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In exploring the factors responsible for the differential health outcomes of African American males, CHAAMPS promotes an integrative approach that accounts for multiple pathways to poor health outcomes, including environmental factors as well as psychosocial and biological factors. CHAAMPS thus encourages transdisciplinary collaboration between academic experts and community stakeholders to study the pathways to disparities in African American men’s health.

CHAAMPS seeks to fund community-based research projects that investigate the biological, psychosocial, and environmental factors driving and sustaining health disparities in African American men’s health across the life course. Proposed research should consider pathways to unintentional and violence-related injuries and homicide, head injuries in athletes, and chronic diseases; and the mechanisms connecting such pathways to health disparities throughout the life course of African American men.

Examples of proposed research include:

  1. Studies of the relationship between psychosocial and biological factors and African American men’s health during critical periods in their life course, such as youth/adolescence, young adulthood, middle age, and older adulthood.
  2. Implementation and evaluation of community-based interventions to improve individual and/or socio-environmental outcomes in unintentional and violence-related injuries and homicide, head injuries in athletes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, hepatitis C, and cancer, especially prostate cancer.