brown): PI;
Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein (PI)
Aim 1 is to test the effectiveness of probation/parole peer support specialist condition compared to treatment as usual on client outcomes. Outcomes to measure will be: engagement in MOUD (primary), re-arrest (secondary), illicit opioid use (secondary), and fatal and non-fatal overdose (tertiary).Opioid, Incarceration, Community Supervision
Combining Cohorts for Equity: Understanding Comorbidities in Diverse WomenTonia Poteat (PI)Depression, stress, experiences with violence, and cardiovascular disease (CVD) are common among women, particularly Black and Latina women.Equity, Comorbidities, Women, HIV, Cardiovascular Disease, Black, Latina
TRANSforming the CarolinasTonia Poteat (PI)This proposal focuses on transgender people in the South, a key population with a disproportionate burden of HIV in the United States in a region with the highest number of new infections in the country. HIV, Transgender Women, Black, Latina, PrEP
LITE PlusTonia Poteat (PI)The study includes ransgender women living with HIV (TWLHIV) in the Boston, MA and Washington, DC metropolitan areas. Transgender Women, HIV, Black, Latina, Stress, Health Disparities, Cardiovascular Disease
Heart MattersGiselle Corbie-Smith (PI)This project is a behavioral change intervention adapted by Project GRACE to reduce cardiovascular disease risk among African-Americans in Nash and Edgecombe Counties, a rural region in eastern North Carolina.Cardiovascular Disease, African Americans
MAPSCorps: Nash and EdgecombeGiselle Corbie-Smith (PI)MAPSCorps is an asset mapping and enrichment program that tasks students and college mentors with cataloging community assets in the Rocky Mount area of North Carolina while exploring new ways to utilize local resources for community improvement. Asset Mapping, CBPR
Clinical ScholarsGiselle Corbie-Smith (Co-PI);
Claudia Fernandez (Co-PI)
Clinical Scholars is a national leadership opportunity for clinically active healthcare providers spanning a range of disciplines—nurses, physicians, pharmacists, physical therapists, dentists, allied health, veterinarians, and many othersLeadership Development, Healthcare, Equity
CRx-CVD logo: Connecting Clinics to CommunitiesImplementation of EMR-Integrated Referrals to Link Clinical and Community Services to Reduce Health InequityGiselle Corbie-Smith (PI)
Gaurav Dave (PI)
Stacy Lindau (PI)
Mary Wolfe (PI)
Through this study, we hope to learn how to better support clinics in rural settings to implement new resource referral technology systems and to improve the self-management and health outcomes associated with cardiovascular diseases among patients. Cardiovascular Disease, African Americans, Stroke
NC CEALAnissa I. Vines (PI)
Alan Richmond (PI)
Goldie Byrd (PI)
Stephanie Baker (Co-Lead)
Jada Brooks (Co-Lead)
Krista M. Perreira (Co-Lead)
To use innovative qualitative methods to identify factors that contribute to trustworthiness in COVID-19 information,
Draw upon community-engaged approaches to improve the COVID-19 messaging and delivery channels targeting communities in NC, and
Priority Populations: Hispanic/Latinx; African American/Black; American Indian
COVID-19, Engagement, Community
RADx: COVID-19 Testing and Prevention in Correctional SettingsLauren Brinkley-Rubinstein (MPI)The objective of this two-year study is to increase the reach, access, uptake, and mitigate the impact of COVID-19 among incarcerated people and staff, while also gaining a better understanding of the ethical issues surrounding novel medical interventions, like vaccine trials, with incarcerated populations. This project will focus on amplifying testing efforts in incarcerated settings in Florida, Rhode Island, Minnesota, and Yakima County, Washington.COVID-19, Incarceration, Testing
New IDEAS (Imaging Dementia-Evidence for Amyloid Scanning) StudyPeggye Dilworth-Anderson: (PI)
Stephanie Hoover (Co-I)
The over-arching goal of the New IDEAS Study is to evaluate the utility of beta-amyloid PET to “exclude Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in narrowly defined and clinically difficult differential diagnoses” in a broad and diverse population of Medicare beneficiaries with cognitive impairment, as described in CMS’ Decision Memo for Beta Amyloid Positron Emission Tomography in Dementia and Neurodegenerative Disease.Dementia, Alzheimer's