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Morehouse School of Medicine, Inc.

Grantee Information

Morehouse School of Medicine, Inc. (MSM)
720 Westview Drive SW
Atlanta, GA 30310-1495
404-756-1236 (Phone)
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Morehouse School of Medicine, Inc. (MSM) is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of individuals and communities; increasing the diversity of the health professional and scientific workforce, and addressing primary health care needs. MSM achieves these goals by providing programs in education, research and service with emphasis on people of color as well as underserved urban and rural populations across Georgia and the rest of the country. Many of MSM's programs and activities focus on education and training, research, and community health.

Grant Project Information

Maximizing Impact of Disparities Data to Drive Community Action and Enable Improvements in Health Equity
Length of Project: 9/1/12-8/31/15
Annual Funding Level: $300,000
Project Director: Dr. George Rust
404-756-1236
E-mail: grust@msm.edu

Abstract

Poor quality data, such as inaccurately categorized racial classifications and lengthy time lags between the actual research (interventions and activities) and findings being published, are aspects that hinder health disparities research and policy. As a result, disparity data is not typically utilized to its fullest potential. However, researchers remain confident that health disparities can be alleviated by engaging stakeholders in activities that highlight the importance o disparities data in order to increase awareness and drive action. The MSM-data-drive project strives to maximize the utilization and influence of health disparities data at local, state and national levels by improving data quality and accessibility. More specifically, the project will expand access to disparities data through implementation of an online data warehouse; provide technical assistance and workshops to health researchers; and offer professional development opportunities for minority students with an interest in health-related professions.

The target population for this intervention includes minority students with an interest in health-related professions and health disparities researchers and stakeholders, all of whom could benefit from an enhanced understanding of the importance in utilizing health disparities data. The primary intervention strategies of the project involve enhancing the quality and accessibility of health disparity data sets; educating health equity advocates about the appropriate utilization of data; and the use of health equity seminars and compelling geospatially coded datasets to encourage minority students to pursue careers as health professionals.

Objective

Strengthened leadership and coordination to leverage resources and enhance effectiveness and efficiency of individual and collective efforts (including, but not limited to, research and data)
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