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The Department of Family Medicine has embraced research that is designed to improve access to and the quality of primary care services. The Department is home to the Mecklenburg Area Partnership for Primary Care Research (MAPPR), a research network created by Dr. Michael Dulin, vice chair and director of research in the department. MAPPR was designed to bring together primary care providers and community members to better understand disparities in healthcare outcomes. The network has received funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Duke Endowment, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, NC TraCs, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

Dr. Michael Dulin is the PI for two lead studies from this network that are designed to examine access and utilization of health services by Latino immigrants. This work uses geographic information systems and principles of community-based participatory research to look at health services utilization patterns - particularly access to primary care and inappropriate use of emergency services for conditions that could be treated in a primary care setting. This led to the development of a NIH R24 grant designed to build partnerships between community members and researchers.

Dr. Hazel Tapp is the PI on another innovative project funded by the UNCC/CMC collaborative grants program designed to evaluate 5 different primary care models of care delivery for underserved community members. This project has engaged with providers across the region to identify best practices for delivery of care across the community and share these ideas with all participants.

Finally, in a study designed to look at the impact of pre-participation screening for adolescents involved in sports, Dr. David Price has received research funding from the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine to study the impact of screening on young athletes. This ongoing collaborative program has screened hundreds of athletes from across the community.

Mission Statement: 
Our mission is to promote research that positively impacts the health of our community. We strive to accomplish this aim by reducing health disparities; enhancing access to primary care; and improving the quality of healthcare services. Research in our department is designed to be translational and rapidly disseminated into practice. We provide research opportunities for students and learners from a wide range of disciplines who are interested in primary care research or public health.

Laboratory Members:
Michael Dulin, MD, PhD Director of Family Medicine Research
Hazel Tapp, PhD, Research Faculty
Brisa DeHernandez, Research Project Coordinator

Contact Information:
Hazel Tapp, PhD, Dept of Family Medicine: 704-304-7120                                                           

Elizabeth Family Medicine
(Campus of Mercy Medical Plaza)
2001 Vail Ave.
4th Floor, Suite 400
Charlotte, NC 28207

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