The goal of the Collaboration and Partnership Core (CPC) of CHAAMPS is to link academic and community partners and facilitate productive partnerships between academic, community, and private organizations and institutions that represent local, state, and national stakeholders, with the ultimate goal of eliminating health disparities in African American men across the life course.

In this effort, the CPC will involve the academic institutions of the U24 Enhancing Minority Participation in Clinical Trials (EMPaCT) National Consortium, the local chapters, franchises, and churches of the three national community partners – 100 Black Men of America, Inc. (100 Black Men), the National Baptist Convention Foundation (NBC), and the National Football League (NF) – and other academic and community partners in order to expand shared resources and facilitate collaborative research.

Aim 1. Solidify collaborative relationships with all existing academic and community partners nationally, regionally, and locally in order to establish a framework that will support the proposed research, implementation, and dissemination activities;

Aim 2. Conduct a formal assessment of existing needs and resources in terms of research, outreach, and dissemination in order to identify factors that affect the prevalence of unintentional and violence-related injuries, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and stroke across the lifespan of African American men, and develop and implement interventions to ameliorate these disparities;

Aim 3. Based on the assessment, identify additional academic, community, and organizational partners to fill areas of need; develop plans and timeline for the implementation phase, including procedures for soliciting, selecting, and overseeing of pilot projects; and implement strategies and interventions to reduce unintentional and violence-related injuries, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and stroke across the lifespan of African American men;

Aim 4. Link academic and community investigators and partners and facilitate productive relationships for the development, implementation, and dissemination of collaborative research projects, including pilot projects; facilitate the training of CHAAMPS investigators and community partners on culturally appropriate strategies and best practices for conducting research in minority communities, with emphasis on cultural competency, bioethics, and community-based participatory research principles;

Aim 5. Based on an academic-community participatory approach, implement an ongoing assessment of the partnership’s effectiveness and make adjustments as necessary.