The Community Research Outreach Workers Network (CROWN)

What is the CROWN board?

  • A standing review board consisting of members from the scientific, health and lay communities.
  • A review board that evaluates Institutional Review Board (IRB)-approved research proposals from investigators (scientists, graduate students) wishing to recruit African American participants in the research process.
  • Supported by the Uniformed Services University Center for Health Disparities (USUCHD) with funding from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD).

How can I Access the Registry?

  • Check out the Review Criteria before submitting an application.
  • Submit an application and additional information.
  • Provide a cover letter to the board addressing the following questions: Why are you interested in using the CROWN registry? What previous research is available with regard to African Americans and your particular research area, and how can this research benefit the African American population?
  • The CROWN board will review your application package based on investigator experience, methods, and cultural relevance.
  • An approved application will allow access to the CROWN registry.

What are the Benefits of Using the Registry?

  • There is no cost.
  • Investigators can diversify their samples and that it will help increase ethnic diversity research.

Where can I get more Information?

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