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Trans-Institutional Collaborative to Improve Chronic Disease in Children and Their Families in Underserved Settings

Program Overview

Chronic DiseaseType: Vanderbilt Initiative Award (ViA)

Asthma and sickle cell disease are common in African-American children with both contributing to significant childhood health disparity. The main problem in improving care for one of the most vulnerable pediatric populations is closing the gap between well-established evidence and practical strategies that can change lives of children affected by both chronic diseases. The Trans-Institutional Collaborative to Improve Chronic Disease Management in children and their families in underserved settings is addressing this need by developing strategies to enhance health and well-being of high-risk, underserved children in Tennessee. Scholars from Peabody College and Vanderbilt University Medical Center are working collaboratively to develop innovative methods, models and strategies to address health disparities by integrating health services research with basic behavioral and social sciences and bioinformatics thereby improving health access and quality of care for underserved youth and families. 

Faculty Participants

Principal Investigator in bold

Peabody College

  • Velma Murry, Professor & Betts Chair, Dept. of Human & Organizational Development

School of Medicine

  • Michael DeBaun, JC Peterson Endowed Chair in the Department of Pediatrics
  • Paul Harris, Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Biomedical Engineering

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