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Center to Boost HHS Research and Evaluation

021010NewsAndNotes_TelfairUNCG has created a center devoted to applied research and evaluation in health, human and community services.

The Center for Social, Community and Health Research and Evaluation (CSCHRE) will be led by Dr. Joseph Telfair (in visual), a professor in the Department of Public Health Education in the School of Health and Human Performance, and will be located in MHRA Building.

By strengthening the capacity of the university to conduct evaluative research, consultation and service, the center will reduce the need for UNCG researchers to go outside the university for evaluation services, keeping a larger share of research funding on campus and allow UNCG to increase its collaborative partnerships with community agencies and programs. The presence of the center will also strengthen faculty members’ applications for new grants and contracts, administrators say.

“This new center expands UNCG’s research infrastructure and will house a critical mass of expertise in this rapidly growing field,” says Dr. Terri Shelton, interim vice chancellor for research and economic development. “It will provide vital support to our faculty and help us continue to increase our research and community service.”

CSCHRE’s primary partners at the university, at least initially, will be three other centers: the Center for Biotechnology, Genomics and Health Research (CBGHR); the Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships (CYFCP); and the McDowell Research Center for Global IT Management. The center also has an active collaboration with the Center for New North Carolinians. Community and state partners include Piedmont Health Services and Sickle Cell Agency, North Carolina Division of Public Health (NCDPH) – Perinatal Health and Family Support, and the Sickle Cell Syndrome Program.

A faculty member at UNCG since 2006, Telfair serves as principal investigator, evaluator or project director on a number of research and evaluation projects at the local, state, regional and national level. He is a member of several public health, genetics and research advisory committees for the National Institutes of Health, the Health Resources and Services Administration and national non-governmental agencies, including the American Public Health Association.

His areas of expertise include culturally competent research; policy issues affecting women, teens and children with chronic medical conditions; access to health care for the poor, people of color and residents of rural areas; and social aspects of HIV/AIDS research and evaluation. He serves as mentor and instructor on collaborative training grants for lay and professional health personnel in a number of countries in the developing world.

Current evaluative research projects for Dr. Telfair and the CSCHRE include the Sowing the Seeds of Health (Sembrando las Semillas de la Salud) (NCI) with University of Alabama at Birmingham, the Genomedical Project with the UNCG CBGHR, Duke University and Moses Cone Hospital and the National Hemoglobinopathy Newborn Screening Initiative (HRSA) with the SCDAA and community-based agencies nationwide.

He earned dual master’s degrees in social work and public health at the University of California at Berkeley and a doctorate in public health from Johns Hopkins University.