Factors facilitating academic-community research partnerships with African-American churches: A community-based, cluster randomized trial for cardiovascular health promotion

African-Americans (AA) continue to be underrepresented in medical research and clinical trials, undermining health equity. AA churches are valuable partners in implementing health promotion interventions to combat health disparities.  The objective of this study was to evaluate church characteristics associated with enrollment into the FAITH! Trial, a community-based, cluster randomized trial for cardiovascular health (CVH) promotion among AA churches.

Kristene Tadese

medical student

Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine(MCASOM)

Kristene Tadese is a fourth year medical student at Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine(MCASOM) who aims to increase awareness about and address health and healthcare disparities disproportionately affecting under-resourced patient populations within the U.S. healthcare system. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy and International Affairs at Princeton University before matriculating as a medical student to MCASOM. Throughout her short academic career, she has prioritized investigating health conditions most debilitating to minority communities and their barriers to accessing health care. She hopes to use her future role as a physician to promote health equity and foster collaboration between communities of color and health institutions.

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