Springfield, Massachusetts is an urban community that suffers from numerous health inequities. High rates of teen pregnancy, premature birth, opioid addiction, and infant mortality affect the youngest community members. Older children have the highest rates of obesity and asthma in the state. Adults have disproportionate rates of diabetes, HIV/AIDS, and cardiovascular disease; violence threatens all. Closely linked to poverty, these threats to health limit the potential of many of Springfield’s residents. Project ACCCES will draw on the unique skills of Springfield’s Department of Health and Human Services, Partners for a Healthier Community, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the health of Springfield’s community, and patients and investigators at Baystate Medical Center, a tertiary care academic medical center in Springfield. These partners, with our Advisory Board, will develop and convene a series of workshops designed to be the catalyst for conducting community-engaged comparative effectiveness research in this at-risk community.
The projected output from this project is the creation of a network of community members, physicians, patients and investigators through focus groups and advisory boards to develop workshops to promote and participate in CEnR.
Project collaborators include Tufts University CTSI; Springfield Department of Health and Human Services; Partners for a Healthier Community; Baystate; American International College; Caring Health Center; Gandara Center; Martin Luther King Center; Springfield Partners for Community Action; and Holyoke Community College.
Project Resource: Baystate April Workshop Flyer
Project Resource: Baystate Community Voices in Research Presentation