RESEARCH PROJECTS

National Diabetes Prevention Program – Dr. Otis Kirksey
• FAMU CHE has entered into a contractual agreement with Solera Health to deliver the National Diabetes Prevention Program Lifestyle Program to State workers in the Tallahassee area.  The National Diabetes Prevention Program is an evidenced-based lifestyle change program for preventing type 2 Diabetes. The program’s curriculum is based on research results from the Diabetes Prevention Trial that was funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The research results demonstrated that making certain lifestyle changes and continuing them over time can prevent type 2 diabetes in people who are at risk.

Florida Blue Health Insurance – Dr. Otis Kirksey
• Under the agreement, CHE will deliver the year long lifestyle intervention program to state workers at several locations throughout the Tallahassee area.  The enrollment fee, for state workers who meet the program’s criteria, will be covered by the Florida Blue Health Insurance.

Diabetes Training and Technical Assistance Center – Dr. Otis Kirksey
• Early last year, CHE researchers, led by Dr. Otis Kirksey, were certified as Lifestyle Coaches by Emory University’s Diabetes Training and Technical Assistance Center.  Shortly afterwards, the CHE received Pending Recognition status as an organization that delivers the Diabetes Prevention Curriculum.  Currently, the CHE is the only agency in the Big Bend area that listed on the CDC’s registry.

WCRx Medical Consultants – Dr. Jovan Miles
• FAMU COPPS and WCRx Medical Consultants provide Chronic Care Management (CCM) solutions to eradicate health disparities within underserved communities. Direct-patient care responsibilities provided, enhance access and continuity of care for patients, as well as train pharmacy students to clinically and interprofessional practice in communities in need.

AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) – Dr. Jovan Miles
• The AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) is a statewide prescription drug program, funded by Part B of the Ryan White Treatment Modernization Act. FAMU COPPS will oversee the distribution of pharmaceutical care, for the patients served by Leon County. In conjunction with the Leon County Health Department, FAMU COPPS pharmacist initiate interventions to decrease disparities seen in the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Care Continuum, by targeting pharmacotherapy, dispensing, adherence issues, and laboratory monitoring.

HIV/AIDS Project – Dean Thompson

La Salud Latina de Greensboro Project – Dr.Ivette Lopez
• The health inequities of Hispanic/Latino populations are a research priority of importance. This is a critical barrier to public health’s philosophy of social justice, and one of the highest ranked research areas of focus by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2011). The La Salud Latina de Greensboro study addressed a critical barrier to progress in the field of public health: the lack of health assessment data that focuses on health inequities of Hispanic/Latino populations, in particular in rural communities. The study objectives of this Community Assessment were two-fold: to measure, describe and understand community lifestyles of a Hispanic/Latino population in Greensboro Town, FL to develop capacity for community based participatory research; and to educate students and health professionals concerning the health inequities of Hispanics/Latinos by involving them in data collection and analysis. In order to meet the primary objectives of the study, the investigators established and maintained constant dialogue between faculty, students, health professionals, and lay community members to develop culturally humble and useful instruments for collection of both quantitative and qualitative data. These instruments will be administered to members of the Hispanic community within Greensboro, FL with the goal of assessing the health status and resources as well as health perspectives within the community. This dialogue will continue in order to produce relevant and functional information that can later be used for multiple interventions, including but not limited to the production of training materials for future researchers, training interventions of public health professionals serving this population, and for the community to seek funding for their programs.

IPERT Grant – Dr. Shawn Spencer
• This project brings together a long-standing need for Minority Serving Institutions to better fulfill their leading role in creating a strong and inclusive biomedical workforce. FAMU currently trains Master’s degrees in Molecular Cellular Biology, and Community Psychology as well as Doctorate degrees in Pharmacology, Public Health, Pharmacoepidemiology / Health Outcomes, Environmental Toxicology, Biomedical Engineering and Drug Delivery.  Despite ranking among the top producers of black doctoral degree recipients in life sciences, our success in the contribution of independent investigators from biomedically and educationally underserved populations has been low.  Increasing the quality of research education and the development of trainees in our research community is a top priority of the PI and our institution.  This application maps our path forward to meet this challenge (in this application, “biomedical” refers to biological, behavioral, social, clinical, and environmental health sciences).