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Research and Writing 

I have received international recognition for my research and expertise in community-engaged and patient-oriented research in racial disparities in health and advancing health equity. I led multiple community-based participatory research projects focused among rural, racial and ethnic minorities with funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Greenwall Foundation. I have demonstrated expertise in drawing communities, faculty, and health professions into working partnerships in clinical and translational research, ultimately transforming the process and products of research to create a climate that fosters equity. In 2013, I established the UNC Center for Health Equity Research to bring together collaborative, multidisciplinary teams of scholars, trainees, and community members to improve health through a shared commitment to innovation, collaboration, and health equity. I co-lead the RWJF’s Advancing Change Leadership Clinical Scholars Program, which provides intensive learning, collaboration, networking, and leadership development to seasoned clinicians to create a community of practitioners promoting health equity across the country.


Select Writing (for a full bibliography of over 160 publications please see here; last author position denotes senior author)


Distrust, race, and research.  Corbie-Smith G, Thomas SB, St George DM. Arch Intern Med. 2002 Nov 25;162(21):2458-63. doi: 10.1001/archinte.162.21.2458. PMID: 12437405 


The potential impact of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion on reducing colorectal cancer screening disparities in African American males.  Powell W, Frerichs L, Townsley R, Mayorga M, Richmond J, Corbie-Smith G, Wheeler S, Hassmiller Lich K. PLoS One. 2020 Jan 24;15(1):e0226942. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0226942. eCollection 2020. PMID: 31978084  


Convergence Despite Divergence: Views of Academic and Community Stakeholders about the Ethics of Community-Engaged Research.  Hoover SM, Tiwari S, Kim J, Green M, Richmond A, Wynn M, Nisbeth KS, Rennie S, Corbie-Smith G. Ethn Dis. 2019 Apr 18;29(2):309-316. doi: 10.18865/ed.29.2.309. eCollection 2019 Spring. PMID: 31057316 


Developing a research agenda for cardiovascular disease prevention in high-risk rural communities.  Melvin CL, Corbie-Smith G, Kumanyika SK, Pratt CA, Nelson C, Walker ER, Ammerman A, Ayala GX, Best LG, Cherrington AL, Economos CD, Green LW, Harman J, Hooker SP, Murray DM, Perri MG, Ricketts TC; Workshop Working Group on CVD Prevention in High-Risk Rural Communities. Am J Public Health. 2013 Jun;103(6):1011-21. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2012.300984. Epub 2013 Apr 18. PMID: 23597371   


Connecting Dots to Bridge the Health Disparities Gap: Implementation of a Scalable Electronic Medical Record-Integrated Community Referral Intervention at the Clinic Visit. 

Corbie-Smith G, Hoover SM, Dave G. Am J Public Health. 2019 Apr;109(4):531-533. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2019.304993. PMID: 30865511 

Integrating Systems Science and Community-Based Participatory Research to Achieve Health Equity. Frerichs L, Lich KH, Dave G, Corbie-Smith G. Am J Public Health. 2016 Feb;106(2):215-22. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2015.302944. Epub 2015 Dec 21.PMID: 26691110  


What is the role of culture, diversity, and community engagement in transdisciplinary translational science? Graham PW, Kim MM, Clinton-Sherrod AM, Yaros A, Richmond AN, Jackson M, Corbie-Smith G. Transl Behav Med. 2016 Mar;6(1):115-24. doi: 10.1007/s13142-015-0368-2.

PMID: 27012259  


Building Capacity in Community-Based Participatory Research Partnerships Through a Focus on Process and Multiculturalism.  Corbie-Smith G, Bryant AR, Walker DJ, Blumenthal C, Council B, Courtney D, Adimora A. Prog Community Health Partnersh. 2015 Summer;9(2):261-73. doi: 10.1353/cpr.2015.0038. PMID: 26412767


Towards a unified taxonomy of health indicators: academic health centers and communities working together to improve population health.  Aguilar-Gaxiola S, Ahmed S, Franco Z, Kissack A, Gabriel D, Hurd T, Ziegahn L, Bates NJ, Calhoun K, Carter-Edwards L, Corbie-Smith G, Eder MM, Ferrans C, Hacker K, Rumala BB, Strelnick AH, Wallerstein N. Acad Med. 2014 Apr;89(4):564-72. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000000198. PMID: 24556775 


Results from a pilot promotora program to reduce depression and stress among immigrant Latinas.  Tran AN, Ornelas IJ, Kim M, Perez G, Green M, Lyn MJ, Corbie-Smith G.

Health Promot Pract. 2014 May;15(3):365-72. doi: 10.1177/1524839913511635. Epub 2013 Dec 13. PMID: 24334543  


Development of a multilevel intervention to increase HIV clinical trial participation among rural minorities.  Corbie-Smith G, Odeneye E, Banks B, Shandor Miles M, Roman Isler M. Health Educ Behav. 2013 Jun;40(3):274-85. doi: 10.1177/1090198112452124. Epub 2012 Sep 18. PMID: 22991051  


Partnerships in health disparities research and the roles of pastors of black churches: potential conflict, synergy, and expectations.  Corbie-Smith G, Goldmon M, Isler MR, Washington C, Ammerman A, Green M, Bunton A. J Natl Med Assoc. 2010 Sep;102(9):823-31. doi: 10.1016/s0027-9684(15)30680-5. PMID: 20922927  


Development of an interinstitutional collaboration to support community-partnered research addressing the health of emerging Latino populations. Corbie-Smith G, Yaggy SD, Lyn M, Green M, Ornelas IJ, Simmons T, Perez G, Blumenthal C. Acad Med. 2010 Apr;85(4):728-35. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e3181d2b874.PMID: 20354397


Changing healthcare professionals' behaviors to eliminate disparities in healthcare: What do we know? How might we proceed?  Horner RD, Salazar W, Geiger HJ, Bullock K, Corbie-Smith G, Cornog M, Flores G; Working Group on Changing Health Care Professionals' Behavior.

Am J Manag Care. 2004 Sep;10 Spec No: SP12-9. PMID: 15481432

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