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

Caregiver College Training Series
The Caregiver College program is an in-person culturally relevant educational training series designed for caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease with caregiving coping strategies and approaches for seeking community-based resources.

Men’s Health Initiative
 The Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity is committed to raising awareness, sharing resources, and doing our part to empower men to increase health span and lifespan. Stay connected with us as we provide support and encourage men to take steps needed to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

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.

Ecclesiastical Advisory Council
The Ecclesiastical Advisory Council is an essential element that contributes to the success of our Triad Pastoral Network (TPN).