The Welch Center’s Lisa Cooper, MD, MPH, has just been awarded a five-year P50 grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to establish a trans-disciplinary research center to improve cardiovascular outcomes and reduce racial and ethnic disparities in care in Baltimore. The project will employ the principles of community-based participatory research to build durable connections between researchers, healthcare provider networks, community members, and policy-makers. The new Center will first aim to overcome racial disparities in hypertension. Investigators will initially undertake three intervention studies to improve the identification and treatment of African Americans with hypertension, and to improve these patients’ health outcomes.
Dr. Cooper’s center will also build three research cores and other infrastructure to sustain the current and future studies of racial health disparities and to insure rapid knowledge transfer between individual studies as well as the translation of evidence from the Center to clinical and public health practice and policy. Other Welch Center core faculty members who are part of the Center’s team are Drs. Lawrence Appel, Ebony Boulware, Fred Brancati, Joseph Finkelstein, Sherita Golden, Felicia Hill-Briggs, Pete Miller, Nae-Yuh Wang and Jessica Yeh.