Research Projects

Our research is primarily conducted in the following areas:

CANCER PREVENTION

Cancer prevention research has been conducted in both Dallas and Tarrant Counties with the aim of providing culturally-responsive outreach, prevention, and capacity building for North Texas communities to address health disparities.

The Dallas Cancer Disparities Community Coalition was begun in South Dallas in 2007 to facilitate knowledge, skills and resources to reduce the burden of breast cancer (and other cancers) in vulnerable and underserved populations in Dallas County, Texas. Through the Coalition, the following projects have been undertaken:

  • The Dallas Cancer Disparities Community Research Coalition project was a $299,930 Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) grant. The purpose of this project was to implement an innovative community-based education intervention to reduce and eliminate breast cancer disparities in the South Dallas/Fair Park area. (Project completed.)
  • The Dallas Cancer Disparities Community Research Coalition project is a $299,930 Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) grant. The purpose of this project is to implement an innovative community-based education intervention to reduce and eliminate breast cancer disparities in the South Dallas/Fair Park area. (Project completed.)
  • The Comprehensive Breast Cancer Prevention for High Risk Women in Dallas County project, funded by a $1.4 million Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) grant, expands the ongoing work to encompass all of Dallas County. The project implements a comprehensive, integrated breast cancer prevention program, including outreach and education, delivery of screening services, follow-up navigation, and cancer-preventive behavior maintenance, targeted to the highest risk women, age 40 and older, in Dallas County.

The Breast Cancer Outreach and Prevention Initiative is one of three initiatives under the Community Outreach Core, one of four components of the Texas Center for Health Disparities Center of Excellence, a 5-year, $6,664,315 grant from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities. The purpose of this initiative is to create a Tarrant County Cancer Disparities Coalition, with technical assistance from the Dallas Cancer Disparities Coalition, with a focus on building community capacity among underserved Tarrant County women. To read more about the Community Outreach Core, click here.

The Culturally-Sensitive HPV Education in Tarrant County project was a $298,148 Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) grant. The goal of this project was to increase HPV vaccination among girls ages 9-17 in Tarrant County. A combination of interventions were implemented, including community outreach, social media, and clinical inreach. (Project completed.)

INFANT MORTALITY

The Healthy Moms-Healthy Babies-Healthy Community Initiative (H3) is a $135,372 intramural planning grant that focuses on Infant Mortality in Tarrant County. The Initiative has convened an Oversight Board, and is working to build a partnership with the affected community, conduct focus groups to raise awareness and knowledge regarding infant mortality and its risk factors, and develop a strategic plan to reduce infant mortality rates in Tarrant County.

Under the umbrella of the H3 Initiative, the Center for Community Health has also received multiple awards, including:

  • A $64,000 award from Sam's Club, through the YMCA of the USA. In partnership with the YMCA, this award seeks to address barriers to health that overburden low-income communities and people of color by addressing gaps in community development and healthcare systems. 
  • A $7,000 award from the Office of Women's Health to fund Celebrate ME!, a collaborative efforts with the Southeast Fort Worth YMCA that will provide a 3-week educational series focusing on the physical, emotional, and spiritual health of women and culminating in a Mother's Day Luncheon.
  • A $10,000 award from the Office of Women's Health to fund Media Madness and the Public Health Message, a week-long symposium focusing on the representations of public health messages for women found in different media such as films, social media, music videos, and more.  
  • A $25,000 award from the Kellogg Foundation to collaborate with CityMaTCH in gathering information that portrays community members' perception of the impact of racism on infant mortality.

OBESITY PREVENTION

The Strategic Plan for Obesity Prevention in Texas, 2012-2021 - Evaluation Project is a $70,340 grant from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).  The goal of this project is to create an implementation and evaluation plan for the goals and objectives set for obesity prevention by the DSHS.  Current efforts to prevent obesity in Texas will be assessed as they relate to the strategic plan goals, and recommendations will be developed on measures needed to reach target goals by 2021.  The project will additionally focus on expanding current DSHS partnerships to fill gaps in strategic areas of prevention and ensure adequate regional representation.

The Obesity Outreach and Prevention Initiative is one of three initiatives under the Community Outreach Core, one of four components of the Texas Center for Health Disparities Center of Excellence, a 5-year, $6,664,315 grant from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities. The purpose of this initiative is to strengthen the efforts of the Greater Dallas Area Coalition to Prevent Childhood Obesity by building community capacity to reduce and prevent obesity among underserved Dallas County women. To read more about this Community Outreach Core, click here.

CHRONIC DISEASE

Healthy Aging and Independent Living: Health Literacy Program is a $50,000 grant from the United Way of Tarrant County. This project will broaden community-based support of Tarrant County adults over age 35 with chronic disabling conditions, and their caregivers, by improving health literacy among this population. 

The Transforming Texas Program, a 5-year project, is part of the national Community Transformation Grant (CTG) program through the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) which was awarded to the Texas Department of State Health Services to focus on the implementation of interventions in four strategic areas aligning with the Affordable Care Act. The Center for Community Health is conducting the evaluation of Transforming Texas, which includes 18 organizations representing more than 3.6 million Texans living in  urban, rural, frontier, and border counties spanning over 268,820 square miles of the state. 

HIV/AIDS

The HIV Outreach and Prevention Initiative is one of three initiatives under the Community Outreach Core, one of four components of the Texas Center for Health Disparities Center of Excellence, a 5-year, $6,664,315 grant from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities. The aim of this initiative is to work with the Dallas Family Access Network to enhance HIV prevention among young women through enhancing HIV health literacy and encouraging them to test. To read more about the Community Outreach Core, click here.

The Ryan White Title IV Program and Adolescent Initiative, Dallas Family Access Network grant was an ongoing assessment project through the Health Resources and Services Administration,designed to promote high-quality comprehensive health care for HIV+ women and their families, including conducting survey and focus group research with these women in the clinic setting. (Project completed.)

OTHER

The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in the United States: A national study of CSEC prevalence, prosecution and services, the Dallas Site, is a $13,208 project funded through the U.S. Department of Justice.  The project will attempt to develop 1) a better understanding of the commercially sexually exploited child (CSEC) population in Dallas, 2) assess, monitor and improve the national capacity and performance of organizations and institutions meant to provide services to commercially sexually exploited children, and 3) institutionalize and disseminate lessons learned and best practices. (Project completed.)

The North Texas Health Equity Project is a $38,000 grant awarded by the Health and Human Services Commission.  This grant will build the capacity of community-based organizations to reduce and eliminate disparities in infant mortality, obesity, and related conditions in this region through community-based participatory research (CBPR) training, education, and community outreach activities. (Project completed.)

This page last updated 07th May 2014