Community Outreach & Health Disparities
Margaret Hargreaves, PhD, leads The Community Outreach and Heath Disparities Core (COHDC) at Meharry Medical College. The goal of the core is to encourage and facilitate effective diabetes translation research among investigators who seek to decrease risks for diabetes and its complications among vulnerable minority populations, especially African and Hispanic Americans. Aims of the core are to increase collaboration among investigators, perform quality intervention research, and increase the rate of behavior change among at-risk individuals. The core offers services to both Meharry Medical College and Vanderbilt University Medical Center investigators.
Three units make up the COHDC:
- The Community-Based Participatory Research Unit
- The Behavioral Intervention Unit, and
- The Assessment, Design, and Analysis Unit.
Dr. Hargreaves is supported in her work by Donna Kenerson, PhD, and Stephanie Miller Hughes, PhD. Dr. Kenerson is a nurse investigator with expertise in health behavior change models, who directs two Community-Based Participatory Research projects focused on reducing health disparities in African Americans in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Miller-Hughes is a social scientist interested in effects of contemporary lifestyle on the development of diabetes and the metabolic syndrome targeting the poor outcome of rural patients. Her qualitative research includes analysis and interventional activities in this population to promote better health practice.