Project Description

Institute B4: Session D – Current Trends in Faith-Based Research
Tuesday, Nov. 13
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Christopher T. Pullins, MD
Consultant, the Department of Family Medicine
Mayo Clinic Arizona

Janice Bowie, PhD, MPH
Professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society (HBS)

Penny A. Ralston, PhD
Professor, Dean Emeritus and Director
Center on Better Health and Life for Underserved Populations
Florida State University (FSU), Tallahassee, FL

LaPrincess C. Brewer, MD, MPH
Cardiologist and Assistant Professor of Medicine within the Mayo Clinic Division of Preventive Cardiology
Department of Cardiovascular Medicine,  Rochester, MN

Claudia Hardy, MPA 
Program Director for the Office of Community Outreach
University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Comprehensive Cancer Center

Tuesday, Nov. 13
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Low participatory rates of African-Americans in research remain a dilemma and are deeply rooted in historical mistrust. Underrepresentation of any group in a study has potential negative downstream implications in that the benefit of discovered therapies may not be transferable to that subset of the population.

The Black Church serves as a pillar in the African-American community that meets the physical, mental and spiritual needs of its constituents. Its strong influence and access to a large subset of the African-American population makes it a reputable ally in public health. It must be noted that science and faith collaborations provide mutual benefits for society as well as the participating community.

Also, rapport and trust are key ingredients to sustainable Community-Based Research.  All of this is facilitated when the investigator comes from similar backgrounds. This session is directed to those who concurrently serve as members of the faith and scientific community and is currently involved in faith-based research.   During this session:

  • Investigators will discuss recent research projects completed with faith-based communities.
  • Participants will be able to observe the stages of a project from preparation to publication.
  • Participants will brainstorm a potential study with fellow attendees.
  • Participants will have the opportunity to network with session investigators, public health workers, clinicians, and scientists with similar research interests.