Our Work With The Community

The GHUCCTS CER mini grant funding effort, in 2011 and 2013, sought to support development of sustainable partnerships between academic researchers and community stakeholders.  The aim of the proposal was to encourage participation, discovery, application, and dissemination of science that improves the public's health and/or reduces health disparities.  The mini grant was designed to stimulate long-term collaborations that would promote the translation of clinical and translational of research into effective practice and public policy.

To learn more about the mini-grant effort supported by CER, please go to the link below. 


Community Based Organization (CBO) Partner

CBO Representative

Academic partner and Institution

Project Focus

First United Methodist Church of Hyattsville (FUMC)


Reverend Joan E. Carter-Rimbach, Senior Pastor and Dr. Mary Carter-Williams


Dr. Alfiee M. Breland-Noble

Georgetown University Department of Psychiatry

Development of a Faith-Based Health Promotion partnership between FUMC and the to build SpeakOut, a FUMC mental health stigma reduction initiative among African-Americans


Nueva Vida, Inc. (NV)

Fernado Ascencio,

Executive Director


Margaret Darling

Chief Evaluation and Advocacy Officer


Kristi Graves

Cancer Prevention and Control Program

Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center

Georgetown University


Development of tips for CBO readiness to participate in community engaged research.


Evolving into a Community-Based Organization that Conducts Collaborative Research: Evidence and Experiences.


African Women’s Cancer Awareness Association (AWCAA)

Ify Anne Nwabukwu, RN, BSN

Executive Director



Vanessa B. Sheppard, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Oncology

Assistant Director, Health Disparities Research

Georgetown University


A Community-Academic Partnership to Facilitate Cancer Control in African-born Women. A project to better understand the characteristics, attitudes, facilitators, and barriers to breast cancer control in African immigrant women.

Northern Virginia Family Services (NVFS)

Cindy Dailey


Multicultural Human Services Programs


Janice Berry Edwards, PhD, LICSW, LCSW-C ACSW, BCD Assistant Professor

Howard University


Fariyal Ross-Sherriff,


Social Work Department

Howard University


Maria Gomez

To describe the level of psychosocial well-being, basic needs/safety and accommodation (language and culture) for clients at NVFS receiving counseling for torture or trauma. Findings show significant improvement on the lives of after counseling services from NVFS.


For a full description of mini-grant project including study findings and accomplishments, please click here