STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

Serve as a forum to ensure that the results of health science research benefit vulnerable populations, especially in African American and Latino neighborhoods where people suffer from a greater burden of preventable illness and premature death. The aims of MD-CRAB are to:

  1. serve as a “think tank” generating ideas suitable for research that come from the authentic lived experience of people in greatest need of the lifesaving results of research;
  2. increase awareness of both the risks and benefits of participating in public health and medical research, including clinical trials;
  3. serve as a forum for researchers to present their ideas so that MD-CRAB members may offer substantive feedback and recommendations to research teams, provide opportunities for them to learn about the African American and Latino community and cultural norms, and enable community members to shape the development and implementation of research projects; and
  4. ensure that policy decision makers hear the voices of people who come from underserved, poorly served and never served neighborhoods across the state of Maryland.

The overarching goal of MD-CRAB is to make a meaningful contribution toward the elimination of racial and ethnic health disparities by building trust between minority communities and health science researchers.

 

For Researchers:

The MD-CRAB can provide community insight and guidance to strengthen research through anything from creating more relevant research questions, recruitment procedures to data collection materials.  If you are a researcher interested in presenting your work to the MD-CRAB, please read the MD-CRAB letter and instructions for researchers.   You may also contact Shawnta Jackson at 301-405-7577 or sjack1@umd.edu for more information.

Selected projects reviewed by the MD-CRAB

Investigator

Affliation

Project Title and Abstract

Elizabeth Lee Daugherty

Office of Emergency Management, Johns Hopkins University

Community Values and the Allocation of Scarce Resources in Disasters: A Public Engagement Project: The goals of this project are to build disaster response coalitions among healthcare institutions and government agencies and to foster public trust in response planning through the transparent assessment of community values regarding the allocation of scarce healthcare resources during disasters; and (2) to implement a replicable process for engaging health care, government, and community leaders, as well as the general public, in dialogue regarding the ethical principles that citizens consider most important in determining how to allocate scarce resources during disasters.

Sandra Quinn

M-CHE, SPH, UMD

Uncovering and Addressing Cultural Beliefs behind Vaccine Racial Disparities: The broad purpose of this study is to uncover new factors responsible for lower immunization rates in Black adults and test the effectiveness of new communication materials to increase routine and emergency immunization.

Stephen Thomas

 

M-CHE, SPH, UMD

Black Men’s Health Initiative (M-CHE):  The purpose of this study is to explore priority issues in black men’s health by 1) conducting a review of the literature on black men’s health; 2) conducting a series of semi-structured interviews with Black men aged 18 and older; and 3) conducting semi-structured telephone interviews with directors of university based Men’s Health Research Centers across the nation.

Jermane Bond  

Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

Black Men’s Health Initiative (Joint Center): This project will  identify key areas for intervention and strategies for enhancing paternal involvement in pregnancy and family health through a comprehensive literature review on the health of black men and an examination of vital birth and death certificate (linked-file) data.

Brit Saksvig, UMD

Dept. of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, SPH, UMD

Sisters Healthy and Physically Empowered (SHAPE): This study aims to describe the health status, health behavior support and the physical activity support networks of African American women and to assess whether African American women who are active have more supportive physical activity networks compared to women who are less active.

Bonnie Braun

Dept. of Family Science, UMD

Smart Choice Health Insurance Workbook and Workshop Educational Program:  The Smart Choice Program is a comprehensive, research-based, unbiased curriculum designed to equip people with the tools they need to make the best decisions possible when choosing health insurance.

Marilyn Lynk

Adventist HealthCare, Inc., Center on Health Disparities

Project BEAT IT (Becoming Empowered Africans Through the Improved Treatment of Diabetes, Hepatitis B, and HIV/AIDS): Chronic diseases disproportionately affect Blacks including African immigrants. There is a need for interventions to improve outcomes and reduce disparities among African immigrants. The study goal is to reduce disparities among African immigrants by providing culturally tailored interventions (health education and lay health workers) to improve knowledge, behavior, and health outcomes.

Investigator: Elizabeth Lee Daugherty
Affliation: Office of Emergency Management, Johns Hopkins University
Project Title and Abstract: Community Values and the Allocation of Scarce Resources in Disasters: A Public Engagement Project: The goals of this project are to build disaster response coalitions among healthcare institutions and government agencies and to foster public trust in response planning through the transparent assessment of community values regarding the allocation of scarce healthcare resources during disasters; and (2) to implement a replicable process for engaging health care, government, and community leaders, as well as the general public, in dialogue regarding the ethical principles that citizens consider most important in determining how to allocate scarce resources during disasters.
Investigator: Sandra Quinn
Affliation: M-CHE, SPH, UMD
Project Title and Abstract: Uncovering and Addressing Cultural Beliefs behind Vaccine Racial Disparities: The broad purpose of this study is to uncover new factors responsible for lower immunization rates in Black adults and test the effectiveness of new communication materials to increase routine and emergency immunization.
Investigator: Stephen Thomas
Affliation: M-CHE, SPH, UMD
Project Title and Abstract: Black Men’s Health Initiative (M-CHE):  The purpose of this study is to explore priority issues in black men’s health by 1) conducting a review of the literature on black men’s health; 2) conducting a series of semi-structured interviews with Black men aged 18 and older; and 3) conducting semi-structured telephone interviews with directors of university based Men’s Health Research Centers across the nation.
Investigator: Jermane Bond
Affliation: Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
Project Title and Abstract: Black Men’s Health Initiative (Joint Center): This project will  identify key areas for intervention and strategies for enhancing paternal involvement in pregnancy and family health through a comprehensive literature review on the health of black men and an examination of vital birth and death certificate (linked-file) data.
Investigator: Brit Saksvig, UMD
Affliation: Dept. of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, SPH, UMD
Project Title and Abstract: Sisters Healthy and Physically Empowered (SHAPE): This study aims to describe the health status, health behavior support and the physical activity support networks of African American women and to assess whether African American women who are active have more supportive physical activity networks compared to women who are less active.
Investigator: Bonnie Braun
Affliation: Dept. of Family Science, UMD
Project Title and Abstract: Smart Choice Health Insurance Workbook and Workshop Educational Program:  The Smart Choice Program is a comprehensive, research-based, unbiased curriculum designed to equip people with the tools they need to make the best decisions possible when choosing health insurance.
Investigator:

Marilyn Lynk

Affliation: Adventist HealthCare, Inc., Center on Health Disparities
Project Title and Abstract: Project BEAT IT (Becoming Empowered Africans Through the Improved Treatment of Diabetes, Hepatitis B, and HIV/AIDS): Chronic diseases disproportionately affect Blacks including African immigrants. There is a need for interventions to improve outcomes and reduce disparities among African immigrants. The study goal is to reduce disparities among African immigrants by providing culturally tailored interventions (health education and lay health workers) to improve knowledge, behavior, and health outcomes.

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Mid-Maryland Mission of Mercy (MOM)

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