At the Heart of the Matter:

Developing an Action Plan

At the Heart of the Matter exists to engage HBCU researchers, patients, and advocacy organizations in cardiovascular research, intersection with COVID-19, Black women’s health, and mental health. (from ideation to dissemination and implementation) and engagement of patient-centered outcome research (PCOR).

Upcoming At the Heart of the Matter Virtual Event Series

Beginning AUGUST 24, 2021, CCPH and partners will bring to its virtual table an HBCU community of students, clinicians, researchers, and educators with patients, caregivers, and African-American community organizations for a series of bi-weekly discussions on CVD and its intersection with COVID-19, Black women’s health, and mental health. This WEBINAR SERIES will culminate with a VIRTUAL TOWN HALL where participants, guided by patient-centered outcome research processes, (PCOR) work together to develop a culturally responsive framework for cardiovascular research and patient engagement.
Priority participants for this webinar series are HBCU affiliated, patients, caregivers, and community organizations. If you are affiliated with an HBCU and want to subscribe to updates click HERE.

People involved in the program

At the Heart of the Matter is a partnership between CCPH, Morehouse School of Medicine, the American Heart Association, The Center for Black Health Equity, and South Carolina State University. This continual partnership will convene HBCUs in the southeast region and their community partners to address cardiovascular disparities using the patient-centered outcome research (PCOR) framework.

Research supported by the program

The project’s aim is to engage Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) researchers, patients, and advocacy organizations in cardiovascular research, the intersection with COVID-19, Black women’s health, mental health, and engagement using PCOR principles.

Community engagement resulting from the program

We want to engage the community at-large in four ways:

  1. Increase the knowledge of HBCU researchers/faculty, African American patients, and advocacy organizations of PCORI and its focus on PCOR and community-engaged research (CER).
  2. Identify priorities in cardiovascular disease as it relates to cardiovascular disease research and engagement for African Americans in the southeast region of the US.
  3. Establish a network of HBCU researchers, patients and stakeholders focused on cardiovascular disease.
  4. Develop an Action Plan to guide proximal and distal activities to engage stakeholders in addressing cardiovascular disease and prioritize immediate and long-term priorities.

CCPH’s involvement in the program

Community-Campus Partnerships for Health will be helping to facilitate the “At the Heart of the Matter” convening this spring. The convening, At the Heart of the Matter will be guided by the expertise of our partners as well as critical lessons learned through CCPH’s previous engagement efforts and convenings. This includes the importance of developing a convening where patient voices are centered and amplified, and trustworthy partnerships are established. Our approach is innovative as it will establish a network of HBCU researchers, patients, and stakeholders committed to addressing cardiovascular disease disparities amongst African Americans through culturally responsive, patient-centered research approaches.

Information Dissemination

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