CERC is committed to building sustainable, mutually beneficial partnerships around the shared goal of improving community health. Community partners include health and social service providers, faith-based organizations, public health agencies, and health-focused coalitions. Learn more about our community partners.
Below are descriptions of some of our funded mini-grant projects and the community-academic partnerships that support them.
Assessing Newcomer Refugee Families Linked with a School-Based Intervention
This grant assists in launching the Newcomer Refugee Families project, a partnership between the International Newcomer Academy (INA) of Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) and Community Health Initiatives (CHI) at the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health (VIGH). The intent of the joint project is to assess the perceived health and well-being of Karenni families who have received INA interventions. A series of focus groups will be conducted with women in the Karenni community, a linguistically unique minority of Burmese refugees who have been resettled in Nashville between 2008 and 2010. Each participant has a child or grandchild who has no previous formal education and who has received their initial educational experience through INA. The focus groups will address participants’ perceptions of health and well-being, covering topics such as employment, physical health, education, family life and culture. In addition to the groups, structured interviews will be conducted with INA faculty and staff as well as other service providers who have worked with the Karenni population. This project should benefit both academic and community partners by fostering a better understanding of one of Nashville’s especially vulnerable communities.
Health Promotion in Racial and Ethnic Minority Males
This grant supports the Nashville Health Disparities Coalition's (NHDC) efforts to assess needs in two areas: (1) barriers and challenges that African-American males encounter in accessing health care services in Nashville; and (2) how health literacy impedes or encourages access to health care. A series of focus groups will be conducted during the grant year with African American men ages 21-45. In addition, health provider and non-profit social service provider stakeholders will also be interviewed for their perspectives on to improve the health outcomes of this population. Participants in the grant activities will also assist with the development of a survey tool that accurately captures the concerns of African American men re: health care. The survey tool will become the basis of a future project that will assess these issues community-wide.