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Center Core Functions

The Center to Eliminate Cardiovascular Disease Health Disparities is led by Lisa A. Cooper, M.D. She is the Principal Investigator and has overall responsibility for the Center. In addition to the three research projects, the Center's organizational model is based on three cores: the Administrative Core, a Training and Career Development Core, and a Shared Resources Core. Contact the Center if you have questions about how our Cores support our work.

Administrative Core:

Lisa A. Cooper, MD, MPH, directs the Center's Administrative Core with the assistance of Jennifer P. Halbert, MSPH. This core is responsible for the overall management of the Center. This includes guiding and coordinating shared resources and training activities and managing the Center's studies. The Administrative Core is designed to:

  • Manage the operational aspects of the Center
  • Provide administrative and budgetary support to the research projects and coordinate their use of the resources to maximize scientific productivity
  • Promote trans-disciplinary collaboration via a monthly seminar series that brings investigators and trainees together to discuss ongoing and new research pertinent to the field
  • Plan and coordinate all Center meetings and activities
  • Assist the Training Core in identifying appropriate candidates for the Cardiovascular Disparities Scholars Program; providing appropriate administrative support to trainees; and coordinating monthly journal clubs
  • Assist the Shared Resources Core in maintaining a list of datasets and a library of instruments and intervention protocols, and in creating and maintaining the Center's website
  • Promote the vision of the Center through liaisons within the Hopkins institutions and with the scientific community, the local community of health care providers and health care organization leaders, the community of patients cared for by Johns Hopkins Community Physicians, and the broader community

Training and Career Development Core:

Sherita Hill Golden, M.D., M.H.S., leads the Training Core. Our training program has supplemented the instruction of a total of four pre-doctoral students, five postdoctoral fellows, and six junior faculty members who are/were supported by one of six established NIH-funded training programs through the Schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing, or enrolled in the Master of Public Health (MPH) program. Our Training Core is designed to:

  • Supplement additional training in cardiovascular health disparities to individuals participating in already-established Johns Hopkins training and career development programs, through the Health Disparities Certificate Program and Health Disparities Journal Club in the Bloomberg School of Public Health and in the Schools of Medicine and Nursing.
  • Provide mentoring teams of senior faculty with expertise in five core research areas: cardiovascular epidemiology; health services research; behavioral science; health disparities; and community-based participatory research (CBPR).
  • Provide funds to each trainee to support investigator-initiated projects in the area of CVD health disparities through funding pilot projects and faculty support.

Shared Resources Core:

Kathryn (Kit) Carson, Sc.M., directs the Shared Resources Core. This core provides an array of services to coordinate the different activities of the Center, including database development, data management, and analytic support for the Center. Merging these activities into the Shared Resources Core helps the Center better coordinate its research activities. The Shared Resources Core is designed to:

  • Provide advice and consultation on study design and data analysis for the three projects and the trainees of the Center
  • Provide informatics infrastructure for the Center including a study website to facilitate research coordination, data capture and management tools to standardize data acquisition and analysis, and to implement disease registry and computer-assisted blood pressure measurement to support intervention components of this project
  • Provide assistance in recruitment and retention of research subjects
  • Provide assistance in the development and delivery of interventions for blood pressure control
  • Enhance translation/dissemination of findings in the area of hypertension and cardiovascular health of vulnerable populations.


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