This project is funded under the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s program, Community Research for Health Equity (CRHE), a community-led research program that seeks to elevate community voices and make the priorities of communities the primary goal of local health system transformation efforts. The goal of the study is to determine the impact of implicit bias and perceived discrimination on accessibility and availability of health care services among African American women between the ages of 18 and 44 in Mississippi. The project team will use a mixed-methods approach and apply two models in their analyses: the National Institute for Minority Health and Research Framework and ETR Health Equity Framework. Data will be collected from African American women and health care providers using surveys, focus groups and key informant interviews. Deliverables will include a project work plan and annual and final narrative and financial reports. The project team will also produce a public-facing product of their choice to share new knowledge that can address local health care system inequities and/or make recommendations for action toward system improvements.

Principal Investigator(s)

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Sandra Melvin, DrPH, M.P.H.

Chief Executive Officer - Institute for Advancing Minority Health

Dr. Melvin’s undergraduate work includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Tougaloo College and a B... Read Bio