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Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity

About The Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity

The Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity (MACHE) supports the learning health care system in advancing health equity and population health research by aligning scientific discoveries with best practices. 

As part of the Wake Forest Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), MACHE is designated as a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded Center of Excellence with the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHHD). This prestigious designation positions us well to implement innovative approaches for improving population health. 

The center was founded in 2002 as a result of the collaborative efforts of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (WFBMC) administration, Dr. Angelou and other key individuals. We are honored that our center carries the name of one of America’s great poets, memoirists and civil right advocates. We strive to keep Dr. Angelou’s legacy alive through our work in health equity.

Our Vision

Our vision is to achieve health equity for all by moving scientific discovery to action.

Our Mission

MACHE is dedicated to influencing health equity through:
• Translational research navigation to impact population health
• Health and biomedical science pipeline programming
• Health equity education and training

Our staff works closely to assist WFBMC investigators to increase the involvement of special populations in research. Populations of special focus include: 
• Older adults (65 years of age and older)
• Children and adolescents (17 years of age and younger)
• Underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities

Key Goals and Outcomes 

  • Build, shape and disseminate WFBMC’s portfolio of health equity research within WFBMC.
  • Facilitate integration of special populations in research projects through various venues across the WFBMC research enterprise.
  • Develop educational and other programs that will contribute to the pipeline of the health equity workforce within WFBMC, in our partner academic institutions and beyond.
  • Grow the number, capacity and diversity of health equity researchers at WFBMC.
  • Create and nurture relationships with critical audiences in the community, in partnership with the CTSI’s Program in Community Engagement, other WFBMC interdisciplinary outreach networks and external community partners.
  • Advocate conditions for the inclusion of health equity as a key component in WFBMC strategic initiatives.

Our Programs

Programs within the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity are intended to:

  • Navigate the research process to support the implementation of translational research aimed at improving health equity outcomes.
  • Increase opportunities for underrepresented individuals to pursue health and biomedical science careers.
  • Increase knowledge and skills around health equity in meaningful ways.

Community Engagement

Community engagement contributes directly to achieving the center’s mission, and is part of all aspects of our work, including:

  • 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.  

Translational Research Navigation

Through translational research navigation, MACHE works to advance the conduct of population health research (also known as T4 research), focusing on broad-based, sustainable outcomes that influence health policy in underserved populations. Using the resources of the faculty and staff of the Wake Forest School of Medicine and collaborative partners, MACHE is well positioned to improve health equity outcomes.   

Learn more about our current programs.

Upcoming Events and Opportunities

Roots of Health Inequity Group Collaborative
From September 2017 to September 2018, MACHE is hosting an online, group-based learning collaboration: 

The Roots of Health Inequity

Participants will explore concepts and strategies by working through five units that describe different aspects of social justice as they relate to public health, and participate in monthly guided discussions facilitated by MACHE in person or by phone. Participants will receive post-course qualitative feedback.

As part of the Roots of Health Inequity Learning Collaborative, participants will be able to:

  • Explore social processes that produce health inequities in the distribution of disease and illness.
  • Strategize more effective ways to act on the root causes of health inequity.
  • Form relationships with others who are working to ensure health equity.

If you would like to participate in this collaborative, please let us know by filling out this form.

Giving Opportunities

The Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity continues to apply for and receive research funding, and the impact of our work is contingent on continued philanthropic support. By aligning scientific discoveries with best practices, we strive to achieve health equity. Learn more about how you can help.  

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