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The National Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Research Network

for

Health Services and Health Disparities

The network is a non-profit organization established for the purpose of promoting opportunities that increase the capacity of HBCUs to develop and conduct quality health services research and outreach activities that address the health needs of African Americans and other underserved populations.

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Background

 

The National Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Research Network for Health Services and Health Disparities (The Network) was established in 1996 through a collaboration between the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Office of Research, Demonstration, and Information (ORDI) and HBCUs in Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Washington, DC.  This effort was one of CMSs activities designed to implement the mandate of the President’s Executive Order 12876 (New Order is 13256 – 2/12/02 ).  

 

The Network is a non-profit organization established for the purpose of promoting opportunities that increase the capacity of HBCUs to develop and conduct quality health services research and outreach activities that address the health needs of African Americans.  The Network has grown from nineteen original HBCU investigators to more than 125.  Represented in this membership are faculty members from 34 HBCUs.  The Network is incorporated in the State of Maryland as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  The organization is governed by by-laws and officially elected officers.

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Network Research, Education and Outreach Activities

The areas of research, education, and outreach activities among members of The Network focus on reduction of health disparities in areas identified in the health promotion and disease prevention objectives outlined in Healthy People 2010 (NCHS, 2003) including breast and prostate cancer, diabetes, immunizations, hypertension, nutrition, and injuries due to violence.  Other areas of focus include elder caregiving, spinal cord injuries, prenatal services, and health education.  Research interests of members include managed care, chronic childhood illnesses, women’s health, poverty alleviation, barriers to teaching healthy behaviors to minority populations, mammography and prostate screening, cancer prevention, HIV/AIDS prevention, infant mortality and teen pregnancy prevention, disparities in quality of care, long term care uses, and cardiovascular disease.  Health policy implications are identified based on research findings.  

Network investigators have reached more than 10,000 individuals in the African American community since 1996.  Our researchers have increased knowledge and dispelled myths about health issues among individuals often identified as “hard to reach”.  We have raised awareness about the impact of health disparities on the African American community and implemented strategies for behavior change.  HBCU researchers are the missing ingredient in the battle to overcome health disparities. 

We have the knowledge, expertise, and commitment to help reduce health disparities.  Above all, we have access to the African American community that is the result of longstanding linkages and partnerships.  We have established enduring partnerships with community-based and faith-based organizations.  These relationships have placed us in the position of being accepted as authentic voices, i.e. individuals who can be trusted and therefore, allowed access to the community.

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Purpose

 

The purpose of the Network is to promote health services and health disparities research by faculty at HBCUs focusing on African Americans and other underserved populations. This purpose is accomplished through a variety of activities that may include the following:

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  • Convening annual meetings to discuss pertinent issues related to the health status of African Americans and underserved populations;

  • Encouraging and supporting collaboration among researchers and faculty members at HBCUs;

  • Conducting research and disseminating research findings relevant to decreasing health disparities and improving the health status of African Americans and other underserved populations;

  • Establishing partnerships among HBCUs, state and federal government agencies, majority institutions, community based organizations, faith based organizations and other parties interested in reducing health disparities and improving the health status of African Americans and other underserved populations;

  • Facilitating access to funding that supports research and outreach initiatives conducted by researchers and faculty members at HBCUs;

  • Advocating for policies that generate funding for research and outreach activities to eliminate health disparities and improve the health status of African Americans and other underserved populations.

  • Supporting the development of the health services research infrastructure at HBCUs.

 

 

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Objectives

To promote health services research and outreach activities by and for African Americans and other underserved populations.

To develop an information center for the collection and dissemination of research findings and information to improve the health status of African Americans and other underserved populations.  

To promote access of HBCUs to major research activities.

To establish partnerships among HBCUs, faith-based institutions, community based health organizations, health care institutions, health associations, majority institutions, state and federal agencies, and other parties interested in improving the health status of African Americans and other underserved populations.  

To seek funding opportunities for all HBCU member institutions.  

To increase the capacity of HBCUs to develop quality health services research.

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