Mental Health Disparities and Community Engagement Core

The Mental Health Disparities and Community Engagement (MHD-CE) Core promotes research on HIV-related mental health disparities by providing expert consultation on intervention development with diverse populations, culturally competent assessment measures and equitable human participant’s research with disenfranchised populations. This core oversees two “consent-to-contact” databases for participant recruitment: one for community members at risk for HIV and the other for the people living with HIV and in care at the University of Miami/Jackson Health System Adult HIV clinic. This core also leads the CHARM Community Advisory Board and all community engagement activities, which are central to the Center’s work.

This core is led by Sannisha Dale, PhD (Core Director), Allan Rodriguez, MD, and Hansel E. Tookes, III, MD, MPH (Core Co-Directors). 

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Core-Related Activities, Resources and Links

  • Community Advisory Board (CAB) - A board composed of community members of diverse backgrounds that advises CHARM.
  • Community Pilot Awards – Internal pilot awards granted to community agencies to conduct community-led and based research on topics involving HIV and Mental Health.
  • CHARMing Conversations - CAB-led panel discussions with guest speakers discussing topics related to HIV and Mental Health, moderated by MHD-CE Core Leadership. 
  • MHD-CE Speaker Series - Seminars given by academic experts on topics related to HIV and Mental Health.
  • Consent to Contact Databases - The MHD-CE Core manages two of CHARM's Consent to Contact databases (CHARM Community Survey and Clinic Archive Project)
  • Community Agency Survey - The first step towards becoming a CHARM Community Partner. To complete the Community Agency Survey, please contact Meadgine Ilmet (mfi13@miami.eduand Ame Leon (