The disparities associated with cardiometabolic and obesity-related diseases in Mississippi cannot be addressed without research and intervention at the community level. All three MCCTR institutions have strengths in community-engaged research, as do our consortium partners, the LACaTS Center and the Mayo Clinic CCaTS. Drs. Caroline Compretta, Holly Huye, and Wendy White lead the Community Engagement and Outreach (CEO) Core and oversee the CEO Institute, the multi-institutional CEO Working Group, and Community Advisory Board.
The MCCTR proudly offers an annual one-week residential Community Engagement and Outreach Summer Institute that trains selected junior faculty members from all major Mississippi universities in the principles and practice of CEO, and offers opportunities for them to compete for funding for clinical, translational, and population-related pilot research projects. Thus in addition to training junior investigators from partner institutions in independent CEO, the CEO Institute helps to identify promising CEnR investigators for support through the MCCTR Pilot Projects Program.
The multi-institutional CEO Working Group holds monthly teleconferences to present ongoing and completed community-engaged research projects, discuss available resources and research options, and seek opportunities for multi-institutional obesity research projects and funding. To become involved with the CEnR Working Group, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caroline Compretta, PhD, Co-Director of the Community Engagement and Outreach Core, Principal Investigator for UMMC site
Dr. Compretta is an assistant professor with faculty appointements in the Department of Preventive Medicine, Department of Pediatrics and the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
Holly Huye, PhD, Co-Director of the Community Engagement and Outreach Core, Principal Investigator for USM site
Dr. Holly is an associate professor in the School of Kinesiology and Nutrition at the University of Southern Mississippi.
Wendy White, PhD, Co-Director of the Community Engagement and Outreach Core, Principal Investigator for the Tougaloo site
Dr. White is the Principal Investigator and Director for the Jackson Heart Study Undergraduate Training and Education Center at Tougaloo College.
The CEO co-directors have collaboratively directed the operations of the CEO Core, including such activities as the Summer Institute, Working Group, Pilot Project review, and CAB. The organizational chart is illustrated here.