The Developing Families Center formed a partnership with Georgetown University’s Center for Health and Education and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) in 2006 to design and carry out research using the Community Based Participatory Research model. In 2011 the partnership moved to Virgnia Tech’s Carilion Research Institute, and is co-directed by Drs. Sharon and Craig Ramey of VA Tech and Dr. Linda Randolph of the DFC. The project operated under the Community Based Participatory Research model.

This project, entitled “Service Delivery Models to Reduce Maternal and Child Health Disparities”(or the NICHD RO1 5 year grant) focused on how to build research capacity and then conduct scientific inquiry about promising service delivery approaches to improve the health and well-being of inner-city, African-American, predominately low-income families.

The specific aims of our project were:

  1. To expand and evaluate a community-university research partnership designed to advance knowledge about the health of inner city families
  2. To implement an electronic health record system that integrates prenatal, birth, GYN, and pediatric care with social services and early childhood development programming;
  3. To develop and refine innovative research methods that incorporate appropriate cultural perspectives;
  4. To conduct a series of descriptive studies on health disparities topics.