Projects

Our data analytics and other data services our helping improve clinical outcomes research, address health disparities and advancing Meharry’s mission to be a leader in data-driven, health equity-focused research. The following is a growing list of projects that are currently underway. 

Creating an analytics prototype to increase access to care for individuals with disabilities

Meharry EDA is working in partnership with Serious Health to create a prototype technology that increases access to care for individuals with disabilities, particularly those who are underserved. The six-month project is funded through a $100,000 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, Phase I grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research.

Patient-Centered Outcome Research Institute – Clinical Data Research Network 

We received a grant from PCORnet to create a large, highly representative national network for conducting health research and clinical outcomes research.  

PCORnet® R-1306-04869 (PI: Rothman, Russell)  
Rajbir Singh (Site: PI), Ashutosh Singhal (Site Co-I) 

CDC

CDC: Center for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC OT 2103 

The CDC-0T21-2103 is a national initiative to address COVID-19 health disparities among populations at high-risk and underserved, including racial and ethnic minority populations and rural communities. Our team is working to increase and improve data collection and reporting for populations experiencing a disproportionate burden of COVID-19 infection, severe illness, and death to guide the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are building, leveraging, and expanding infrastructure support for COVID-19 prevention and control among populations that are at higher risk and underserved. 

Fortune Mhlanga (PD/PI); Ashutosh Singhal (Co-PI) 

High performance computing to support genomics research

One of the goals of Meharry Medical College’s vision statement is to be a leader in data-driven, health equity-focused research. The Meharry EDA is responsible for building and managing state-of-the-art, high-performance computing network that provide the storage and processing power to support genomics research and other high throughput research and advanced knowledge in computational biology and data science. The EDA has two projects that involve building supercomputing clusters for the College.

Helping RCMI researchers address health disparities

The Meharry RCMI Program in Health Disparities Research addresses health disparities at multiples scales of research: from micro to macro environments. Faculty at the School of Applied Computational Sciences faculty are working with their researchers to understand and address their computing needs.

Helping expand broadband access and close the digital divide

American Baptist College (ABC) has received a $3 million grant from the Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program. With this funding, the college will expand the broadband capacity of its campus and its surrounding anchor communities. This effort includes an extensive list of technological initiatives, and ABC is leveraging the expertise of the Meharry EDA to accomplish them. Together, we seek to help achieve the Connecting Minority Communities goal to close the digital divide and provide internet for all.