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LA CaTS Announces 2020 Community Scholars Program Teams

Released: Thursday, January 09, 2020

The Community Engagement and Outreach Resource (CEOR) is pleased to announce the Cohort 3 awardees of the Louisiana Community Scholars Program: 

Robert Newton, PhD — Pennington Biomedical Research Center and Felisa Carpenter—Oasis Christian Church

Project title: “SmartChurch Pilot”

Celestine Carter, APRN, DNS, Arlisha Mason, MSN, PhD — LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing and Reverend Dr. James Turner, Pastor Torin Sanders, PhD, LCSW— NOLA Area African-American Churches HIV Coalition

Project titleAfrican-American Churches, Researchers, Providers, and the Community Working Together to Reduce HIV in the New Orleans Area” 

Both awardee teams include an Academic PI and a Community PI as well as other assisting partners and will work towards improving these health disparities over the course of a year, through the LA CoSP (LA CaTS Community Scholars Program) pilot funding. Awardee teams complete didactic training components, receive CBPR mentorship, and are scheduled to complete their projects in June 2020. 

The purpose of LA CoSP is to increase the capacity of community-academic partners to conduct community-engaged research with mutual ownership of the processes and products, with the ultimate goal of improving the health of residents of Louisiana and the nation. LA CoSP aims to promote collaboration and trusted partnership between community-based organizations addressing health disparities and translational researchers within LA CaTS, and to provide opportunities for community-academic partners to stimulate subsequent research funding, projects and peer-reviewed publications

For more information on the LA CaTS Community Scholars Program, visit or contact us a



About the Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science (LA CaTS) Center
The LA CaTS Center is comprised of three primary collaborating institutions in the state, including LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, and Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans – and also includes six research partners: LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, and in New Orleans, Xavier University of Louisiana, Children’s Hospital, Ochsner Health System, Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System, and University Medical Center.  The LA CaTS Center’s vision for Louisiana encompasses the strengths and capacities unique to each member institution and represents a unified, comprehensive approach for targeting prevention, care and research of chronic diseases in the underserved population.  The scholar program is supported in part by U54 GM104940 from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health which funds the Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science Center.  For more information, please visit