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Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research (MCUAAAR) Diversity Supplement (J. Mitchell)

a MiCDA Research Project Description

Investigators: James S. Jackson

Funding: National Institute on Aging, 2015-2017 (3 P30 AG 015281 18 S2)

This application seeks support for a productive junior investigator in Social Work, Jaymia (Jamie) Mitchell, into an NIA funded project through a Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research. The NIH parent grant for which this supplement will rely is the Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research (MCUAAAR) led by Drs. James Jackson at the University of Michigan and Peter Lichtenberg at Wayne State University. MCUAAAR is one of seven NIH funded Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR). The application describes the mentoring model used by the MCUAAAR and the planned mentoring and training experiences for the candidate, as well as describes the candidate and the proposed research on interpersonal and systemic facators influencing patient-provider communication for older African American men. While it is well documented that patient-physician communication during medical interactions differs among African American and White patients, for older African Americans in particular, perceived provider communication is a strong predictor of patient satisfaction with and ratings of care, trust in physicians, medication adherence, and informed decision-making. Given the disproportionate cancer and chronic disease burden on older African American men, we know relatively little about how this population perceives, interprets, and acts upon health communication in the patient-provider context.The study will serve as pilot data for an external funding proposal for Dr. Jaymia (Jamie) Mitchell, an African American assistant professor in the School of Social Work at Wayne State University. The MCUAAAR faculty will provide a series of integrative mentoring experiences under the guidance of a mentoring team of Dr. Peter Lichtenberg, Co-Director of the MCUAAAR, and Dr. Terrance Albrecht, director of the Population Studies and Disparties Research program and Behavioral and Field Research Core within Karmanos Cancer Institute; an expert on health communication and video-recorded medical interactions. In addition, Dr. Robert Chapman, Division Head of Hematology/Oncology at Henry Ford Hospital will offer his considerable expertise on analyzing data from the longitudinal randomized trial for which he is Principal Investigator.

Research Signature Theme:

Health and well-being in later life: Chronic Disease