The Consortium for Health Education, Economic Empowerment and Research (CHEER) is a community-based participatory health disparities research center funded by the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities. CHEER has as its primary mission to: engage in community-based collaborations to accomplish research and incorporate the role of community assets and personal economic efficacy in order to drive healthy lifestyles for at risk persons of all racial and ethnic backgrounds in Memphis and the Mississippi Delta region. We expect these efforts to result in new and innovative approaches to address high rates of chronic illnesses for persons who live in the Delta region and to mitigate racial/ethnic inequities in health status.
CHEER has four specific aims:
- To inform the design of intervention strategies aimed at reducing population health disparities by developing outcomes measures and monitoring signals to assess progress in impacting health of urban African-American and immigrant populations in Memphis and surrounding Delta regions of poverty;
- To develop and implement transdisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and inter-institutional basic, behavioral, clinical, and population-based research on health disparities.
- To actively engage community representatives and health-care providers in collaboratively setting priorities for research, outreach and assessing activities that address health disparities; and
- To attract, retain and educate trans-disciplinary professionals sensitive to the need to prepare, disseminate, and implement use of culturally relevant and research-based health education materials and interventions in work in Memphis and the surrounding Delta region.
The CHEER Partnership
The CHEER Partnership is a partnership of seven organizations who work together to develop, share, and implement research priorities that impact minority health and reduce health inequities. The organizations include the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), Methodist Le Bonheur Hospital, LeMoyne-Owen College (LOC), the Memphis and Shelby County Health Department (MSCHD), Memphis Housing Authority (MHA), First Baptist Church Lauderdale (FBCL), and Mustard Seed Inc (MS).
Funding for the CHEER website was made possible (in part) by 1P20MD005118-01 from the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers or moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
View the CHEER partners and affiliate partners chart .
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