TRIAD Project Contact



The focus of the Teamwork in Research and Intervention to Alleviate Disparities (TRIAD-2) Center is to enhance research infrastructure and partnerships to address major health disparities of African-Americans, Hispanics and low-income children and adults in central North Carolina. Of utmost concern is that the disparity populations mirror and exceed national (HP 2020) and state (Healthy North Carolinians 2020) targets for HIV/AIDS, cardiovascular disease (CVD), and diabetes and those related risk factors.

The specific purposes of the TRIAD-2 Center are:

  • Enhance the infrastructure to support health disparity research
  • Increase the number and capabilities of health disparity researchers who focus on high-risk groups and high priority topics, especially those from ethnic or racial minorities and women
  • Develop partnerships that address health disparities in the populations of interest.
  • Conduct research to improve health

The TRIAD-2 Center is housed in the Center for the Health of Vulnerable Populations at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Nursing. Center coordination is through one Core (Administrative) and three components (Research Training, Community Education and Outreach and Research). Components are interdisciplinary/interagency, interactive and synergistic to ensure comprehensive efforts to address HIV/AIDS, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and their related risk factors.

This Center is a collaboration between the School of Nursing, Public Health Education, Mathematics, the Center for Biotechnology, Genomic and Health Research, Human Development and Family Studies, the School of Education, Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Economic Development, community members, schools, clinics, health and human service providers, churches and nonprofit agencies. Students, faculty and staff are active participants across the components.

The anticipated short-term outcome is an increased quality and quantity of research, training and outreach efforts to eliminate health disparities. The overarching goal is to assist the community, region and state in meeting the critical health needs of a rapidly increasing, diverse citizenry in a culturally and linguistically competent manner through research, training and outreach.