Our Center focuses on community engagement with specific populations that have historically experienced health disparities: African Americans and American Indians. We do this through the NC American Indian Health Board, the Triad Pastors Network and other initiatives.

Community engagement contributes directly to achieving the center’s mission, and is part of all aspects of our work and we partner with the Program in Community Engagement , to ensure the following:

  • Internal education
  • Actively engaging community members in research as partners, not just subjects
  • Using the knowledge of the community to understand health problems and to design interventions to improve health care outcomes
  • Educating community members on how research is done and what comes out of it
  • Sharing study results with the community and continuing the health equity conversation

Community Engagement Opportunities


Triad Pastoral Network

A community-academic partnership between faith leaders and the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity in collaboration with the Sticht Center on Aging and Rehabilitation.

Already a Member or Interested in Joining the Triad Pastors Network? Visit our Triad Pastors Network Resource Portal to receive updates on educational resources, training material, shared congregational assets, teleconference calls, webinars, events and more.

Congregational Health Ambassadors

Participate in monthly workshops where they learn skills, coordinate congregational health promotional activities and events to establish and/or expand Health Ministries at each place of worship; thereby improving the health of congregations.

Caregivers College

An annual meeting hosted by the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity aimed at providing resources, respite, and education to caregivers throughout North Carolina.

NC American Indian Engagement

Conducted in collaboration with the NC American Indian Health Board to advance the knowledge and access to resources relevant for NC American Indian populations.