Carolinas HealthCare System

Department of Family Medicine (DFM) Research has a firm commitment to improving the health of our community and has helped shape the national conversation around community-based participatory research (CBPR). CBPR is an emerging model of research that enhances ongoing clinical research by involving key stakeholders, including community members and patients, in all components of the research process.

At the foundation of community health and CBPR are the partnerships at every level of the community including: community members, businesses, politicians, researchers and clinicians.  In addition to our community-based research studies, DFM Research actively supports community engagement through a local research network and free clinic described below:

  • DFM Research directs the Mecklenburg Area Partnership for Primary Care Research (MAPPR), a research network designed to study barriers to healthcare access for the underserved and vulnerable population in Charlotte, NC. 
  • Additionally, the DFM Research team helps to staff the Our Lady of Guadalupe Free Clinic for underserved, uninsured, and low-income families in Charlotte, NC and surrounding areas. The clinic is located at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church (6212 Tuckasseegee Road) and is held on the third Sunday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon. Watch this video about the free clinic.