Disparities in African American Men’s Health Research will focus on Hypertension, Prostate Cancer and Life Style Modification


MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (May 13, 2014) – Inaugural funding selections have been announced for the groundbreaking new research collaborative, based out of the University of Minnesota and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Center for Healthy African American Men through Partnerships (CHAAMPS) is a transdiciplinary collaborative dedicated to the unique health issues of the African American male community.

Originally granted as the National Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center for African American Men’s Health, this center partners the University of Minnesota and University of Alabama at Birmingham with community groups and partners to investigate issues impacting this specific population.

The second national conference for CHAAMPS was held April 28-30 in Birmingham, Alabama. At this event, participants discussed health and community issues related to the collaborative’s main goals.

Funding was also announced, for the first three research projects to get underway as part of the collaborative. They are:

• Healthy Eating, Activity & Resting Together (HEART) Matters; Principal Investigator, Larrell Wilkinson, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham

• Evaluation of the CCP score risk-stratification tool in African American Men; Principal Investigator Christopher Warlick, MD, Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota

• Understanding Hypertension among Black Men in a Faith Based Setting; Principal Investigator Nicole Redmond, MD, Assistant Professor School of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Current research already underway includes:

• Patient Navigation to Reduce Readmissions among Black Men with Heart Failure (NAVI-HF); Co-Investigators, Raegan Durant, MD, Assistant Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham; Monica Colvin, MD, Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota

• Communities Invested in Healthy Life Trajectories of African American Boys; Co-Investigators, Sonya Brady, PhD., Associate Professor, University of Minnesota; Tina Simpson, MD, Assistant Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham

CHAAMPS is made possible through NIH grant U54MD008620. The administrative home of the collaborative is at the University of Minnesota, with physical locations on both the UMN and UAB campuses.


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