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LinCS 2 Durham is a five-year research project undertaken by FHI, North Carolina Central University (NCCU), the Durham County Health Department (DCHD), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). The National Institute of Nursing Research, part of the National Institutes of Health, is providing the funding.



FHI is a public health and development organization working to improve the lives of the world's most vulnerable people. Its 2,500 staff work in 55 countries conducting research and implementing programs that advance public health and build local capacity to address development problems. Since 1971, FHI has been a global leader in family planning and reproductive health and, since 1986, in the worldwide response to HIV/AIDS. Its research and programs also address malaria, tuberculosis, and other infectious and chronic diseases. FHI's partners include U.S. and international agencies, governments, foundations, research institutions, and individual donors.

FHI’s role in LinCS 2 Durham is to provide overall leadership and management of the project with active participation and influence from the local institutional partners and the CAB-partnership (newly titled Collaborative Council).

North Carolina Central University

Since 1910, the mission of North Carolina Central University (NCCU) has been to prepare students academically and professionally to become leaders. NCCU is a comprehensive institution, which offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 100 fields of study and awards graduate degrees in an estimated 40 disciplines. The University has a state-of-the-art biotechnology research institute, which collaborates with pharmacy and biotech companies in the much-touted Research Triangle Park area, where NCCU is found. Research Triangle Park is home to the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world – GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) and Merck.  With nearly 9,000 students enrolled, the historically black university is diverse. International studies and exchange programs attract exchange students from more than 13 countries, including Liberia, India, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Nepal, China, the Czech Republic, Nigeria, South Korea, Russia, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and South Africa.

NCCU is located in the heart of Durham and has strong links to the African American community. The field office for the LinCS 2 Durham project is housed in the Department of Public Health Education in the Miller-Morgan Building on the NCCU campus.  Undergraduate and graduate students from NCCU and UNC-Chapel Hill help staff the office.

Durham County Public Health Department

The mission of the Durham County Health Department (DCHD) is to preserve, protect, and enhance the general health and environment of the community.  LinCS 2 Durham works closely with the Division of Health Education, a division of the DCHD that provides a variety of learning opportunities to help people adopt behaviors that promote health and prevent disease and disability.  Health education services are provided in the clinic and community settings in three areas: health promotion and wellness, communicable diseases, and maternal and child health.  The DCHD also provides health education through health fairs, workshops, and in-service group and community educational sessions conducted at various sites and agencies in Durham County.    

The DCHD coordinates the CAB-partnership (newly titled Collaborative Council) for LinCS 2 Durham.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Center for AIDS Research (CFAR)

The UNC CFAR is a consortium of three complementary institutions: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH), Research Triangle Institute (RTI), and Family Health International (FHI). The CFAR provides infrastructure to support investigation of the HIV/AIDS epidemic using clinical research, behavioral research, research into HIV biology and pathogenesis at the molecular level, and educational outreach. The CFAR provides administrative and shared research support to enhance and coordinate high quality AIDS research projects. The Center accomplishes this through core facilities that provide expertise, resources, and services not otherwise readily obtained through more traditional funding mechanisms.  It emphasizes the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration, especially between basic and clinical investigators, translational research in which findings from the laboratory are brought to the clinic and vice versa, and an emphasis upon inclusion of minorities and inclusion of prevention and behavioral change research.  Infrastructure for these four approaches provides needed support for our research community as we pursue the fundamental issues of HIV/AIDS research and education.

UNC-CH CFAR provides key staff support to the LinCS 2 Durham project.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) has existed for two centuries as the nation's first state university. Through its excellent undergraduate programs, it has provided higher education to 10 generations of students, many of whom have become leaders of the state and the nation. Since the nineteenth century, it has offered distinguished graduate and professional programs.  The University is a doctoral/research-extensive university. Fundamental to this designation is a faculty actively involved in research, scholarship, and creative work, whose teaching is transformed by discovery and whose service is informed by current knowledge. The mission of the University is to serve all the people of the state, and indeed the nation, as a center for scholarship and creative endeavor. The University exists to teach students at all levels in an environment of research, free inquiry, and personal responsibility; to expand the body of knowledge; to improve the condition of human life through service and publication; and to enrich the culture.

UNC-CH provides key staff support to the LinCS 2 Durham project.

CAB-Partnership (newly titled Collaborative Council)

Meetings of the LinCS 2 Durham Collaborative Council bring together community members and scientists to share and learn, to build a lasting and trustworthy relationship, to decide jointly what research needs to be done to prevent HIV in Durham’s Black community, and to then pursue these priorities together.


National Institute of Nursing Research

The mission of the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) is to promote and improve the health of individuals, families, communities, and populations. The NINR supports and conducts clinical and basic research and research training on health and illness across the lifespan. The research focus encompasses health promotion and disease prevention, quality of life, health disparities, and end-of-life. The NINR seeks to extend nursing science by integrating the biological and behavioral sciences, employing new technologies to research questions, improving research methods, and developing the scientists of the future.

The NINR, part of the National Institutes of Health, is providing the funding for the LinCS 2 Durham project.  

National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research. Helping to lead the way toward important medical discoveries that improve people's health and save lives, NIH scientists investigate ways to prevent disease as well as the causes, treatments, and even cures for common and rare diseases. Composed of 27 institutes and centers, the NIH provides leadership and financial support to researchers in every state and throughout the world.


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