The Heart of Health seeks to learn more about health and health disparities experienced by African Americans living in rural areas in Western North Carolina (WNC) and to inform public health, health care, government, social, religious, and other systems to promote health equity.
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We are learning about health and health disparities experienced by African Americans living in rural WNC, the ways that racism operates to influence their health, and the ways community organizations such as churches promote health.
In collaboration with organizations and community members in WNC, we will conduct research, including secondary data analyses, historic content analyses, interviews, and focus groups with African Americans in rural WNC.
This research will inform public health, health care, political, religious, and other systems to promote equity.
Ameena Batada is a faculty member in the health and wellness department at UNC Asheville.
Jill Fromewick is a research scientist at the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC).
JéWana Grier-McEachin is executive director of the Asheville-Buncombe Institute of Parity Achievement (ABIPA).
Dorothy Clark is the project coordinator and Dawn Colbert is the regional research coordinator.