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The Morehouse Community-engaged Primary Care Research Network (CPCRN): A Coalition to Advance COVID-19 Equity (CACE) 

PI: Dominic H.Mack, MD, MBA

The overarching objective of the Morehouse School of Medicine Community-engaged Primary Care Research Network will be to narrow the health inequities widened by the COVID-19 pandemic among disproportionately impacted populations served by the primary care safety net across the United States.

As a result of receiving this project, MSM is part of a larger consortium of Community engaged Primary Care Research Networks (CPCRNs) which will support the CEAL Alliance to create a national safety-net.

The MSM CPCRN will:

  • establish a multi-stakeholder network of partners to facilitate short- and long-term collaboration to advance health equity.
  • disseminate and implement existing evidence-based materials, messaging, and resources developed by our national and regional partners (including the CEAL Alliances) and
  • leverage primary care settings to disseminate these messages and materials to
  • will also promote and facilitate inclusion of diverse racial, ethnic, and other populations affected by health disparities

These new connections across networks will foster collaboration and identify best practices for advancing health equity around COVID-19 and the many downstream impacts of the pandemic in primary care settings.


Accelerating our Journey to Health Equity: Leveraging Primary Care, Innovation, and Leadership

Recordings Available!

Event Description 

The co-occurring crises of the COVID-19 pandemic and racism – both structural and interpersonal – have galvanized our nation’s interest in addressing longstanding health inequities. Nationwide protests for racial justice and an end to police violence, the loss of nearly a million US lives due to COVID-19 (more than 6 million deaths globally), growing outrage and advocacy to support those with chronic illness and disability, and the unpredictable effects of ongoing and collective fatigue, grief and trauma have placed our nation at a critical juncture in its reckoning with social injustices and health inequities. This confluence of recent events has positioned health equity and social justice as a key priority across sectors, disciplines, and communities. These events have affected the provision of primary care, health policy and the public’s trust in the nation’s public health and health care systems. From patient well-being to collective health, our approaches to how we do the work to achieve health equity has urgently shifted to accommodate increasing population need during COVID-19. More than 30 years after the federal government formally recognized health inequities in the landmark Heckler Report, unified momentum for meaningful change is at an unprecedented level.  

Join leaders from the National Center for Primary Care for this 2-day virtual summit, which will emphasize the national imperative to achieve health equity, discuss strategies for leveraging the current “window of opportunity,” and amplify the roles of primary care, innovation, and leadership in this effort. The summit will conclude with a call to action for individuals and organizations to implement the strategies needed to ultimately achieve health equity.


NCPC Releases Requests for Proposals (RFP) for Integrated Marketing and Communications in support of National COVID-19 Resiliency Network

The National COVID-19 Resiliency Network (NCRN) spent Year 1 of its three-year cooperative agreement with the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services Office of Minority Health building a strong infrastructure for technology, strategic  partnerships, and research; Now, NCRN seeks a marketing and communications firm to help drive awareness of NCRN's digital health tools and COVID-19 health education resources at a national scale.


As Pandemic Surges, NCRN Launches Mobile App to put COVID-19 Resources in the Hands of Highly Impacted Minority Groups

With cases and deaths surging, the National COVID-19 Resiliency Network (NCRN) launched a new mobile app designed to enable racial/ethnic minority groups -- hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic -- to easily access information and health services to help curb the pandemic’s impact in their local communities. Learn more.


National COVID-19 Resiliency Network host Community Exchange In partnership with Community-Campus Partnerships for Health

We invite you to lend your voice to share your ideas and local leadership as we work together toward community recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic. Through participation in the National COVID-19 Resiliency Network CommUNITY Exchange. Learn more.


MSM Partners with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to Combat COVID-19 and Advance Health Equity in Minority Communities

Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) was awarded a new $40 million grant to fight COVID-19 in racial and ethnic minority, rural and socially vulnerable communities by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH). The National COVID-19 Resiliency Network (NCRN) includes local, state, and national partners representing the following racial and ethnic groups (African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, American Indians, and Alaska Natives) in addition to other vulnerable populations such as those who are incarcerated, justice-involved, and migrant workers in the farming and meat-packing industries. Learn more.


MSM Researchers Find GA counties with More Black Residents Have Higher Rates of COVID-19

In order to identify county-level characteristics associated with high COVID-19 burden, researchers from the National Center for Primary Care at Morehouse School of Medicine studied sociodemographic factors as predictors of COVID-19 confirmed case rates using linear regression models. They specifically examined the state of Georgia, finding counties with a larger percentage of black population had higher confirmed COVID-19 case rates, independent of proportion of people in the county who were poor and uninsured. Learn more.


United Health Foundation Partners with Morehouse School of Medicine to Expand Access to Digital Health Technologies for Rural and Under-served Communities

The United Health Foundation on Thursday announced a new partnership with the Morehouse School of Medicine’s National Center for Primary Care to examine how digital tools could be leveraged to support underserved and rural communities in four Southeastern states. The partnership is funded through a three-year, $1.1 million grant and will support scientific research examining how to make digital health technology more accessible and useful for residents of urban and rural underserved communities across Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina and Tennessee. Learn more.


National Center for Primary Care at Morehouse School of Medicine Receives 3rd consecutive Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award!

The overarching goal of this Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award: Dissemination Initiative is to disseminate evidence generated by PCORI around patient-centered diabetes self-management strategies to front line primary care clinicians (PCC), quality improvement (QI) staff, and patients with non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDD) so that communities of patients and PCCs can engage in chronic disease management strategies that are effective, minimize harm, and reduce financial burdens for patients. The primary objective of this proposal is to effectively disseminate patient centered outcomes research (PCOR) evidence that shows glucose self-monitoring has no clear benefit for diabetic control or quality of life for patients with NIDD to PCCs, patients with NIDD, and QI staff in our large, regional practice-based research network (PBRN) composed of Federally Qualified Health Centers. Dr. Anne Gaglioti, MD is the PI for Project.