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Meharry Medical College and findhelp Collaborate to Investigate Link Between SDoH and Smoking Cessation Rates

AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–find helpthe nation’s leading social care network, announced a new research collaboration with Nashville’s Meharry Medical College Center for the Study of Social Determinants of Health (CSSDoH), as part of a consortium of leading research centers to transform chronic health disparities that disproportionately burden minority ethnic and racial communities. Nearly 100 community health centers across the Southeastern United States will contribute to the study, which will explore how meeting social needs, such as housing, food and child care, can impact health. tobacco addiction and increase quit rates.

Funded by a grant from the National Institute for Health (NIH), the Meharry Center for Social Determinants of Health will soon launch a longitudinal clinical study of the effectiveness of the mHealth smoking cessation app, QuitBuddy, in underserved populations. The study will assess outcome data from more than 2,000 adult smokers to explore the impact of digital tools on the difficulties people face when quitting smoking and recovering from a relapse.

As Meharry’s faculty recently noted in an article contributed to American Scientist, “recognizing and addressing the distinct needs and challenges of African Americans seeking to quit smoking is critical to improving their quit rates.” Despite similar smoking prevalence rates, African Americans have higher smoking-associated mortality rates, including lower cancer survival rates, than white Americans, according to US Department of Health and Human Services data. Understanding the unique challenges faced by African Americans and other minorities will be key to reducing racial disparities in various health outcomes and maximizing health equity.

“We are thrilled to expand our contribution to the medical research community alongside Meharry Medical College,” said Erine Gray, Foundhelp and CEO of findhelp. “We strongly believe in using data to make strategic decisions. We are proud to support this important work to improve smoking cessation interventions to help people live healthier and safer lives.

“We chose findhelp because of their strong capabilities and broad reach that help us meet community needs and improve access to a range of services to accelerate health equity in our communities” , says lead researcher Dr. Bryan Heckman, director of the Study Center. social determinants of health at Meharry. “Tobacco use is a public health issue that disproportionately affects underserved communities. This study will help us better understand the root causes so that we can continue to chart the course towards health equity for all.

The research collaboration between the two organizations hopes to set the standard for assessing the impact of meeting social needs on smoking cessation and pave the way for policy makers to include SDoH resources to support people seeking support. tobacco addiction in their communities.

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About finding help

findhelp is the nation’s leading social protection network, enabling customers from a wide range of industries to easily integrate social protection into the work they already do, from education and government to housing, healthcare health, etc. Through client platforms and our public site, findhelp.orgThe findhelp network reaches over 9 million users across the country, making it easy to connect people seeking help and the verified social service providers who serve them, with dignity and ease.

About the CSSDoH

Since the founding of Meharry Medical College, the mission has been to level health inequities and improve health and health care programs for minority and underserved communities. Meharry Medical College established the Center for the Study of Social Determinants of Health in 2019 to further Meharry’s mission to serve the underserved. The CSSDoH’s vision is to empower communities through research and awareness programs focused on health, wellness and science. To learn more about the Centre’s research, initiatives and business incubator, ResilienSeed, please visit:

About Meharry Medical College

Meharry Medical College, founded in 1876, is the largest private, independent, historically black academic health science center in the nation, dedicated to training minorities and other health care professionals. True to its heritage, it is a related institution of The United Methodist Church. The College is particularly well known for its unique and highly effective educational programs; emerging prominence in health disparities research; culturally appropriate and evidence-based health services and a significant contribution to the diversity of the nation’s health professions workforce. Meharry is one of the nation’s leading educators of African Americans with MD and DDS degrees and a Ph.D. degrees in biomedical sciences. To visit to learn more.