Health inequalities exist across Baltimore City and disproportionately affect minority communities. One-sided approaches designed to address these challenges are often ineffective, and Morgan CARES about community power and input.
We invite you to join our network of diverse and innovative stakeholders, to work together on issues that directly impact our communities. Mentorship, technical assistance, capacity building, and access to seed funding are just a few of the benefits of joining.
The Morgan CARES Network
Morgan CARES is a hub for community and academic leaders to connect and form long-lasting partnerships. We strive to foster strong community-campus relationships that produce collaborative projects to promote health parity.
Morgan CARES deeply about integrating community needs and perspectives into all stages of research. By working together to increase understanding and awareness of health disparities, the knowledge gained will lead to solutions that positively benefit community residents. This process is what drives our work, and is known as Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR).
Our network membership allows interested individuals to sign up to receive our newsletter, stay up to date with information about our program, and have opportunities to connect with others in the network. Sign up to become a member today!
Partnering with Morgan CARES
Are you an existing member of the network who wants to take things to the next level? Consider becoming a Partner! Partnership means that you are committed to community health research, and you either want to get engaged with existing projects, or apply for a Morgan CARES Community Award to fund your small project. Partners also have priority when registering for training, workshops, and other professional development and skill-building opportunities.
The Morgan CARES Community Award Program
NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS!
The Morgan CARES Community Award is a small seed funding initiative intended to support community-campus collaborations. The goal of this small award is to promote and strengthen partnerships between community-based organizations and groups, and members of academia at Morgan State University. It is the hope that these connections form a strong foundation that supports the emergence of responsive, community-led public health initiatives that promote health equity in communities across Baltimore City.
New partners may engage in supportive activities and training, among other supports, for as long as they wish, to forge a strong partnership before developing and submitting an application. Partners who have existing community-campus collaborations may also apply.
Morgan CARES can support up to 10 Community Award projects a year, and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Applications are reviewed each quarter, and projects are selected for funding. Applications will continue to be accepted while funds remain available.
See our Community Award Program for more details.
The Morgan CARES Community Center
The Morgan CARES Community Center is housed in Suite 1204 at 2101 E. Biddle Street, in the Stone Building of the Hoen & Co. Lithograph Campus. The Center for Neighborhood Innovation affords opportunities for Morgan CARES and our Network to connect and collaborate with the other anchor tenants housed within our building, including ABC Baltimore, the Strong City Adult Learning Center, and Outlook OVFX, among many others.
Morgan CARES opened the doors of its Community Center in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and since then it has been used by various groups and community members in the Network for meetings, training sessions, presentations, and so much more. We hosted over 200 sessions in the facility during the first two years of operation, and we have been able to collaborate with countless community and academic partners.
In addition to these programs and services, Morgan CARES also serves as the Central Office for the International Collaboration for Participatory Health Research, as an official distribution site of rapid at-home COVID-19 tests for the Baltimore City Health Department, and houses the East Baltimore NAMI Metro Baltimore hub.
The Morgan CARES Model
The Morgan CARES Model has been designed as a framework for conducting CBPR, and provides a structure for developing a well-aligned community engagement and partnership approach. This model follows a multi-stage process to develop a measurable tool to track achievements and to assess long-standing CBPR partnership success for any given project.
The CARES Model involves five stages:
(1) Connection, where members gain foundational knowledge and skills, and enhance their interest in community research.
(2) Partnership Development occurs when members commit to increasing their engagement from “Membership” to “Partnership”. At this time members connect with others who have complementary skills and interests, and engage in training, discussions, and networking opportunities together.
(3) Innovation. Once partners have formalized their commitment to work together, they collaboratively design a research project and secure funding with support from the Morgan CARES team.
(4) Collaborative Action. At this stage, funding (or other resources) has been secured and partnerships have initiated project activities. Partners have access to our Community Center to support project activities including technical assistance, and logistical support to further sustain their collaborative activities.
(5) Outcome and Impact. Partnerships now share the results of their efforts to various stakeholders, and receive additional support to help sustain projects and partnerships for long-term health promotion and impact on health practice and policy.
Read more about our model here.
Senior Program Coordinator
Hoen & Co Lithograph Building
2101 E Biddle Street
Stone Building, Suite 1204
Baltimore MD 21213
P: (443) 885-3626
Funding Acknowledgement: This program is funded through the Community Engagement Core component of the Center for Urban Health Disparities Research and Innovation at Morgan State University (RCMI@Morgan), awarded by the National Institute of Minority Health & Health Disparities (NIMHD).