Through the 49 focus groups, CIHDR investigators met a number of women who expressed interest in working with the team to further CIHDR's scientific mission.
Members of the CAB and summer apprentices presented findings either independently or with CIHDR investigators at professional meetings and in community venues.
In the fourth year of CIHDR funding, a group of dedicated community members; academic investigators from a number of local universities, including a sister health disparities center at the University of Illinois at Chicago that was funded by the same mechanism as CIHDR (Warnecke et al.
When CIHDR was developed in 2003, no community organizations were considered well enough positioned to represent South Side Chicago concerns about breast cancer and related issues; however, two changes had occurred by the end of CIHDIR's first five years of funding.
The CIHDR team gathered evidence for its model of how social environmental factors affect African American and white breast cancer disparities (Gehlert, Sohmer, et al.
The CIHDR vertically oriented model of social environment and gene interactions starts at the top with race, poverty, disruption, and neighborhood crime; moves to social isolation, acquired vigilance, and depression; then to stress-hormone dynamics; and finally to cell survival and tumor development (Gehlert, Sohmer, et al.
The CIHDR team of social, behavioral, and biological investigators began its operations by listening to community voices to understand how the life experiences and social circumstances of South Side Chicago residents might "get under the skin" to influence biological and clinical outcomes that lead to African American and white breast cancer disparities.
The CIHDR team found that codifying agreements with community partners well in advance of the research project makes the inevitable conflicts manageable that arise when parties with disparate perspectives work together.