Carolinas HealthCare System

Department of Family Medicine (DFM) research has a long history of partnering with our local communities to address health disparities. Our community research is built on the principles of 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. Carolinas HealthCare System's DFM Research engages our community in a number of ways and helps to maintain the important partnerships that make CBPR possible.

Social Determinants

9/1/2010 - 9/1/2015  | The overall goal of this project is to leverage a transdisciplinary team with expertise and access to community and health services data to improve health outcomes for the community with a particular emphasis on the health of the Hispanic immigrant populations. Two census tracts (east and south) have been identified as our intervention areas.

CURRENT STATUS: Intervention implementation in east tract- Community Wellness Fair at Winterfield Elementary School in Charlotte, NC (123 of 200 enrolled); Intervention development in south tract underway.

Past Community Projects

Community Participatory Approach to Improving Health in a Hispanic Population

9/1/2009 - 9/1/2012 | The overall objective of this project is to use principles of Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) to plan and develop a pilot intervention designed to improve health outcomes for the Hispanic community. Final interventions were: Evaluation of the Mecklenburg County Health Department Hispanos Saludables Program and health education radio soap opera (radionovela) titled “Reencuentro."

CURRENT STATUS: Data analysis and manuscript development.

A Community Based Participatory Approach to Improving Primary Care Access

9/1/2008 - 3/1/2012 | The objectives are: To use community based participatory research (CBPR) to examines patterns of healthcare utilization and barriers to healthcare access for Hispanic residents of Mecklenburg County, to develop interventions to improve access, and to evaluate the CBPR process as a whole. Final intervention was The Mecklenburg Access Portal (The MAP).

CURRENT STATUS: Data analysis, manuscript development and outreach with The MAP.