Description of Core
The purpose of the Community Engagement & Translation Core is to further guide and support investigators in developing the knowledge and skills needed to create innovative self-management strategies that address barriers to the implementation and dissemination of effective self-management interventions.
We aim to facilitate collaborative working relationships with UT researchers and community partners to foster Community-Based Participatory Research. Furthermore, we solicit guidance and feedback from our community advisory board to support our investigators in research design, implementation, and dissemination of research findings to the scientific community and public consumers.
The African American Mental Health and Wellness Program (AMEN) provides mental and physical health assistance to local African American residents in partnership with two local churches. The AMEN program includes education, outreach, and access to health resources.
The Community Health Worker (CHW) Institute was established to improve the quality of life and health outcomes of underserved communities in Central Texas by training CHWs in specialty topics such as health promotion, chronic disease self-management, mental health, women’s health, and COVID.
Health Equity (MSVW/AAAHCT)
Our Health Equity program in partnership with the Alliance for African American Health in Central Texas (AAAHCT) and Mama Sana Vibrant Woman (MSVW) aims to address the healthcare needs of the most vulnerable people in our community in a culturally relevant manner.
In 2019 the HEALING Project (Health, Empowerment, Autonomy and Learning In Neuropathy Groups) was established to develop a comprehensive self-management support program that focuses on improving self-care knowledge and behaviors for people with neuropathy. This program was made possible by a generous gift from the Neuropathy Alliance of Texas.