Overview and Specific Aims


The TCC was founded on the principle that collaboration is the most effective method of effecting change. Therefore, the TCC operates as an institute-wide “center without walls” comprised of researchers, academicians, clinicians, health practitioners, and policy experts housed within several centers and institutes in the MSM community: Satcher Health Leadership Institute (SHLI); Clinical Research Center; National Center for Primary Care; Prevention Research Center; Office of the President and Dean; Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; and Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine.

"The TCC operates as an institute-wide “center without walls” comprised of researchers, academicians, clinicians, health practitioners, and policy experts. "

In the pursuit of eliminating health disparities despite their persistence, Morehouse School of Medicine, under the leadership of MSM Satcher Health Leadership Institute (SHLI) director and 16th Surgeon General of the United States Dr. David Satcher, applied for and received a five (5) year health policy-focused Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center (U54) grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities Research (NIMHD) on September 26, 2012.

The composition of the TCC with all its local and regional partners from both academia and the community reflects its “collaborative” nature, philosophy, and practice. These partners are involved in further developing the strategic regional approach, actively participating in research activities, involved in implementation and dissemination efforts, engaged in policy activities, and provide substantial feedback and guidance to inform the TCC agenda.

Specific Aims of the TCC

  1. Establish a transparent and participatory governance model that shares technology and  resources in order to collaboratively design, implement, evaluate, and disseminate innovative transdisciplinary programs of health policy research
  2. Develop and refine, with the input and active engagement of TCC collaborative partners, meritorious research projects in four health policy areas
  3. Implement and disseminate a regional model for health policy research that will serve as a national resource for adaptable policies on health equity.



TCC summary

TCC Overview Presentation