Campus and community partnerships both with Winston-Salem State University, a historically black university, and with the local community to create a nationally recognized model for addressing racial and ethnic health disparities.
Nationally recognized programs in underrepresented minority health education.
Nationally recognized research on underrepresented minority health related areas and in the development of mechanisms for the translation of new research findings into efficient, cost-effective preventive health care for underrepresented minority populations.
The school's leadership in the development and career advancement of underrepresented minority researchers, educators, clinicians and leaders.
"In establishing the Maya Angelou Research Center on Minority Health, we will create a model that can be replicated to serve the health needs of other communities across the nation," said Dean.
The School of Medicine already has a broad range of leading research and clinical programs in the six major focus areas in minority health targeted by the United States Department of Health and Human Services: infant mortality; cancer screening and management; cardiovascular diseases; diabetes; HIV infection; and child and adult immunizations.
The programs range from basic and clinical studies on contributing factors for the development of hypertension and other vascular diseases in African Americans to a federally funded study designed to address cultural barriers to breast cancer screening. In addition, the Downtown Health Plaza of Baptist Hospital serves most of the uninsured children in Forsyth County and approximately half of the children with Medicaid coverage.
The racially diverse population of Forsyth County and the burden of disease and prevalence of risk factors in the community create an appropriate setting for the Maya Angelou Research Center on Minority Health, as well as an urgent need for applying multidisciplinary
Contact: Jim Steele, Mark Wright or Bob Conn
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center