Integrating Special Populations


The Integrating Special Populations (ISP) program of the Georgia CTSA leads efforts toward the inclusion of special populations into clinical and translational research (CTR).

The diverse, yet complimentary, expertise of ISP leadership facilitates the study of implementing multi-level chronic disease prevention and management interventions across the lifespan; timely dissemination of evidence-based guidelines; and the application of culturally-sensitive engagement, enrollment, and retention strategies of special populations CTR. In alignment with the Georgia CTSA’s overall theme of health equity, ISP centers its work around disparities faced by urban and rural racial and ethnic minorities and African-American women of child-bearing age across the state of Georgia. Guided by dissemination and implementation science frameworks, ISP’s current research aims to study and evaluate the impact of rural faith-based multilevel chronic disease prevention and management interventions. Additionally, the function is working diligently to implement a dynamic education series for Georgia CTSA investigators endeavoring to expand or include special populations in their research.

Current Research Initiatives

Fishers of Men

Addressing chronic disease prevention and management in faith-based settings

The Fishers of Men research initiative was developed as an academic-community collaboration with Morehouse School of Medicine, the University of Georgia, and rural churches, to engage rural black residents and assist potential study participants in overcoming barriers to participation in research, such as awareness and trust of research, the research team, and the healthcare system. The study aims to identify barriers, facilitators, and implementation strategies to carry out an evidenced-based, faith-based, chronic disease prevention and management intervention in rural African-American churches in Georgia.

Georgia IMPROVE

Addressing chronic disease prevention and management in faith-based settings

ISP supports an NCATS-funded administrative supplement to establish a framework for Implementing a Maternal Health and PRegnancy Outcomes Vision for Everyone (Georgia IMPROVE), across the state. The Georgia IMPROVE initiative established a Perinatal Coalition, a consortium of women and healthcare providers to inform priorities for preventable maternal mortality, decrease severe maternal morbidity, and promote health equity.

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