Forging a Sustainable Health Disparities Research Group (HDRG) at the University of South Alabama

As the Center for Healthy Communities (CHC) approaches the end of the Center of Excellence P20 grant that funded its activities supporting the Health Disparities Research Group (HDRG), we are in the process of developing a plan to ensure that HDRG remains active, impactful, and sustainable. In doing so, our first step was to create … Continue reading Forging a Sustainable Health Disparities Research Group (HDRG) at the University of South Alabama

HDRG Recap: “Break the Cycle of Environmental Health Disparities: Barriers to Healthy Sleep in Children.”

Dr. Sonia Smith introduced the interdisciplinary team that worked on the research project including nursing honors students, graduate students, and faculty members from both the College of Nursing and the Psychology Department. Kristina Caffey, a freshman pre-nursing student, was the catalyst for the Barriers to Healthy Sleep Project. A graduate of Baker High School and … Continue reading HDRG Recap: “Break the Cycle of Environmental Health Disparities: Barriers to Healthy Sleep in Children.”

Join us for the May HDRG Meeting

The next Health Disparities Research Group meeting is scheduled for March 16, 2018, at 1:00 pm in room 222A of the Biomedical Library. An interdisciplinary team of speakers will present  “Break the Cycle of Environmental Health Disparities: Barriers to Healthy Sleep in Children.” The presentation will focus on research that sought to understand maternal perceptions … Continue reading Join us for the May HDRG Meeting

HDRG Recap: Dancing Without Limits: Service Learning with a Twist (And shout!)

At the March 2018 Health Disparities Research Group (HDRG) meeting, Dr. Jeremy Fletcher, assistant professor in the University of South Alabama Department of Physical Therapy, and four physical therapy students -- Molly Harris, Emily Harper, Sarah Johnson, and Tyler Roley-- shared about the service learning partnership between the Department of Physical Therapy and the local … Continue reading HDRG Recap: Dancing Without Limits: Service Learning with a Twist (And shout!)

Join us for the March HDRG Meeting

The next Health Disparities Research Group meeting is scheduled for March 16, 2018, at 1:00 pm in room 222A of the Biomedical Library. The featured presenters, Dr. Jeremy Fletcher and students from the Department of Physical Therapy, will share about a service learning experience with a local program serving children with Autism and other related … Continue reading Join us for the March HDRG Meeting

HDRG Recap: Little Less Talk/Lot More Action: Evolution of Community Outreach Symposia

At the February 2018 meeting of the Health Disparities Research Group (HDRG) Dr. Roma Hanks --Director for Community Outreach at the Center for Healthy Communities and chair of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work -- led a team of individuals in discussing the evolution of the Regional Health Disparities Symposia (RHDS) from a … Continue reading HDRG Recap: Little Less Talk/Lot More Action: Evolution of Community Outreach Symposia

HDRG Recap: Building Community Based Research through Community Coalitions

At the November 2017, Health Disparities Research Group (HDRG) meeting, Danny Patterson, Coordinator, Collaborations and Partnerships, Gulf States Health Policy Center (GSHPC), shared about their experiences with coalition building to work for improving health outcomes. Working in 5 states (Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas) GSHPC united with community members, partner organizations, and service providers … Continue reading HDRG Recap: Building Community Based Research through Community Coalitions

Upcoming HDRG Meeting

The Health Disparities Research Group (HDRG) is a multidisciplinary assembly of faculty, students, staff, and community representatives with a vision “to become an integral facilitator in eliminating health disparities through partnerships with our community.” Held the 3rd Friday of each month throughout the academic year, the meetings provide an opportunity to share research and cultivate … Continue reading Upcoming HDRG Meeting

HDRG Recap: Experiences with Community-Based Participatory Research

On October 20, 2017, the Health Disparities Research Group (HDRG) held its first meeting of the 2017-2018 academic year. Two speakers provided an overview of experiences related to health disparities and community-based participatory research. Ms. Shelley-Tremblay, formerly the project manager for the Center for Healthy Communities and current Director of the Office of Community Engagement … Continue reading HDRG Recap: Experiences with Community-Based Participatory Research

New Publication: Consolidating the Academic End of a Community-Based Participatory Research Venture to Address Health Disparities

A recent article published in the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement explores the development of the Health Disparities Research Group (HDRG) at the University of South Alabama.  Written by a team led by Dr. Martha Arrieta, the article discusses the formation process of the HDRG Activities leading to the promotion of group identity … Continue reading New Publication: Consolidating the Academic End of a Community-Based Participatory Research Venture to Address Health Disparities