[The following was provided by the UMKC Department of Psychology.]
Jannette Berkley-Patton, Ph.D., assistant professor in the UMKC Department of Psychology, recently was informed that she and her collaborators were granted $771,116 from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities to fund their project, “Multilevel Health Promotion in African American Churches.”
Berkley-Patton is the principal investigator on the project, which will be carried out in collaboration with the Calvary Community Outreach Network, a faith-based community organization that leads building the capacity of health ministries with Kansas City African American churches.
The study focuses on planning, developing and pilot-testing an African American church-based, multilevel health promotion intervention to address an African American health disparity. To determine the health disparity issue and the design of the health intervention, the team will conduct a needs assessment with local African American church members and community health leaders in the Kansas City metro.
Community-based participatory research principles will be used to engage faith and other community partners in all aspects of the study, including setting the research agenda, developing and implementing the intervention, and disseminating study findings.
This planning grant has been funded in the first phase of a 3-phase, 11-year NIMHD community-based participatory research initiative. This phase will launch in January 2013 and continue through December 2015.
Faith-based collaborators on the project are Reverend Eric Williams, Executive Director of the Calvary Community Outreach Network and Reverend Cassandra Wainright, Project Director, Calvary Community Outreach Network. UMKC collaborators are Kathy Goggin, Ph.D., professor, UMKC Department of Psychology; Delwyn Catley, Ph.D., professor, UMKC Department of Psychology; and Carole Bowe Thompson, Project Director, UMKC Department of Psychology Community Health Research Group.
For more details, visit the Community Health Research Group.